BitFenix en BitFenix Neos Brings Color to the Budget Market <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_neos.jpg" alt="BitFenix Neos" title="BitFenix Neos" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />A value minded case line that comes in four color options</h3> <p>Looking to express yourself with your PC? Maybe you just want to run with a color theme. Either way, <strong>BitFenix's new Neos case line gives budget buyers several color options</strong>, along with uncluttered styling, upgradeability, and an "affordable" price tag. Buyers also have the choice of picking up a Neos with or without a side panel window -- both versions come with a colored mesh front panel available in black, blue, red, or silver.</p> <p>"Of course, the mesh itself is not merely cosmetic. A closer look reveals extra-large holes that allow for unencumbered airflow to system components. At the same time, this mesh design allows the negative space behind it to actually become a part of the overall design, providing a subtle yet appealing design element to the case," <a href=",color-your-world-with-bitfenix-neos/" target="_blank">BitFenix says</a>.</p> <p>Other features include USB 3.0 support, tool-less hard disk and optical drive installation, support for 2.5-inch SSDs, dust filters, and compatibility with graphics cards up to 30 centimeters long.</p> <p>Two included 120mm fans on the windowed version handle cooling duties, and there's room for a third 120mm fan as well. The non-window version comes with a single 120mm fan.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>You'll notice in the video above that several references are made to the Neos being a "reasonably priced case." Unfortunately, BitFenix didn't include the MSRP(s) in its press release. We've reached out to BitFenix for information on how much these cases will cost and will update when we hear back.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">BitFenix Neo with window</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">without window</a> will both be available soon.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>BitFenix tells us the Neos will sell for $49 without a window and $59 with with a window. Also, the windows will be available separately and will fit both the Neos and Comrade.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware neos News Thu, 15 May 2014 15:34:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 27815 at BitFenix Attacks Power Supply Market with a 'Fury' Line <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_fury.jpg" alt="BitFenix Fury PSU" title="BitFenix Fury PSU" width="228" height="191" style="float: right;" />An attempt to mesh top quality design with aesthetic flair</h3> <p>Which is more important to you, form or function? If you're thinking both, you might be a candidate for BitFenix's new Fury line of power supplies. Looking at "challenging the status quo," <strong>BitFenix designed its Fury PSU line to run reliably and look good while doing it</strong>. Usually when a PSU maker talks about aesthetics, it's a sign that quality took a backseat, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.</p> <p>We haven't tested one of these so all we have is BitFenix's description and specs to go on, but what's listed is pretty impressive. The Fury PSU line is 80 Plus Gold certified for efficiency, uses all Japanese capacitors, comes with a single beefy +12V rail, and is backed by a 5-year warranty.</p> <p>As far as the Fury's aesthetic swagger, both the top and bottom sport a stamped BitFenix logo along with a custom aluminum ring so that it's visible no matter matter which end is sticking up. It's a somewhat aggressive looking unit with a matte power-coat finish and individually braided cables that are modular (save for the 24-pin main ATX connector, which is permanently attached).</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><a href=",introducing-bitfenix-fury-psu-series/" target="_blank">BitFenix says</a> the <a href="" target="_blank">Fury</a> will be available in May in 550W, 650W, and 750W variants. No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix Build a PC fury Hardware power supply PSU News Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:27:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 27722 at Newegg Daily Deals: AMD FX-8350 Black Edition, Intel Core i5 3470, and More! <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/amd_fx-8350_box.jpg" alt="AMD FX-8350 Retail Box" title="AMD FX-8350 Retail Box" width="300" height="254" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>Have you finally had your fill of Flappy Bird? Good, not put down the tablet and return to the world of power computing. We've missed you. Truly. Unfortunately, while you were preoccupied tapping away at your tablet trying to earn a high score, a band of thieves came into your home and stole everything you owned, even the couch you were sitting on, which you didn't notice because Flappy Bird has that kind of effect of people. They also took your PC - drats! It's time to rebuild your belongings, and where else should you start other than your PC?