Noise and Thermal Testing, Dedicated GPU

With our dedicated GPU testing, I decided to mix things up a bit with the BitFenix Prodigy and put the screws to it a little more. BitFenix designed this case to be able to support high end gaming systems, so I tested it with the usual Zotac GeForce GTS 450 Eco; however, I also tested with the ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti we ordinarily use for full ATX enclosures.

CPU Temperatures with dGPU

GPU Temperatures

SSD Temperatures with dGPU

Thermals for the Prodigy are still quite good, but the 560 Ti does push it a little. Temperatures for the CPU go up substantially with the increased thermal load of the faster GeForce. Still, we're talking about the graphics card itself only hitting about 69C under load.

CPU Fan Speed with dGPU

GPU Fan Speed

The fan speeds are still pretty good, though. It's reasonable to suggest there's a healthy amount of headroom in the Prodigy, just like it was designed for. Even though the GTX 560 Ti is raising temperatures across the board, the card itself isn't starving for air.

Noise Levels with dGPU

And here's the Prodigy's big win. Even with a substantially more powerful graphics card and having to contend with more heat, the Prodigy remains measurably--noticeably--quieter than the other mini-ITX cases we've tested. Thermal performance is competitive with the other cases, but BitFenix is able to do it all while generating less noise.

Noise and Thermal Testing Conclusion: Shortlist It
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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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