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Bitfenix Shinobi Gaming Chassis Review
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Written by Andrew McMaster   
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shinobi bit fenix chassisLooking to be a competitor with other lower cost cases, BitFenix released the Shinobi, a mid-tower case that brings a bit of sleekness and elegance to the table. It comes in two options the non-windowed version and the windowed version. With room for an additional 5 fan mounts plus the 2 it comes with, as well as the 7 expansion slots the Shinobi looks like it will be able to rise to the challenge of being a competitor. On that note let's take a closer look at this chassis from BitFenix to see how it stacks up against the rest.

 

 

Provided By: BitFenix

Price:TBA

Closer Look:

 

 

 

Specifications and Features:

 

Specs
Materials Steel, Plastic
Color (Int/Ext) Black/Black
Side Panel Tinted Window
Dimensions (WxHxD) 205 x 460 x 490 mm (ATX Mid Tower)
Motherboard Sizes Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX
5.25" Drive Bays x 3
3.5" Drive Bays x 8 (1 x external, using 5.25” adapter)
2.5" Drive Bays x 1 (using 5.25" adapter)
Cooling Front 2 x 120mm (1 x 120mm included)
Cooling Rear 1 x 120mm (included) or 1 x 92mm (optional)
Cooling Side Panel 1 x 120mm (optional)
Cooling Top 2 x 140mm or 2 x 120mm (optional)
Cooling Bottom 1 x 120mm (optional)
PCI Slots x 7
I/O 4 x USB2.0, Audio
Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)
Extras Tool-free drive locking mechanisms

 Features

Killer Looks
From the uniquely crafted side panel window and fan vents, to the brushed aluminum accents, Shinobi Window carries through the signature BitFenix design philosophy of clean lines, understated elegance, and modern styling. If looks could kill, a glance at Shinobi Window could be your last.
Choose Your Destiny
The stealthy digital warrior must adapt to their environment. Available in with or without a windowed side panel, you can choose the Shinobi that blends perfectly with your surroundings. Whether you choose to walk the path of light or darkness, Shinobi has you covered.
Maximum Expansion
Serious rigs require serious hardware. That's why Shinobi Window is engineered to handle up to three 5.25" drives or eight 3.5" hard disks. You can also install a 2.5" SSD with the included adapter. Best of all, Shinobi Window can easily accommodate long graphics cards, which means that you can outfit it with the hardware necessary to eliminate the opposition.
Efficient Cooling
The effective gaming rig, like the warrior who wields it, must be cool under fire. Shinobi Window is adorned with unique mesh areas that can quickly dissipate excess heat. Shinobi Window can accommodate a bevy of fans - up to seven 120mm or two 140mm fans can be installed to ensure that all hardware stays as cool as the blood running through an assassin's veins.
Plenty of Connectivity
The efficient warrior must have easy access to all the tools they need to get the job done. Equipped with no less than four USB 2.0 ports, Shinobi Window offers plenty of connectivity for all your USB devices so that you can keep you gear connected and ready for battle.
DIY Friendliness
Fighting should be done in game -- not with your hardware. Shinobi Window comes with a wealth of DIY-friendly features, ensuring that getting your system setup is quick and efficient. A CPU cooler cutout makes it easy to change out your CPU cooler should the need arise. Shinobi Window comes with filtered fan intakes, keeping the interior clean and your system looking great. Shinobi Window even comes with convenient tool-free drive locking mechanisms for ultimate convenience.
BitFenix Quality
Shinobi Window comes with all the amenities and design touches characteristic of BitFenix chassis. BitFenix SofTouch™ Surface Treatment for resistance to fingerprints and stains surrounds the brushed gunmetal BitFenix logo emblazoned on the front. A luxuriously black coated chassis exudes both quality and refinement. With Shinobi Window, users can experience BitFenix quality both inside and out.
 
 ShinobiShinobi Window
Side PanelSolid SteelTinted Window
Cooling Front2 x 120mm (optional)2 x 120mm (1 x 120mm included)
Cooling Side PanelN/A1 x 120mm (optional)
ExtrasN/ATool-free drive locking mechanisms

 

Conclusion:

The Shinobi from BitFenix comes out of the gates looking strong. Packing with it 2 pre-installed 120mm fans, a tool-less design and complete solid steel construction making it a solid build. Add with that the spacious room behind the motherboard tray, good wire placements, good cable routing holes and you have an easy installation and clean looking interior after assembly.  To top it off the edges and front of the case also have got the Softtouch scratch/stain-resistant treatment giving it a rubbery touch. With a simple styling the Shinobi provides a modern look which is neither pronounced or understated. The few main complaints to be found with the Shinobi would have to be the GPU cooling being affected due to the lack of air flow in this area of the case and the fact that there are no usb 3.0 ports. For a $79 case though the Shinobi from BitFenix is sure to be a contender.

Would I recommend it? Yes. With the easy assembly, a clean looking interior and exterior, and room for decent sized components at $79, the Shinobi is a case I would recommend.

Pros:

  • Tool-less design
  • Quiet
  • Good cable management
  • Softtouch coating
  • Sleek exterior
  • Roomy interior

Cons:

  • GPU cooling
  • No usb 3.0 ports


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