Maybe you already saw that BitFenix offers a mini-ITX case family (Prodigy) and thought to yourself, "Self, if only the darn thing came in green or blue, I'd totally be sold!" If that sounds at all familiar, then (A) you may want to construct an aluminum foil deflector beanie to prevent BitFenix from continuing to read your mind, or (B) think up other ideas you'd like to see BitFenix implement, the company is listening.
Looking for a mid-tower chassis that won't break the bank? If so, BitFenix is hoping you'll be drawn to the company's new Survivor White chassis for gamers. At $109 MSRP, it's a pretty affordable enclosure with "elegant styling" and "ruggedized features engineered for the mobile digital warrior," BitFenix says. It also boasts the same SoftTouch surface treatment that's quickly becoming a staple of BitFenix cases.
Halloween is still more than a month away, but that didn't stop BitFenix from creating and naming another case that sounds like it could double as a costume. The company's newest chassis is called Ghost, an unassuming case that was designed with a minimalistic approach to blend into virtually any home decor, along with utilizing silencing material to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to itself.
The whole point of building a mini-ITX system is to have something with a small footprint that you can tuck inconspicuously out of the way or plop on your desk without having it dominate your work/play environment. And that's well and good, but it typically means making sacrifices in your component selection. What if you didn't have to? That's the question BitFenix asks with its new Prodigy, "the first mini-ITX chassis designed with enthusiasts in mind."
The world's population of fan controllers grew by two this week, courtesy of BitFenix, including one model the company claims is the world's first Internet-connected fan controller (Recon) and another that sports low profile sliders (Hydra Pro) for compatibility with just about any case, even ones with doors. The Hydra Pro features 30W per channel performance (with five channels), offers push-button LED on/off functionality when combined with BitFenix's Spectre and Spectre Pro LED fans, and boasts BitFenix's SofTouch surface treatment similar to what you find on many rubberized smartphones.
When we reviewed BitFenix's Shinobi Window, we praised the company for managing to "pack a whole lotta class into its miniscule frame," noting that the case stood "firmly in mid-tower territory" at 8.1 inches wide, 18.1 inches high, and 19.3 inches deep (you can read the full review here). If you believe that size matters and found yourself yearning for something bigger, you might be more interested in BitFenix's new Shinobi XL, a bigger version of the original.
Case fans are in the running for the least appreciated PC component. They're not often glamorous or sexy, but without fans, your big and burly desktop system is little more than a vertical oven for your hot running PC parts. Even if fans don't get the attention they perhaps deserve, there's still some innovation going on by those who build them, like BitFenix, which just announced its new Spectre Pro Performance Fan Series.
The new Raider case from BitFenix is supposedly the world's first to feature four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports right on top of the chassis, the company claims, and until we can prove otherwise, we'll go ahead and take BitFenix's word for it. "Aggressive cooling" was another focus point when designing the Raider mid-tower case, and it sports no less than three premium BitFenix Spectra fans with sickle-shaped fan blades and low noise operation.
BitFenix broke a fistful of rules when it designed its new Outlaw mid-tower gaming chassis. It starts with the motherboard tray, which has been flipped upside down so that the graphics card -- typically one of the hottest components in any gaming build -- sits close to the top in close proximity to the two top fan vents, and where there's more room for today's elongated graphics cards.
Longtime Maximum PC readers might remember former Associate Editor David Murphy stuffing a shopping cart full of PC parts into a cardboard enclosure in order to save some nickels in our $500 PC Build Off challenge. Obvious safety hazards notwithstanding, Murphy's pauper path to PCtopia is still an option, or you could forgo a night at the movies and apply that money you would have spent on an ultra cheap chassis like BitFenix's new Merc series.