Noise and Thermal Testing

 At the risk of spoiling the results (much like Anand loves to do), let me just say the BitFenix Prodigy performed well. Really well. Going into testing I wasn't entirely sure how it would handle given the substantial ventilation, but the Prodigy's performance, at least with our integrated GPU testbed, was pretty stellar. Testing was done with an ambient temperature of ~22C.

CPU Temperatures

SSD Temperatures

While the SSD's temperature isn't best in class, it's not bad by any stretch of the imagination. The CPU's thermals are quite good, though, especially considering the Prodigy is competing with the more expensive SilverStone FT03 Mini. The FT03 Mini's cooling design centered around a single 140mm fan is brutally efficient.

CPU Fan Speed

Notice that the heatsink fan isn't working as hard in the Prodigy, though. This could arguably be chalked up to the difference in ambient temperatures at testing, and certainly the FT03 Mini is no slouch, but there's much more ventilation around the CPU in the Prodigy than there is in the FT03 Mini and our results on the next page will show that it produces a measurable effect.

Noise Levels

Most impressively, the Prodigy is incredibly quiet even under load, hitting the noise floor of our sound meter. To my ears I could detect a minor difference in fan noise between idle and load, but the Prodigy is really a remarkably good citizen when it comes to noise.

Testing Methodology Noise and Thermal Testing, Dedicated GPU
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  • Saketai - Friday, June 1, 2012 - link

    Very interesting times in the Mini-ITX world.

    Now if only these were on Newegg...
  • Dustin Sklavos - Friday, June 1, 2012 - link

    The best place to get BitFenix cases in the states right now is NewEgg, for some reason, just refuses to carry BitFenix stuff.
  • crimson117 - Friday, June 1, 2012 - link

    Probably can't agree on volume / pricing details.
  • Taft12 - Friday, June 1, 2012 - link

    When your stuff's not on Newegg, there *IS* no volume. Pressure from customers on both parties will get the deal done though.

    NCIXUS is a fine alternative in the meantime (a fine alternative all the time, actually). Does Tiger Direct carry Bitfenix?
  • crimson117 - Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - link

    It's there now, fwiw:
  • Matt355 - Friday, June 1, 2012 - link

    Wow. That store slipped under the radar. I've been buying parts for years and had never heard of it.
  • VoraciousGorak - Friday, June 1, 2012 - link

    I'll probably be corrected here in a moment, but I *think* they were Canada only for a long time, only recently opening a United States-servicing website. They are definitely worth a look, I've bought a few things from there.
  • randinspace - Saturday, June 2, 2012 - link

    There's one issue with shopping from that's either a minor curiosity or an extreme annoyance depending on your perspective and/or situation: because they're a Canadian company doing business in America (even shipping out of California...) they SOMEHOW raise red flags with certain bank/credit card companies' anti-fraud units when you buy from them using a credit card. NCIX (hilariously) informs you of this snafu during the order process/on their site so I wasn't blindsided, and I think they take paypal which would presumably be a solution, but there's nothing like wrangling with the completely automated anti-fraud process of your bank at 10 in the morning when you're trying to get something else done.

    On the bright side they purport to be working on a solution to that issue (getting a US bank account? Having enough people tell their banks that they actually placed an order with them?), and from time to time they have sales on things people actually want (as opposed to Rosewill adaptor kits, items with MIRs that will never be fulfilled, and refurbished <320GB HDDs) that put Newegg to shame.
  • Guspaz - Saturday, June 2, 2012 - link

    They're one of if not the biggest online computer stores in Canada (been around since 1996). There are a bunch of sister companies that operate separate stores like DIrectCanada, BestDirect, etc.

    I can't speak to their US service, but they're not a small fly-by-night. They're basically the Canadian equivalent of NewEgg (other than NewEgg Canada, obviously).
  • anactoraaron - Friday, June 1, 2012 - link

    In Newegg's defense, they are really trying to sell watches and power tools... wtf happened to the 'egg anyway??

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