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BitFenix Phenom M BFC-PHM-300-WWXKK-RP Arctic White 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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Learn more about the BitFenix Co. Ltd. BFC-PHM-300-WWXKK-RP

Model

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

Spec

Type
MicroATX Mini Tower
Color
Arctic White
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


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  • Charles C.
  • 7/9/2014 7:32:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBad Support

Pros: Fun case. Very different and a little challenging but I do like how everything fit once it was done.

Specs:
MSI MATX FM2+ Gaming mobo
MSI Gaming r9 280 3g Video Card
GSkill Sniper 2133 8GB
Athlon X4 Processor
Corsiar H60 CPU cooler (Push Pull)

Cons: Bitfenix support is AWFUL. The case came with a bad internal power cord. I messaged Bitfenix tech support more than a week ago to try and remedy the problem. I have heard nothing.

2 days ago I placed another ticket (they say someone will contact you within 48 hours). Well I have still heard nothing from them.

Looks like no more Bitfenix products for me......

Other Thoughts: Building my new PC with this case was fun and challenging. I like how it looks now that it is finished.

Cable management is a nightmare!

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  • Godwin O.
  • 4/6/2014 6:08:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPretty on the outside

Pros: -Sleek look
-Solid construction
-Thumbscrews in many places
-Lots of extra screws
-An abundance of air flow options
-An abundance of space for drives.

Cons: Hard to work with, optical drive blocked are worth subtractions of eggs. This case is a re-imagination of case design, which would be cool if it remained practical. If you want to access an optical drive in this case system, you're going to have to remove the front bezel to do so. But wait, to remove the front bezel, you must first remove both side panels! One of the side panels has wires attached to various points inside your case, so you have to be careful!
Upside-down construction was a bit goofy, Whereas normally I'd be building it in my sleep, I needed to use the manual.
-The wire management options are few, as the case hugs the mobo, there aren't holes and grommets for the cords come around from the back like there are in, say, the 350D. The wire managed pic is a fiction. This isn't worth an egg, because no window, but don't expect a clean wire managed build. Not fun to have to open this puppy up.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to buy a cute little case with a little expandability. I got a fairly chunky case that was both complicated to build and had zero wire management. Also the Softouch material looks like it will absorb rather than repel abuse from the kids, I wonder if washable markers might leave indelible marks in it -- guess we'll see. I just really admire what BitFenix had done, but this case has turned out to be a bit of a compromise between beauty and praticality. It is a gorgeous case and we pretty much placed it where it can be displayed.
You could still make this an HTPC, but just remember you will need an external optical drive OR leave the front Bezel off all the time.
I guess the flexcage is sold separately.

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  • Eugene P.
  • 3/25/2014 10:32:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks good, feels good. Everything I expected from it.

Cons: Non so far

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  • Zachary M.
  • 3/4/2014 9:02:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome case BUT

Pros: Well built construction, great rubberized feel, heavy durable steel, large CPU cutout, lots of options for a micro atx case.

Cons: Well this one is frustrating, the standoffs they give you are TERRIBLE, and none of the screws they give you work all that well with them. All but 2 of the standoffs are stripped. And I am not talking about stripped as in where the screw goes into the standoff, I am talking about the standoffs were stripped out of the mobo tray. This happened because the screw that you are SUPPOSED to use for the standoffs only go in about half way then you have to apply a little force. UNFORTUNATELY when you apply that force the standoff starts to spin with the screw thus stripping the mobo tray. I was considering using my plenty of other brass standoffs but they wouldn't screw in. I got my motherboard in but if I ever want to replace the motherboard I will have to replace the entire case with it because most of the standoff points are stripped.