&nbsp; Yeah, we couldn't think of a better place either. Want to go AMD this time around? Then direct click through to today's top deal for an <a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819113284-_-0304&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera</a> for <strong>$190</strong> with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPHHB22</strong>]. This 8-core chip flies along at 4GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) and has 8MB of L3 cache.</p> <p><strong>Other Deals:</strong></p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819115234-_-0304&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor</a> for <strong>$180</strong> with free shipping (normally $190 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPHHB29</strong>])</p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CASE-N82E16811345036-_-0304&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">BitFenix Phenom M&nbsp; Arctic White Steel/Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case</a> for <strong>$77</strong> with free shipping (normally $90 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPHHC38</strong>])</p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-INT-HDD-N82E16822236344-_-0304&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive 3TB IntelliPower 3.5-inch Internal Hard Drive</a> for <strong>$123</strong> with free shipping (normally $135 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPHHC24</strong>])</p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-DISPLAY-N82E16824009483-_-0304&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Acer H236HLbid Black 23-inch 5ms IPS HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor</a> for <strong>$140</strong> with free shipping (normally $150 - use coupon code: [<strong>LSTFEBSVNGS2</strong>])</p> Acer amd BitFenix Daily Deals daily deals intel Newegg wd Western Digital Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:08:29 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 27378 at BitFenix Rolls Out Comrade Enclosure for First Time Builders on a Budget <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_comrade.jpg" alt="BitFenix Comrade" title="BitFenix Comrade" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" />A friendly case with a friendly name</h3> <p>We were all first-time builders at some point, and whether that describes you now or you're looking for a case that's supposed to be easy to work with and affordable, <strong>BitFenix</strong> believes its <strong>Comrade</strong> chassis fits the bill. According to BitFenix, Comrade sports premium features and functionality that are typically found on cases that cost twice as much, though there's one thing missing from the equation.</p> <p>What's missing is the price. BitFenix's <a href=",bitfenix-introduces-comrade/" target="_blank">press release</a> makes several mentions of the Comrade being an affordable and value-oriented chassis, but there's no MSRP listed. We've reached out to BitFenix to find out the Comrade's retail cost and will update this article when/if we hear back. (<em>Update - BitFenix tells Maximum PC the Comrade will carry an MSRP of only $39 in the U.S.</em>)</p> <p>Pricing aside, the Comrade comes in Midnight Black or Arctic White, both sporting a front panel coated in a smooth micro-texture finish for a premium feel.</p> <p>Inside the case you'll find enough elbow room to install a CPU cooler up to 6.29 inches (160mm) in height and a graphics card up to 11.81 inches (30cm) in length. There are three optical bays and three 3.5-inch drive bays to fill, along with a dedicated 2.5-inch disk rack for up to three SSDs. The PSU sits at the bottom of the case.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_comrade_inside.jpg" alt="BitFenix Comrade Inside" title="BitFenix Comrade Inside" width="620" height="586" /></p> <p>As far as the value-added features BitFenix is raging about, they include tool-free installation, drive locking, removable front and bottom dust filters, all-black cabling, rolled-edge cable pass-throughs, and an independent I/O shield with a USB 3.0 port.</p> <p>The <a href="">BitFenix Comrade</a> will be available to purchase sometime this month.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>BitFenix wasn't kidding when it said the Comrade will be affordable. The company tells Maximum PC the Comrade will be going for an MSRP of just $39 in the U.S.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis comrade enclosure Hardware News Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:55:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 26917 at BitFenix Kicks Off New Audio Line of Products with Flo Headset <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_flo.jpg" alt="BitFenix Flo" title="BitFenix Flo" width="228" height="168" style="float: right;" />Not just a case maker anymore</h3> <p>BitFenix has an extensive line of computer cases and related accessories, and now the company can add audio products to its portfolio. Headlining the new audio lineup is the <strong>BitFenix Flo headset</strong> available in a variety of color options, including Midnight Black, Arctic White, Fire Red, and Cobalt Blue. For its first foray into audio, Bitfenix decided on 40mm neodymium magnet drivers housed in over-the-ear earcups coated with the company's SofTouch Surface Treatment.