Bitfenix Shinobi Gaming Chassis Review
Looking 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
Specifications and Features:
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Side Panel||Solid Steel||Tinted Window|
|Cooling Front||2 x 120mm (optional)||2 x 120mm (1 x 120mm included)|
|Cooling Side Panel||N/A||1 x 120mm (optional)|
|Extras||N/A||Tool-free drive locking mechanisms|
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.
- Tool-less design
- Good cable management
- Softtouch coating
- Sleek exterior
- Roomy interior
- GPU cooling
- No usb 3.0 ports