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  • Peter W.
  • 2/28/2014 10:15:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Price: Beautiful and Compact

Pros: Pros:
+ The case has a very nice soft matte white case (can't say enough about the quality)
+ Very compact saving me a lot of desk/office space
+ Several options in terms of how you want to place your fans, hard drives, liquid cooling rig, etc.
+ Case comes with a big bag of extra screws as well as tool-less entry.
+ Simple exterior design
+ Plenty of internal fan mounting spots despite small form factor

Cons: - White case get dirty easily leaving light smudges (a handy bottle of dust off and a towel goes a long way)
- Inverted motherboard design takes a little getting used to
- Not the simplest of setups (took me about 4 hours to get everything seated comfortably

Other Thoughts: Tips:
>Figure out how many fans you're going to use and where you want them mounted for best airflow. I put 2 on the top, 1 on the back, and 1 on the bottom. Remember to factor in other fans such as CPU, GPU and PSU.
>The PSU sits vertically at the front of the case and it seems like the fan can either be setup facing out or in. I put mine facing out (towards the front of the case).
> All the cables side from the USB 3.0 header can be disconnected from the side panel. This helped a lot with connecting all the wires, without having the keep the panel attached to the case while installing the rest of my hardware (the hard drive and the GPU had to be installed afterward due to where the connections are on my MOBO).
> Disk drives can be placed in a few different places. I put my 1 TB on the top (there's a 5.25" bay and the case comes with a 3.5" converter). This does mostly block the fan that would on the top towards the front of the case, so if you want a lot of airflow, you might consider mounting hard drives on the bottom of the case.
> SSD drives should be mounted on the side panel. My first thought was to use extra long SATA cables, but you really don't need to. What I did to install them was connect the SATA cables on the SSD end and all the Bezel wire as well, then mount the right side panel. Then you can go in from the left side panel and connect the SATA cables to the motherboard as well as the USB 3.0 header.
> Last Tip is to actually read the instruction booklet that comes with the case. Yes, it is extremely lacking in detail. Yes, it is oddly reminiscent of the IKEA manuals. But it DOES help when first getting accustomed to the case design, and can help you map out how you're going to install everything (not just where, but in what order!).
Summary:
If you're looking for a nice compact case that's high quality (all metal) but are willing to spend a little extra on the setup... then this is the case for you.

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  • Andrew H.
  • 1/22/2014 8:40:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSome design challenges that can be avoided

Pros: It's a clean looking compact case. There are many configuration option for HDD and fan positioning.

Cons: As others have noted, the suggested set up of this case has hot air venting out the bottom, with cool air coming in the top.
The power buttons are set up on the panel you would normally use to access the internals, meaning that you have to disconnect cables to open it up.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to put in a TV stand, and it fits perfectly.

I got around all of the "problems" with this case, by swapping the side panels - so that the side panel with no buttons is on the opening side. This makes the buttons upside down, but then I mounted/positioned the case on it's side. This puts the buttons on top, and changes the airflow pattern so that instead of intake - top, exhaust bottom, it is now intake - front, exhaust - back. This works perfectly.

I had to do a bit of planning to assemble everything, but it worked out great, and I ended up with much better airflow and cooling than any other PC I've built.

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  • VALUED C.
  • 1/9/2014 5:41:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRoom for everything, but not without a cost

Pros: Intrigued by the compact design of Steam Boxes, I was inspired to build my own. To get the job done, I needed a case that was as compact as possible, yet roomy enough to fit everything a mid tower can. With enough room for no less than six fans, 4 hard drives, 5 SSDs and four PCIe slots (plus an extra slot should you feel the need to go Tri-SLI/CrossFire), all in a sleek, modern, compact cube that's half the size of a full tower, the Phoenix M definitely fits the bill.

In order to make the MoBo fit, they had to flip it upside down. Therefore your GPU sucks air into the top and front of the case and spits it out of either the back or bottom, depending on how you set up your fans. With that being said, I haven't run into any cooling issues. Right now I have two 120mm fans on the top blowing air directly onto the GPU, an 80mm intake on front to help with airflow, and a 140mm exhaust on the back to help get rid of all the hot air. I opted to use the heat shield on the bottom instead of a fan so I could throw two 1TB HDDs in the spot. With my 4670k & GTX 770 both idling in the mid to low 30s, this case appears to have better airflow than my last mid tower setup, which idled in the 50s. Not bad.

