I don't see a very good airflow path for the cpu cooler on the matx version. Basically the cpu cooler would have to take air in and push it out at a 90 degree angel, otherwise there's gonna be turbulence as the air enters the cpu cooler and hits either the psu or the gpu's.
The magic of the prodigy is that it is 'one size fits all', air cooling (tall towers) or water cooling. But it's been out for a good while now, and people are either air cooling it OR water-cooling it. Why not release a prodigy that is just tailored for water coolers? I would have liked to see something like this (1 minute job with online photoshop so very shabby):
Both are the same scale, but the one on the right has been shortened both vertically and horizontally. It can no longer have an ODD, HDD cage, rear fan... and no 'tall' cpu air cooler. However, it has all the space necessary for a 100% water build. There are still plenty of places to put SSD's like the side panel or psu bracket.
The original prodigy is imo unnecessarily large for people who 100% water cool their components and those same people mostly just use SSD's too. Not having to include the HDD bay, ODD compartment etc would also have saved production costs.
I think this pic illustrates better just how much smaller a water-only prodigy could be, basically one could reduce the height so that the top of the case almost touches the graphics card (the 240 rad up top would be behind the gfx card so still room for that to squeeze in there).
The red line showing the inner dimensions of the 'water' prodigy. Air in through the front rad (or just in without rad there), out through the top rad.
Would anyone else buy that in a second?
Anyway that's just my thoughts. Rather than doing 'one size fits all', release a few prodigy's that are tailored for more specific uses. Sorry to say but the MATX prodigy will probably be a flop as it looks like it'll neither excel at air or water cooling. Looking forward to seeing pics and builds of the other new cases though.
Edited by ilikebeer - 6/14/13 at 10:53am