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BitFenix Phenom M BFC-PHM-300-KKXKK-RP Midnight Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

  • Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower
  • 4 + 1 using included adapter Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Phenom M Midnight Black Steel / Plastic
Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer Case


The BitFenix Phenom Micro-RTX Computer Case is meticulously crafted and elegantly styled in a compact package. This chassis comes with two 120mm Spectre fans, and fits micro ATX motherboards for added expansion possibilities. It accommodates long dual graphics cards and slim water cooling radiators up to 240mm. The removable storage rack gives you the flexibility to install two 3.5-inch hard disks or three 2.5-inch SSDs. Other features include tool-free convenience, two USB 3.0 ports, a removable dust filter, and the unique BitFenix SofTouch Surface. In addition, a choice of Midnight Black or Arctic White will surely suit your individual style.



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Highlights
  • Clean and Modern - Elegantly styled in a compact package
  • MATX Compatibility - Fits micro ATX motherboards for added expansion possibilities
  • Unmatched Flexibility - Fits long dual graphics cards and slim water cooling radiators up to 240mm
  • Choose Your Own Style - Available in Midnight Black and Arctic White
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - Two ports included for blazing file transfers
  • BitFenix SofTouch Surface Treatment - Luxurious matte finish and soft feel
  • Trouble-free Installation - Large CPU cooler cutout, cable management and heat shield
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Learn more about the BitFenix Co. Ltd. BFC-PHM-300-KKXKK-RP

Model

Brand
BitFenix
Series
Phenom M
Model
BFC-PHM-300-KKXKK-RP

Spec

Type
MicroATX Mini Tower
Color
Midnight Black
Case Material
Steel / Plastic
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
4 + 1 using included adapter
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
2 + 2 + 1 using included adapter
Expansion Slots
5

Cooling System

120mm Fans
Cooling Rear:120mm x 1
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
9.84" x 12.99" x 14.72" (W x H x D)

Features

Features
Cooling Top: 120mm x 2 (optional)
Cooling Bottom: 120mm x 2 (1 included) or 200mm x 1(optional) or 230mm x 1 (optional)
Cooling Rear: 120mm x 1 (included) or 140mm x 1 (optional)

Clean and Modern - Elegantly styled in a compact package

MATX Compatibility - Fits micro ATX motherboards for added expansion possibilities

Unmatched Flexibility - Fits long dual graphics cards and slim water cooling radiators up to 240mm

Choose Your Own Style - Available in Midnight Black and Arctic White

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - Two ports included for blazing file transfers

BitFenix SofTouch Surface Treatment - Luxurious matte finish and soft feel

Trouble-free Installation - Large CPU cooler cutout, cable management and heat shield

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the BitFenix Co. Ltd. BFC-PHM-300-KKXKK-RP

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  • Joseph P.
  • 8/11/2014 11:08:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI'm a little torn...

Pros: - Compact
- Multiple customizable airflow configurations
- Excellent overall airflow
- Beautiful soft-touch finish
- Very nice build quality
- Fit and finish
- Cube-like design

Cons: - That d*mn side panel
- Hard drive mounting bar has to be removed every time you want to get in to the motherboard if you have drives on it.

Other Thoughts: This a beautiful, compact, high quality, high airflow, and highly customizable case. It is possibly one of my favorite cases ever - however - the more I work with it, the more I hate the side panel, which contains all of the typical "front panel" connectors, and the slots for the 2.5" drives. Every time you open the case, you have to make a decision to either disconnect the drives from the side panel and then lay the panel in some way on the case that isn't straining the front panel connectors, or totally disconnect the front panel connectors from the motherboard so you can totally pull the panel off and then re-attach all of the tiny little front panel jumpers when you're done. I just don't understand why, if you're going to make a side panel this functional, it wouldn't be on the OTHER side of the case (you know, behind the motherboard) instead of the most opened panel on the whole case. That being said, if you can put up with that issue, then this is still a beautiful case to use and work with. The soft touch finish is almost like a rubberized metal, and is silky smooth to the touch. You have to be very careful when maneuvering the side panel to not scratch it. The motherboard actually mounts upside down in this case, which isn't really a pro or a con either way, it's just something to keep in mind. You will be pretty pressed for space on the rear 140mm exhaust vent if you have a large CPU cooler, and you will probably be unable to mount the larger 230mm Bitfenix Spectre or Spectre Pro's if you have a large CPU cooler either, due to the upside-down orientation of the motherboard and CPU. I didn't find this to be an issue however, because I am using a stock heatsink. If you do add a Bitfenix Spectre Pro 230mm fan in the bottom fan slot and turn on the LED's, it gives a nice subtle glow to the case, which is pretty cool. I went for the green LED's to give it some slick aesthetics. All in all, I'm very happy with my purchase, I would just suggest this for a more build-once-and-done type of build instead of one you think you may be pulling components in and out of a few times to get a perfect config. There are other places in the case where you can mount 3.5" and 2.5" drives, and I would suggest using those over mounting the drives to the side panel or hard drive bar so that you can simply remove the bar from the case and not have to worry about it.