</p> <p>While BitFenix is new to audio, the company said it partnered with an audio vendor with over 30 years of experiences in professional audio solutions, though declined to offer up a name. The headset is built on top of a steel frame and has a self-adjusting headband, pivoting earcups, and less than 200g of total weight.</p> <p>An in-line remote control with smooth sliding volume action allows users to adjust the volume and/or mute the microphone. When out and about, you can swap out the flexible microphone for the included audio cable and tether it to your smartphone, tablet, or other media player.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">BitFenix Flo headset</a> will be available to purchase later this month. We've reached out to BitFenix for an MSRP and will update this story when/if we hear back.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> audio BitFenix flo Hardware headset Peripherals News Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:26:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 26873 at BitFenix Announces Phenom Case for Small Form Factor Builds <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_phenom.jpg" alt="BitFenix Phenom" title="BitFenix Phenom" width="228" height="224" style="float: right;" />A case Q-Bert would have loved</h3> <p>If you're a fan of cube shaped computer cases, you should take a look at the new Phenom line by <a href=""><strong>BitFenix</strong></a>. The case maker says its Phenom cases sport a "sleek modern cube design" intended to blend into just about any environment, whether it's at the office or home in the living room. Outside of the cube shaped styling, there are two case options, one for mini-ITX builds and the other for micro-ATX configurations.</p> <p>Don't be fooled by the small size. The <a href="" target="_blank">mini-ITX variant</a> has enough room for a thick radiator up to 240mm in length, BitFenix says. It also has a FlexCage that can store up to five 3.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives, or remove it entirely so you can squeeze a long graphics card up to 330mm in length or additional water cooling on the front panel.</p> <p>Along with the 5.25-inch drive adapter and additional mounts on the side panel and PSU case, Phenom can fit up to half a dozen 3.5-inch HDs or 11 SSDs. There are also five fan locations and room for a tower CPU up to 175mm high.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">micro-ATX version</a> has five PCI slots and can accommodate dual graphics cards in SLI or CrossFire. Like the other Phenom, it's water cooling friendly and has ample room for hard drives and SSDs.</p> <p>Both cases will be <a href=",bitfenix-introduces-phenom/" target="_blank">available in October</a>. No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Phenom News Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:21:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 26385 at BitFenix Wants You to Hide Your PC Parts in a Shadow <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_shadwo.jpg" alt="BitFenix Shadow" title="BitFenix Shadow" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />Long graphics card can lurk in the Shadow</h3> <p><a href=""><strong>BitFenix</strong></a> is <a href=",bitfenix-unveils-shadow/" target="_blank">adding a new case</a> to its lineup that will be available to purchase in the fall. It's the Shadow, and like several other BitFenix enclosures, it features the company's SoftTouch surface treatment. The Shadow is a mid-tower chassis measuring 190mm (W) by 440mm (H) x 506mm (D), or 7.4 inches by 17.3 inches by 19.9 inches with support for ATX, micro ATX, and mini ITX motherboards.</p> <p>The Shadow is supposed to represent a trifecta of style, functionality, and value. It has a magnetic door that hides away three 5.25-inch optical drive bays. On the bottom of the door is an LED accent that can glow blue or red, or you can turn it off with the press of a button on the I/O panel.</p> <p>Other features in the Shadow include support for up to seven 3.5-inch drives, a single 2.5-inch drive bay, USB 3.0 support, and seven PCI slots. The case can fit graphics cards up to 320mm (12.59 inches) in length and CPU coolers up to 165mm (6.49 inches) in height.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_shadow_front.jpg" alt="BitFenix Shadow Front" title="BitFenix Shadow Front" width="620" height="619" /></p> <p>Cooling is handled by four 120mm fan locations, including two in the front, one on the bottom, and one in the rear. Two 120mm Spectre fans come pre-installed.