Long GPUs are not an issue with this case; my GTX 770 fit, and that thing is longer than a pornstar's *****.

Cons: In order to cram everything into such a tiny cube, BitFenix had to take the interior design in some weird directions. This case completely ignores the laws of thermodynamics. For example, the PSU is mounted vertically so that hot air gets pushed out of the bottom, so you really don't want to have this case sitting directly on the carpet otherwise it could cause overheating issues. Air has to be sucked out of the top and and front, and pushed out of the bottom. More on this later.

Given how much is shoved into a small space, don't expect this to be an easy install by any means. Ended up taking half a day to fit everything into it, and the process was further hindered by my ape hands and the fact that my PSU's SATA connectors were just barely too short to reach the other drives. (I can't decide if this is BitFenix's fault for spacing the HDDs too far apart or EVGA's fault for making the distance between their SATA plugs too short.) Me having 4 1TB HDDs and two 120GB SSDs to install didn't help either.

Because of the compact design, this case becomes the Dr. Seuss of HDD mounting -- it's possible to end up with hard drives mounted to the door, mounted to the floor, mounted to a metal bracket sitting in the middle of the case, mounted **** all over the place. This means that cable management is impossible. You'll have wires flying at you from every which direction every single time you open it. This is the kind of case that you install everything in, close it up, then don't open ever again other than for a yearly dusting. This has to be a sacrifice you'll be willing to make in order to have a portable gaming rig. Thankfully it doesn't have a window.

With my setup, I had to mount two HDDs on the floor, two on the wall bracket, and the two SSDs on the other side of the bracket for the cables to reach, and I could only manage to fit one screw into the bracket and mount it crooked otherwise it wouldn't work! (Again, mostly the PSU's fault.)

Speaking of the bracket, it's designed so that you can mount two HDDs on one side, or three SSDs on the other, but not at the same time because then the SSDs will cover half of the screw holes. Because the PSU cables wouldn't reach the door mounts, I had no choice but to mount them on the same bracket anyway, helping them stay attached with a little bit of duct tape. It's a redneck solution, but it works.

The included heat shield is barely held on by rather weak magnets; I have a feeling I'll eventually lose it after a year or so.

Lastly, (and I'm nitpicking at this point), the power and HDD LEDs are a bit too bright. The flashing HDD light can become a distraction when I'm gaming in the dark on my projector. I'd advise not connecting them.

Other Thoughts: All in all, this is an amazing case so long as you are willing to deal with the frustration of the initial setup. I wouldn't recommend trying to install more than two HDDs unless you want to pull your hair out trying to make it work.

With everything being said, even though I went through hell it make it all work, the end result more than makes up for it. It looks absolutely gorgeous, and I can haul this rig to DJ gigs, friends houses, and LAN parties, all without breaking a single sweat. -1 egg for the frustration, and +4 solid gold ones for looks and portability.

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  • JAMES S.
  • 12/26/2013 6:36:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBeautiful but frustrating.

Pros: Great finish; great form factor for mATX; top cooling rack for 240mm radiator.

Cons: Long GPU very tight squeeze; PSU arrangement very bad; Poor ventilation on stock cooling; no click-in bays of any kind

Other Thoughts: I spent over 5 hours assembling this case with a very basic configuration (CPU, RAM, 1 SSD, 1 HDD, stock cooling.) This is my fifth or sixth PC that I've built. I haven't struggled so much in ages.

If you buy this case, be aware that it will be an ORDEAL to fit everything and all your cables. I have a fully modular power supply and the cables still barely fit, for only 1 ATX, 1 CPU, and 2 PCIe cables. The power supply is mounted in the bottom front of the case, with the cables coming out toward the top.

The GPU is placed in such a way that a long GPU will just barely squeeze in -- and the power supply cables come out EXACTLY where the GPU ends, so it is extremely cramped and interferes with airflow.

The stock fans are anemic, to say the least. I strongly suggest getting some aftermarket case fans at the bare minimum.