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  • Lee W.
  • 7/9/2014 4:44:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case for mATX

Pros: Small footprint
Good airflow
Easy to disassemble
Build quality is top notch - definitely not cheaply made
side doors are heavy and durable
Room for large Graphics cards! Using Gigabyte 770 4GB Windforce
fully modular PSU recommended and possibly cutting down/shortening cables to reduce clutter.

Cons: PSU right angle power cable was tough to get in as I had to bend it sharply, might have been the PSU power socket was reversed?

Side door panel with I/O, although is reversible does make taking side door off a hurdle. I moved my I/O panel to the left side, Also flipped the Power/Reset buttons so they were no longer upside down.

Small case (not a con as I wanted as small as possible) so everything will be tight if you have bigger hands like me. I think I did pretty good with the cable managing.

Looks like there's mounts for various size fans on the front for 120-140-200-230mm fan but PSU is in the way? Look below as it would be cool to mount a fan on the outside of the case behind the front cover to blow air towards the GPUs.

Other Thoughts: I installed a Corsair H100i and didn't want to block my PCIe slot for future SLI so I removed the top cover and mounted the radiator on top with the fans inside the case pushing air out(exhaust). This did require some cutting of the metal on the case up top for the radiator and hoses to fit. Also had to cut the plastic around the top cover, like the tabs that hold the screen on but that's no longer used anyways. The radiator sits flush with the top of the case. Wouldn't have mind a mobo tray split down the middle of the case with the PSU and hard drive caddies back there too? Might custom mod it like that anyways.

4770k w/ Corsair H100i
MSI Z97m Gaming mobo
8GB HyperX Beast
OCZ Agility 3 480GB SSD
Gigabyte GTX 770 4GB Windforce
Seasonic SS-660XP2


Suggestion to Bitfenix if you read this? If you could somehow make a new front and top cover with a little bit more room in them, it would make it easier to mount more fans/radiators without taking up room inside the case. I'd love to be able to mount a fan as intake on the outside of the case so I can blow air directly onto my GPUs. Just if they were 1/2"-3/4" longer would be ideal or even larger sizes to house a push/rad/pull setup.

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  • Shawn P.
  • 7/2/2014 5:15:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCool case

Pros: This is a very efficient design, and very versatile. I have mine configured as a NAS with RAID level 10 and everything fits in neatly. It is a very clean design and fits in nicely in my living room next to my entertainment center. the case is very sturdy and the top intake fans have a easily removable mesh. the side panel usb ports/power buttons help to keep a very clean look. the rubberized finish is nice too. Reminds me of the finish on my alienware laptop.

Cons: The case is set up very differently than any other case I have worked with, so it took me a while to get everything to fit in properly. It becomes a very tight fit, and if you don't put everything in in the right order, you will be taking it all back out again. If you are using a standard ATX power supply, you will not be able to mount a fan to the front of the case. Also, unless you have a very slim fan, you cannot mount your fans in the recessed area under the filter, you must mount them further inside the case, meaning you loose a couple of inches of clearance. also, there is not much room for cable management. Once the case is together though, this thing is amazing.

Other Thoughts: overall, i think this is an amazing case, even if it is a little hard to get everything in just right. I followed Joanne's advice in the demo video and flipped the side panels and it makes things a lot easier!

