Bitfenix Shinobi ReviewCompxpert - July 19, 2011
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When considering a case for any project, an important consideration may be how much expansion you plan to do over the course of your build's lifetime. It's not exactly great if you want to add more hard drives, but the case you bought only accepts four hard disks and those bays are already taken. That's why it's important to consider a chassis wisely and if your intention is expanding to more than four 3.5" drives, then Bitfenix has a solution for you with the Shinobi case. The Shinobi offers you a total of eight 3.5" bays for your hard disk drives, and one of the eight can even accomodate a 2.5" or 3.5" device mounted externally, with the included 5.25" adatper. The bay converter also allows you to mount either a 2.5" or 3.5" SSD or HDD internally. These are just some of the many great features the Shinobi has to offer, with more expansion-related features than just these. If you're keen on finding out, read on while we take a closer look.
At first glance, we don't know too much about the case, other than the fact we have the windowed version as opposed to the windowless. On the right side of the box we have a printed list of specifications and a look at the top front of the case. The back of the box gives a glance at some of the other features that the case has, like the surface of the outside and its expandable cooling system. Bringing up the rear with the left side of the box we are reintroduced to the fact that this is the windowed version of the case, as well as some UPC symbols.
Once open, we find the case sandwiched between two pieces of Styrofoam. The case is given some additional protection through plastic wrapping around it.
The cooling capability of this case is amazing, but just how good is it? You'll have to read on.