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Shadow</a> will be available in October. No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware shadow News Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:33:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 26204 at BitFenix Reengineers Prodigy Chassis to Support Micro ATX Motherboards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/prodigy_m.jpg" alt="BitFenix Prodigy M" title="BitFenix Prodigy M" width="228" height="200" style="float: right;" />Prodigy chassis reborn as Prodigy M for slightly bigger builds</h3> <p>The boys and girls at BitFenix <a href=",bitfenix-launches-prodigy-m/">claim</a> the hardware community has been clamoring for a version of the <a href=""><strong>Prodigy</strong></a> that supports micro ATX motherboards rather than limiting support to mini ITX builds, and so the company answered their collective call with the Prodigy M. The new Prodigy M is a reimagined and reengineered version of the original with the same svelte dimensions, only now you can squeeze a micro ATX motherboard inside and even run with dual graphics cards in CrossFire or SLI, if that's what floats your gaming boat.</p> <p>Though it's relatively small, you can cram a pretty impressive system inside. In addition to dual graphics cards, it has five PCi slots, support for tower CPU coolers up to 160mm in height, and can accommodate slim water cooling radiators up to 240mm in length. Cooling chores are also aided by up to five 120mm fans.</p> <p>On the storage front, the Prodigy M has a removable rack that can be outfitted with up to two 3.5-inch HDDs or three 2.5-inch SSDs. The bottom of the chassis holds an additional two 3.5-inch drives and the included SSD rack on the side panel houses up to two more 2.5-inch drives.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_prodigy_m.jpg" alt="BitFenix Prodigy M" title="BitFenix Prodigy M" width="620" height="374" /></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Prodigy M</a> will be on store shelves in October. No word yet on price, though as a point of reference, the original Prodigy sells for about $80 street.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix case chassis enclosure Hardware matx micro atx prodigy m News Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:38:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 26118 at BitFenix Ronin Case Plays Nice with Water Cooling Gear <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_ronin.jpg" alt="BitFenix Ronin" title="BitFenix Ronin" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />Whether by air or by water, Ronin keeps its cool</h3> <p><a href=""><strong>BitFenix</strong></a> on Thursday <a href=",bitfenix-unveils-ronin/" target="_blank">announced</a> another rubberized ATX computer case for do-it-yourself (DIY) system builders. Dubbed "<a href="" target="_blank">Ronin</a>," this latest creation from BitFenix is coated in the company's SofTouch Surface Treatment and bordered by micro-mesh strips that both add to the aesthetic and act as additional ventilation. On the inside, there's plenty of room to pack in high-end gear.</p> <p>Cooling chores are handled by front and rear 120mm fans, both of which are included. You can optionally add another 120mm fan up front, two more on top, one more on the bottom, and up to two 140mm fans on top. Alternately, BitFenix says there's enough room inside to install a water cooling radiator up to 240mm in length.</p> <p>The chassis can house up to three 5.25-inch drives and up to six 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives. A removable FlexCage makes room for graphics cards up to 240mm in length, though you lose three 3.5-inch slots by taking it out.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Other features include cable management locations, a side panel window, large CPU cutout, filtered front intakes, and a magnetic bottom filter.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware ronin News Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:55:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 25814 at BitFenix Expands Prodigy Case Color Options <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_prodigy_greenblue.jpg" alt="BitFenix Prodigy Case" title="BitFenix Prodigy Case" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />A colorful mini-ITX case line.</h3> <p>Maybe you already saw that BitFenix offers a mini-ITX case family (<a href=""><strong>Prodigy</strong></a>) 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 <a href="" target="_blank">aluminum foil deflector beanie</a> 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.</p> <p>New to the Prodigy case line today are Vivid Green and Cobalt Blue color options, meaning you have up to six different colors to choose from. The others include Arctic White, Midnight Black, Atomic Orange, and Fire Red.</p> <p>"Of course, these new models come with all the same features that made Prodigy the mini-ITX case of choice for thousands of users around the world," <a href=",bitfenix-reveals-prodigy-green-and-blue/" target="_blank">BitFenix says</a>. "From the clean, uncluttered design to the choice materials like FyberFlex Composite and SofTouch™ Surface Treatment, Prodigy Green and Blue users will experience the same BitFenix quality that has brought the original Prodigy to the top of the charts."