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/19/2014 11:35:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice looking case, very good build quality. Came with two fans.

Cons: Cable management is a pain! The case is small so don't count on hiding much, good thing mine doesn't have a window otherwise I'd be stuck looking at an insane amount of wiring. The hard drive mounting bracket covers everything, in order to work on other components you'll have to remove the bracket to see anything clearly. Also who designed the side panel where the buttons and ports are. The cables don't disconnect from the panel so once you attach everything to the motherboard you can't really take the panel off. Lastly the airflow stock is abysmal, buy yourself more fans and start thinking outside the box as far as where and how you mount them. I found using the top and bottom fans as intakes and using the rear fan as the exhaust worked better for my build.

Other Thoughts: How components are mounted inside are rather unique, which adds to the fun. Feels sort of like you're building your first computer as where stuff goes in other cases is not where they go in this one. I applaud there ingenuity, but they definitely could have done some things to make it easier to work on. All in all a nice case and quite easy to setup if you're willing to be patient and figure out where stuff goes instead of just assembling as you go.

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  • Josh K.
  • 6/5/2014 9:35:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLooks great, not Ideal at all

Pros: - Very Stylish
- Sleek looks
- Soft touch finish looks and feels great

Cons: - Build quality is lacking
- side panel does not fit on quite right
- power button often gets stuck causing PC to power cycle
-One of the thumb screws it came with is randomly a different size. A little OCD as it still works
-very noticeable defect in my care in the soft touch treatment on the top, I was stupid and didn't RMA
-Very difficult to build in. Definitely not for first time builders.

Planning airflow in this case is a mess if you want to use the 230mm fan mount like I did. if you have the 230mm fan push air in you get very poor airflow to GPU (air flows from circuit to fan side, since MoBo is upside down) or you have to use it as exhaust and have negative pressure + downwards airflow and accumulate LOTS of dust and cause an annoying draft onto your desk if you have this case on desktop like me

Other Thoughts: This is the 4th PC i have built (2nd of my own PCs) and it has left me the least satisfied. Cables are a mess, mounting two hard drives was a complete chore, Temp readouts are above what they should be with the very high airflow the case gets.

Overall would not recommend. If you are in love with the looks of this case like I was, invest in the ITX version and just buy a new MoBo you will NOT regret it as that case is superior in every way.

If you must have 2 GPU's then I would seriously recommend just buying a more standard configuration micro ATX case.

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  • Mr. S.
  • 2/24/2014 10:32:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOkay, but...

Pros: Great looking cube case, nice material, usb 3.0 front, lots of space inside for the size.

Cons: Like others have mentioned it lacks in 2 specfic areas that seem like a design oversight. Airflow bottom to top (PSU) exhausing at bottom. Motherboard headers on sidepanel would be bothersome to work with PC on regular basis.

With that said changed airflow so intakes from rear outputs at top. Fliped sidepanel with motherboard connectors to otherside so everything is nice and neat. However now everything is upside down as others have mentioned. Could have been excellent with these corrections and better PSU mounting placement. By far the longest time I've spent playing around with a case layout during a build.

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  • John H.
  • 12/30/2013 4:02:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood but not perfect

Pros: Looks great
Solidly built
Clean built if you don't try to fit too much inside

Cons: Drive mounts are limited
Airflow isn't the best designed in their case range

Other Thoughts: I built a gaming box for my daughter for Christmas using this case. It was a combination of new parts and last generation parts from other gaming computers in the house that had been upgraded.

New parts were Phenom M black micro-atx
Intel micro-atx socket 1155 motherboard
Corsair CX500M power supply
Corsair H55 AIO water cooler

Recycled parts
Intel -5-2500k CPU
Kingston RAM 2x 4 gig 1600 9-9-9-27
Intel 120 gig SSD for operating system
Seagate 7200 500 gig hard drive for games storage
EVGA GTX570

I mounted the 2.5 and 3.5 drives on the bottom of the case. The corsair fan and radiator are mounted on the front. This leave the whole of the inside of the case nice and open. I reversed the side panel over to the other way so that the power switch and usb connectors are on the same side as the motherboard. This way I can remove the side panel to work on the components without having to worrying about disconnecting and wiring.

