The desktop PC has evolved into a platform for enthusiasts and modders to cram as much gear into a case as they can. Sometimes it is just not practical for taking to a LAN or using as an HTPC due to the size and weight of a custom PC. There has been a concerted effort by some case manufacturers to reduce the footprint of the desktop without leaving the features of a larger chassis behind. We all have grown spoiled to the conveniences of cable routing, drive bays and countless cooling options. This is where the ingenuity and innovation of BitFenix comes into play. BitFenfix, the creator of the popular mini ITX Prodigy case is looking to fill a gap in the small form factor market. Many complained the original Prodigy did not support the larger micro ATX board and felt left out. The Prodigy M with full support for micro ATX and mini ITX boards is said to offer the same flexibility and style of the original Prodigy case with the same small footprint. Let's take a look into how BitFenix pulled this off.
Introduction BitFenix has made some pretty impressive cases in the past, from their Shinobi XL all the way down to the small yet powerful Prodigy. Let’s also not forget about the Spectre series fans, the Alchemy sleeved PSU extensions, and their LED strips. We all have seen one of these cases modded at some point. I’ve seen at least 100 case mods/builds featuring one of BitFenix’s cases. This is because of their innovative thought and design process. Now we’re back with another innovative case design, the Ronin. The Ronin has a feature we usually only see on modded cases, a feature that has to be hand made. It’s BitFenix’s stealth cover. This stealth cover is used to add a great aesthetic look and feel to the case. It also helps hide those unsightly ODD/HDD bays and PSU out of site so we can focus on the actual parts we want to display. We have support for a 240mm rad out of the box, a removable FlexCage, and it includes 2x 120mm fans. One of the new features the Ronin offers that I’ve never seen on a case is its SofTouch™ surface treatment. This adds a classy style to the Ronin. Before we start this review let’s read a little bit about BitFenix. BitFenix is the result of the collaboration of several veterans in both the technology and gaming industries. From the same minds behind some of technology’s most venerable products, BitFenix creates hardware and peripherals that grant the user the utmost control, strengt...
With the number of manufacturers designing more of today's cases with the extra "bling", we are seeing a lot of chassis with large side panel windows and fancy LED lights. It is sometimes nice to have a change of scenery by looking at something a little different. Today we have the chance to share our experience with BitFenix's new "Ghost" Chassis. The BitFenix Ghost is a chassis that was designed to be a silent computing tower but not sacrifice the cooling capabilities of modern systems and accessories. The sleek, smooth and glossy exterior finish has a simple yet elegant design that really stands out from the designs we typically see. While there are few fancy bells and whistles with the exterior aesthetics, the "Ghost" has features that will surprise even the most avid users today. As we dive into the essence of the BitFenix Ghost we will take a look at some of the special features that makes this chassis different from the rest.
When cooling our computers their are numerous different ways to go about it, to say the least. Some of us might install faster and bigger fans, while others could use water cooling. But, one of the easiest, most reliable and most cost effective solutions, is to simply control the speed and airflow from your fans strategically to the different parts of your case. You can do this with a fan controller. Today we are looking at another new arrival from BitFenix, the BitFenix Hydra Pro. This is a fan controller designed for the cost-conscious consumer who is looking for a simple and cost effective fan controller to power high speed fans or even a water cooling pump. Read on to see if the BitFenix Hydra Pro can fill those needs.
Cooling is an issue that will likely always be a concern, whether we run our computers at stock settings or overclocked it really makes no difference. There is always going to be heat generated from every electrical component in your system. There are many ways to accomplish this, from faster or bigger fans, to exotic water cooling. Both have their pros and cons, but sometimes the easiest, most reliable and most cost effective way to accomplish something comes from getting back to basics. Fans in most cases fit this bill and offer a cost effective solution to improve or adjust cooling throughout your system. But, running fans at full speed all the time can leave us with noise problems and in most cases, cool and quiet cannot coexist together. Or can they? Is it possible to breathe new life into that old computer or custom build with your current fans? What if you could control the speed, airflow, and temperature strategically to different parts of your case? Imagine being able to do this both quickly and effortlessly, and wirelessly as well. Today I have the pleasure of bringing you what may be the world’s first internet connected fan controller, The Bitfenix Recon. It's designed for a new age of mobile devices and built on a platform with software that’s Browser based, meaning it is compatible with virtually any mobile operating system, including iOS, Android, or Windows. The Bitfenix Recon sports a cool looking illuminated easy on the eyes touchscree...
Today we have the pleasure of reviewing the Bitfenix Prodigy Arctic White Mini-ITX Tower, and this case might just exemplify the old adage that good things come in small packages. Could it redefine the meaning of Mini-ITX platform with its modular design, cooling features, and flexibility? We are going to dive in and find out.