</p> <p>As a refresher, the Prodigy supports up to five 3.5-inch hard drives or 2.5-inch solid state drives, graphics cards up to 320mm (12.59 inches) in length, and can even accommodate a 240mm radiator (requires removal of the FlexCage).</p> <p>Green and blue Prodigy cases will be available later this month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware mini-itx prodigy News Wed, 08 May 2013 17:46:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 25505 at BitFenix Announces "Survivor White" Mid-Tower Gaming Case <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/bitfenic_survivor_white.jpg" alt="BitFenic Survivor White Thumbnail" title="Survivor White Top" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />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 <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Survivor White</strong></a> 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.</p> <p>"Like the classic Survivor, the case maintains all of its classic aesthetics including the uniquely curved design that helps to protect Survivor White and the hardware inside during transportation," <a href=",introducing-bitfenix-survivor-white/" target="_blank">BitFenix explains</a>. "Proprietary BitFenix SofTouch surface treatment helps protect it from stains and scratches, while the Blue LED BitFenix logo adorning the front of the case offers a subtle look that users can turn also on and off at a press of a button."</p> <p>For LAN party goers, a carry handle on top pops up when you need to transport the case, and snaps back in place when not in use. The I/O panel is also hidden, sitting behind a cover that opens to reveal the LED on/off controls, audio jacks, power and reset buttons, eSATA port, two USB 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports, BitFenix says.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/bitfenic_survivor_white_inside.jpg" alt="BitFenix Survivor White Inside" title="Survivor White" width="620" height="610" /></p> <p>Other notable features include a removable hard drive cage to accommodate extra-long graphics cards, space for up two 200mm fans or three 120mm fans, internal cable management cutouts, dust filters, and a tool-less design.</p> <p>BitFenix says the Survivor White will be on store shelves by the end of the month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> BitFenix built a pc case chassis enclosure Hardware survivor white News Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:45:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 24579 at BitFenix Conjures Ghost Case Wrapped in Noise Dampening Materials <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_ghost.jpg" alt="BitFenix Ghost" width="228" height="204" style="float: right;" />Halloween is still more than a month away, but that didn't stop <a href=""><strong>BitFenix</strong></a> from creating and naming another case that sounds like it could double as a costume. The company's newest chassis is called <a href="">Ghost</a>, 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.</p> <p>From an aesthetic standpoint, <a href=",bitfenix-unveils-ghost/">BitFenix says</a> it used a new surface treatment called NanoChrome, which combines an enamel with mother-of-pearl powder that's then applied to the surface of the case and heated to high temperatures. Functionally, BitFenix covered the inside of both the front door and the two side panels with lightweight noise dampening material. Quiet Spectre fans and anti-vibration hard drive bays further keep noise to a minimum, BitFenix says.</p> <p>Other features of the Ghost include three 5.25-inch drive bays, four 3.5-inch drive bays, three 2.5-inch drive bays, a hot swappable bay up top that doubles as a storage compartment, ample room for water cooling, a dual-hinge door design (the front panel swings open to the left or right), all-black interior, cable cutouts, USB 3.0 support, and various other odds and ends.</p> <p>BitFenix says you'll be able to purchase a Ghost by the end of the month for $99. Until then, check out the company's guided tour in the video below.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure ghost Hardware News Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:12:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 24130 at BitFenix Gives Birth to a Mini-ITX 'Prodigy' with Support for Big Size Components <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_prodigy_inside.jpg" width="228" height="238" style="float: right;" />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."</p> <p><a href=",bitfenix-unleashes-prodigy/">BitFenix says</a> the Prodigy is a small case with big ideas, and by that, the case maker means it supports long graphics cards, tower coolers, and even water cooling radiators, all of which are components you don't often find crammed into the tight confines of a mini-ITX enclosure.