The two top fans blow straight down on the GTX570 aiding in the cooling. I used the cover plan to block off the airflow from underneath the case, stopping a lot of dust entering.

I removed the useless optical drive bracket and didn't use the other drive monting rail, just the bottom ones. I never intended to mount more than two drives anyway.

I spent a bit of extra time cable managing the system including running the sata cables and power cables under the motherboard. The extra effort makes the build look extremely neat.


The system runs almost silently and is more than capable for her collection of sims 3 and steam games.

Hopefully she will do some homework on it too.

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  • Gaby B.
  • 12/11/2013 8:22:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsSmart case but requires planning

Pros: Case makes maximum use of volume, very few other cases out there that can match it in terms of lower volume. Very smart looking.

Cons: This case is fantastic if you know what you are getting into. Micro-ATX in this footprint has drawbacks but they can be overcome. If you don't know what you're doing you'll have headaches. Major things to look out for:

1. If you decide to attach a 240mm AIO liquid cooler to the roof beware that it will nullify your ability to use a 2nd video card for SLI/Crossfire. The 240mm with the 120mm fan will result in 50mm of thickness, at least, that will encroach into that area. 1 GPU is fine, 2 will not work in that fashion. Using a 240mm or even a 120mm AIO liquid cooler in push/pull is no a go up top.

2. Airflow; optimum set up is very limited. Recommend intake of 2 120mm at the bottom, rear intake of 140mm (AIO Corsair H90 just fits), use the top two 120mm fans as outtake, place those in pull if using an H100i at the top so fans on top and H100i just below them. This will keep your pressure positive and is the most optimum set up.

3. The front doesn't have a door so you can't use an optical 5.25" drive. The micro-ATX and mini-ITX Colossus will be out soon, it has a door and will allow you to install 1 optical bay.....assuming you don't install an H100i type cooler at the top.

Other Thoughts: This case is fantastic if you know what you are getting into. Definitely made in mind with an H75/H80i/H90 on the rear intaking air. Attach the radiator touching the back of the

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  • Patrick T.
  • 11/3/2013 8:03:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAt least it looks nice

Pros: - Aesthetically pleasing
- Solid construction
- The two included fans are quiet

Cons: - Power/reset buttons and USB connectors are embedded in the side panel
The side panel most used to access the interior also contains the power/reset buttons/LEDs and USB connectors, so the main side panel is connected via short wires to motherboard headers. Simply removing the side panel becomes a chore requiring many wires to be disconnected/reconnected each time.
Luckily, it is possible to switch this panel over to the other side so it won't be removed very frequently, but it does mean these things are now upside down.

- Horrible layout for airflow
Air intake at the front of the case is dominated by the PSU, which exhausts out the bottom. There is no way to have air move across the case from front to back. Taking air in from the bottom and out the top is less than ideal as it will then be drawing in the the hot PSU exhaust.
Intake from the rear and exhaust out the top seems the only sensible option.

- Useless hard disk mounting options all around
Mounting a 3.5 inch HDD to the two bottom locations requires it to lay flat on the bottom of the case. This makes using a typical 90-degree SATA power cable almost impossible without some serious bending.
Mounting a 2.5 inch SSD to the side mounting bar requires it to lay flat on a metal panel without any overhang, again precluding the use of a typical 90-degree SATA power cable without extreme bending.
There is a second mounting option for 2.5 inch drives on one of the side panels. This mount point does allow for the use of 90-degree SATA power and data connectors, but now both side panels are "wired in" and a pain to remove. Thankfully, disconnecting a single SATA drive each time the main side panel is removed is at least more straight-forward than disconnecting multiple motherboard headers!

- Screwless expansion card mechanism won't hold slot plate adapters in place
Slot plate adapters with esata ports or fan controllers, etc., that do not have a pcboard and actually slot into the motherboard fall right out or jiggle loosely at best.

- Front 5-1/4 drive is only accessible by removing the snapped-in front panel

- Any 5-1/4 drive over ~2 inches deep will obstruct one of the two top fan mounts

- No built-in fan screens

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  • Kyle K.
  • 10/19/2013 9:54:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsArtistic, beautiful, case with challenges.

