BitFenix Phenom M & ITX Review

Up Close: Exterior Overview and Roof

BitFenix Phenom Review

Up Close:  Exterior Overview and Roof

There's no denying the minimalist looks of the Phenom, both the sides and the front are practically featureless aside from a metallic slightly iridescent BitFenix logo and the front I/O on the right hand side. 

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A thin mesh strip runs along the upper and front edges of the case, both allowing air in and providing visual separation of the two planes.  The front I/O area is located in the front corner of the right hand side so as no to spoil the looks of the front fascia.

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Like the front surface the roof has been given the once over with the oh so slippy BitFenix SofTouch surface treatment.  It's been around for a while now and although you could say "if you've felt one you've felt them all", (ahem) we do still think that the treatment lends a sense of quality to the Phenom.  Even the fan filter/grill which is easily removed via the catch at the rear appears to have been given the good news with the slippy brush.  Just a shame they've not applied it to the case sides.   

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With the roof vent removed we get our first peek inside the Phenom.  Dark isn't it!  I guess it won't be too long before we get a windowed version, and no doubt before then we'll be seeing many a window mod hitting the Project logs section of the OC3D forums 

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08-11-2013, 10:17:25

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...105354696l.jpg

A sleek cuboid case from BitFenix, available in Black and White as well as Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX versions, what's no to like!


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08-11-2013, 10:25:46

Feronix
Finallyyyyyy

I seriously want the Phenom mITX in white. Wish they made a side panel window option available though Going to read now, thanks Gary!

Edit;
Hey I have just read through it (skipped some of the mATX parts) and it leaves me with two questions.

1) The front of the Phenom is completely closed. Why is there still a 5.25" bay on the inside? You couldn't acces it from the front anyway. I know it's easily removable and most people won't use an optical drive anyway but it just leaves me wondering.

2) Would it be a bad idea to drill some more holes into the sides where the front fans would intake? Would it make the case less stable or anything? And also is there no 'gap' in the bottom (of the front panel) for air to get through, and if so, would it look silly to create one?

I have lots of ideas for this case but I want to do a high-end build and if it's not good enough, it's just not good enough, as much as that sucks cause I love the way it looks and the options that it offers for the price.Quote

08-11-2013, 14:24:31

G-Dubs
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1) The front of the Phenom is completely closed. Why is there still a 5.25" bay on the inside? You couldn't acces it from the front anyway. I know it's easily removable and most people won't use an optical drive anyway but it just leaves me wondering.

2) Would it be a bad idea to drill some more holes into the sides where the front fans would intake? Would it make the case less stable or anything? And also is there no 'gap' in the bottom (of the front panel) for air to get through, and if so, would it look silly to create one?
1) The 5.25" bay is there as it is on all models that share the same original Prodigy chassis. From a manufacturing standpoint it's cheaper to leave it there than it is to press new panels without it.

2) All pretty much depends on your modding skills, but there's not too much that can be done to improve matters significantlyQuote
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