Getting kit inside Prodigy is relatively easy and painless – though there are some areas which take more time and manipulation. For example – the PSU used in test system is 160mm and as a result just fits but because this PSU is modular the cables get rather close to the PSU cage. Care must be taken when installing such hardware in tight spaces.
Some who are building a system inside Prodigy may not use a graphics card but for demonstration purposes I did install one and its pleasing to see that this case can entertain such high-end kit as the HD7970. The upper HDD cage does need removing but perhaps this is redundant in most Mini-ITX system builder’s requirements anyway?
We will explore the clearance possibilities in the next section for CPU/GPU and other aspects.
Installation complete with 160mm PSU and HD7970
A clean and tidy system
Installing HDDs into Prodigy couldn’t be simpler – whether they are 2.5” or 3.5” they will fit into a HDD tray found in the HDD cages. For 2.5” drives screws must be attached to the underside whilst for 3.5” drives the device simply needs to be placed into the tray and pins fix into the sides.
If you are wanting to remove both HDD cages out of Prodigy and worry about there being no storage options fear not; BitFenix have given the wall of the PSU cage mounting holes for attaching 2x 2.5” drives.
The option for installing 2.5” or 3.5” drives