Pros: This is a new design, a new case. Some of the reviews so far have been luke warm. I just want to get in here with a strongly positive review:

The minimal, elegant, look, is very pleasing to me. Everything is painted nice jet black with a nice finish, there's nice, clean, rounded angles, all that jazz. It's really an awesome size. Low to the ground, almost semi-cubical. Good luck finding something of this size that can hold as much stuff as this (sort of--see comments below). Plenty of screws, plenty of extra standoffs, plenty vibration-dampening rubber grommets for hard drive mounting, etc. Even comes with a motherboard standoff tightening gizmo---which most cases I have bought did not come with.

I do like it. If you give it a chance, you see that this case was very, very challenging design/engineering, pulls off a tremendous feat for the given space, and has a terrific, pleasing, minimalistic almost European look. It's the kind of case that I would never put LEDs/bling fans in (maybe one LED bar would be nice, but not CCFLs), and will sit there, taking up little space, looking good just as it is.

The panels are unbelievably solid. I think it's solid steel, or unbelievably thick aluminum. But there is almost no flimsy/flex in the panels--you could use them as home defense.

That being said:

Cons: Well, one of the places you mount up to two 3.5" hard drives is actually ON THE BOTTOM OF THE CASE. You heard me. (Interesting side note: They actually provide a metallic heat shield that you can install over the bottom ventilation holes if you choose to mount hard drives on the bottom). That wouldn't normally be a problem, but this case is BARELY WIDE ENOUGH to accommodate the drives---whoops! How do I get those sata power and data cables in there? It's a super super tight squeeze. SUPER TIGHT. The only thing I could do was put the cables on FIRST, then CAREFULLY squeeze it down there. You can forget about any fancy 90 degree connections, or anything like that, if you use the bottom mounting locations. Fortunately, there is a vertical bracket that also holds two drives, and you'll have plenty of connector room there----but (of course there's a problem) it abuts right into the exhaust fan, if you've a good after market 140mm fan. I mean it's right on it--the end of my HDD is right on the edge of the fan housing (doesn't interfere with flow, though, but it's tight tight tight squeeze in here).

I'm not a big fan of the Bitfenix fans that came with the case. They're whisper quiet and......they move no air. First thing I did was pop them out, throw them in the garbage, and buy some real fans (in my case, I got Cougar Vortex fans, 12cm and 14cm).

There is overwhelming evidence, as well, that they had something in mind for the front of the case, then aborted mission (e.g., the 5.25" bay that has no external access--I mean really, you tell me what device would go in such a place--and holes punched in the front mounting plate properly spaced for fans, etc, but nowhere to suck air in, and no mention in the manual of mounting anything on the front (one of the other reviewers talked about a "front" fan 200mm that he mounted on the front inside, that didn't fit when other components were in there---I'll bet this was the problem---but in Bitfenix's defense, neither the specs, nor the manual, say anything about mounting ANYTHING to the front, so that's on him.)

One you get a motherboard in here, and the vertical plane mounted with the drives, there's no room to work. Everything has to be done in a particular order, or you won't be able to reach things.

Other Thoughts: Look, I like the case. I knew what I was getting into. This case holds *A LOT* of stuff for its size, and it's going to be a tight squeeze to get everything in there. This is a case for tinkerers and power users, or for someone who needs a small case to tuck something out of the way of other family members who might be aggravated at yet another computer case in the house.

If you want an all-purpose case that you are going to opening up a lot and taking things in and out alot and tinkering around with a lot, I really don't think this is your case. To my mind, this is for like...a server. You set it, real real nice, and forget it.

My build is a fileserver--a FreeNAS with 4 HDD's in it and a server motherboard. So I am really, really, really filled up in here. The total volume available to put components is just not like what you'd get in other, larger, cases. But things DO fit, it makes a terrifically dense, packed, build, and you almost certainly WILL have to get creative in where/how things are mounted and/or connected.

But is *IS* an elegant, interesting, case, that is unique in its size and presentation, and I for one really appreciate the design, and forgive Bitfenix for things not being as easy as they would be in a larger case. It truly looks beautiful sitting there, doing its job.

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