BitFenix Phenom MATX Review

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Closer Look – Interior and Installation

Upon taking the side panel off this is the view that will greet you. The panel that you can see directly in front of you is for any storage devices to be mounts. This offers enough support for dual 2.5 inch or dual 3.5 inch solutions to be used and is removable by taking out the four screws, two each top and bottom. Personally, I did not use this panel when testing it and removed it all together. Mainly, because I only need dual 2.5 inch drive support which could be found in the side panel of the chassis itself and felt that removing this allowed more accessibility for moving hardware around. It is also worth noting that whist it is possible you will also make your life a lot easier during installation if this is removed. Also of note are the drive bay in the roof of the chassis and the positioning of the two Spectre fans, in the cases default configuration. Also in this image is the power cable used for the power supply. This cable tucks itself along the bottom edge of the motherboard tray and then through a little cut out on the power supply bracket itself where it then plugs in. In the next few photos, this cable is hidden by the 230mm Spectre Pro fan, which is a nice feature.

Now for the bit a lot of you will have been looking forward to the build. Before I did this, I was asked by BitFenix, who knew I personally used a multi-gpu 290 setup to see if I could squeeze two in the Phenom. On paper we knew it was possible. However, the trick was trying to get a small enough power supply in the front of the chassis two allow room for these massive graphics cards. As you can see, I did manage to squeeze them in and there is still about a centimetre of room at the end of the cards. However, if the power supply was much longer then you may run into some issues. With the panel in the previous image gone, there is also nowhere to mount any storage devices, so if you were going to set it up like this, then you would need to make sure the storage drives you were going to use would fit in the side panel, so need to be 2.5 inch drives.

A little close up of how the power supply is powered. As you can see the cable runs the length of the chassis and then plugs into the power supply via a low profile right angled connector which is a nice treat.

With regards to graphics cards and roof clearance. If you were wanting to mount a cooler such as a H100i then I am afraid that you will not be able to use a multi-gpu set up, unless you  want to mount it in the floor. As you can see in the photo, the clearance between the top card and the fans are minimal. This is where I feel BitFenix could have benefited with making the roof slightly taller to accommodate fans under the grill, as it would have allowed radiators up to 30mm thickness to be installed.

With this photo I had intended to show you the radiator options that you would have with this chassis, however, I then forgot that all of my radiators are currently in the garage in a box, as the garage is currently looking like a bombsite, I will talk you through it instead. In regards to the roof, if you are going with a single graphics card set up, such as a 780ti, then you could fit a radiator up to 45mm in the roof. In the bottom you could fit an 80mm Alphacool Monsta in the floor if you really wanted to due to the 240mm mounts being offset. The only issue you may find is having somewhere to mount a res and pump. However, there are many tiny solutions for this available at the moment and if you really needed to you could plumb for a customisable all in one option such as the Coolermaster Eisberg.

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