Lastly, the hard drive arrangement the manufacturer suggests is truly insane. There is no other word to describe the utter confusion which must have reigned between their marketing department and technical design department.

Two hard drives may be placed on the bottom of the case, where they cannot be cooled since they are placed WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO PLACE FANS. You must then COVER THE BOTTOM with a metal plate to prevent a heat hazard, further restricting airflow (there is a vent.) Additionally, they are to be mounted FLUSH WITH THE CASE -- meaning there is no room for HDD power supply cables, which are nearly always at right angles to the cabling. I was able to fit a single 5.25" hdd by using spacers and jamming the cables very hard into the bottom of the case.

You may also place a hard drive DIRECTLY WHERE THE PSU CABLES COME OUT. This is truly asinine. I have no idea how this is supposed to work. It does not work. It appears that this space was meant for a 5.25" CD drive originally, but the case has been designed in such a way that there can never be a front drive bay without cutting a hole for it in the case. This space was clearly intended for a CD drive, since there is a punch-out space in the metal for it to stick out. This was the first red flag for me. This case was not designed carefully, or is a frankenstein redesign and rebranding of an existing product (presumably by a marketing department composed mainly of psychotic, crack-addled monkeys.)

There is also a bracket side-mounted for installing a hard drive on. This bracket interferes directly with the already terrible cable flow in the case. I had to remove this bracket in order to even close the case door, let alone to have a successful cable arrangement. Additionally, hard drives are supposed to be mounted FLUSH with this bracket, meaning no right-angled power cables can be used. This is impossible with most power supplies.

Lastly, hard drives may be mounted ON THE CASE DOOR. Doing so adds additional wires to the case door which already has wires for power switch, etc. This causes the door to be nearly unopenable.

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  • Wylin X.
  • 12/15/2013 7:28:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSize does matter

Pros: Lots of options to customize your set up. Lots more space than initially thought, even with a full sized PSU and graphics card.

Cons: Height of the tower is actually 13.5" I know not off by much but when space is an important reason for a purchase of a mini tower... Had to drill a couple of new holes in my entertainment shelf to hold this due to the extra half inch to allow better ventilation.

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  • James A.
  • 12/13/2013 2:47:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBitfenix Phenom Matx

Pros: Looks sleek and expensive. I been waiting for this case for awhile because I didn't like the Prodigy handles. Relatively small case. Was smooth to install all my components with a modular PSU. I agree having a optical drive is pointless. I like that they left it out. You could install windows 8 with a USB drive anyway. Decent temps in this case despite it's size at idle everything sits at 30 degrees.

Cons: The hidden optical drive that is behind the front panel is useless because it blocks the top fan placement over your graphics cards. So if you want to SLI config you have to completely leave out the drive because it covers a 120mm fan splot. The power button is so flushed that it gets stuck a lot. It's been 3 days and it already got stuck to where it would auto shut down. They put all the case connections that connect to your motherboard on the main side panel door. Every time you want to open the case it becomes a hassle to disconnect a few wires (audio, sata cable for your SSD), which is also connected to the side window. Wish it had an optional clear side panel like the prodigy.

It is true you can swap the side panels so the cables are on the other side. However, The panel with the wires has 3 slots for your SSD's to sit in. If your SSD is there, you won't be able to close the panel because the sata cable is sticking out there is absolutely no cable room. You definately don't have room for the regular size hard drive. An SSD is a must in this case. You have two 120mm fan slots at the bottom of the case to push cold air to the GPU's so no hard drive placement there. Your only option is the 3 SSD slots on the case's side panel.

Other Thoughts: I really wanted to like and enjoy this case. But i just get annoyed with the layout more and more. No matter which way you decide it just doesn't work out the way you want it to.

My rig so far:
Phenom Matx Case
Asus Gryphon Motherboard
Intel i5 4670K
Corsair H60 V2 CPU cooler
Evga GTX 760
8GB (2x4) Gskill Sniper @1600
Corsair CX750M

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