</p> <p>"The wave of enthusiast class mini-ITX motherboards is upon us, and with Prodigy, users finally have a case to match," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "No longer will users have to choose between compact size and blazing performance. With Prodigy, mini-ITX users can finally have it all."</p> <p>Toss aside the side panel and you'll find room for up to five 3.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives for home server, HTPC, or NAS box chores. If you remove the middle portion of the FlexCage, the Prodigy will happily play nice with long graphics cards up to 320mm (a little over 12.5 inches), which means you can shove a GeForce GTX 690 or Radeon HD 7970 card in there and have room to spare. Removing the FlexCage altogether makes room for a 240mm water cooling radiator.</p> <p>The Prodigy supports standard ATX power supplies, has two USB 3.0 supports on the front I/O panel, is suspended by two handles on the top and bottom made from BitFenix FyberFlex Composite, "a revolutionary new material that is very flexible yet offers incredible strength," and is coated with the company's SofTouch Surface Treatment, which feels like the material used on rubberized smartphones.</p> <p>BitFenix says the <a href="">Prodigy</a>, available in silver or black, will land on store shelves in early June with an MSRP of $79.</p> <p>Image Credit: BitFenix</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware prodigy News Fri, 25 May 2012 12:43:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 23390 at BitFenix Rolls Out a Pair of Fan Controllers <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_fan_controllers.jpg" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />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.</p> <p>Probably of more interest to most folks is the Recon, an Internet-connected fan controller that also boasts five channels, but offers fan monitoring and control via mobile devices. The mobile interface is browser-based, so you can control it with just about any operating system, including iOS, Android, and Windows.</p> <p>"Users have been clamoring for these two devices for a while now, and I'm proud to report that the wait is finally over," <a href=",bitfenix-launches-recon-and-hydra-pro/">says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt</a>. "With Recon and Hydra Pro, BitFenix once again takes our disruptive ideas and brings them into a new design space – fan controllers. Offering never-before-seen functionality at competitive price points, Recon and Hydra Pro are set to become the go-to thermal control devices for enthusiasts the world over."</p> <p>The BitFenix Recon carries an MSRP of $39 in the U.S. and will be available next week, while the Hydra Pro will run $34.90 when it ships in June.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: BitFenix</em></p> BitFenix cooling fan controller Hardware hydra pro Peripherals recon News Fri, 18 May 2012 12:50:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 23348 at BitFenix Super Sizes Popular Shinobi Case, Dubs It 'Shinobi XL' <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_shinobi_xl.jpg" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />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 <a href="">here</a>). 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.</p> <p>The Shinobi XL doesn't have a side window option, or at least not yet, but it is an overall bigger chassis measuring about 9.6 inches wide, 22.4 inches high, and 21.9 inches deep. By super sizing the Shinobi, the XL version supports up to XL-ATX form factor motherboards.</p> <p>"Since the introduction of our original Shinobi, fans have been writing in and posting in forums asking for a larger version," <a href=",bitfenix-introduces-shinobi-xl/">says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt</a>. "Boasting all new features and nearly limitless flexibility for modders and water cooling enthusiasts alike, Shinobi XL is a lot more than just a size update – it's a complete revamp."</p> <p>Like the original, the XL version sports meshed fan vents and a brushed aluminum logo on its SoftTouch exterior. Unlike the original, the XL model boasts nine PCI slots, four USB 3.0 ports, and a BitFenix SuperCharge port specifically designed for charging mobile devices with up to 2.5A of current.</p> <p>Water cooling gurus can remove the FlexCage hard disk rack (which can also be rotated) to make room for a host of liquid cooling equipment, including a 360mm radiator on top, a 360mm radiator in front, or a 240mm radiator on the bottom. If you're more into air cooling, BitFenix points out the Shinobi XL comes with two 230mm and a single 120mm Spectre fan, with additional fan mounts throughout the case.</p> <p>BitFenix <a href="">Shinobi XL</a> will be available in March 2012 for $149.</p> <p>Image Credit: BitFenix</p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware shinobi shinobi xl News Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:22:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 22323 at