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Bitfenix Shinobi Review

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For testing, I run the usual gauntlet of load and idle tests involving the four heat-producing components of the computer, which consist of the CPU, GPU, HDD, and chipset. For all idle tests, the computer is allowed to remain idle for an entire hour, after which the current temperature of each component is recorded. As for load testing, load is generated in a variety of ways, which consist of [email protected] for the GPU, Prime 95 for the CPU and chipset, and HDTune for the HDD. For each of these load tests, the load is applied for an entire hour also, after which the current temperature is recorded. As always, lowest is best.


Testing System:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67GHz
  • CPU Heatsink: ThermalRight Ultra Extreme 120mm Black Ed. - 2x Scythe Kaze Jyuni 120mm @ 110CFM.
  • Motherboard: DFI Lanparty UT X58-T3eH8
  • Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 998995 PC3 12800 3 x 4GB
  • Graphics Card: XFX HD6970 2GB
  • Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 500GB SATA 7200.12
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • Ambient Temperature: 22 °C


Comparison Cases:





Sadly, the Shinobi lost out in every test, only meeting face to face with the ThermalTake Level 10 GT and Cooler Master Centurion 5 II in the GPU tests. The lack of fans when compared to the Level 10 GT and Centurion 5 II is a definite cause that could have been improved if only a side panel fan had been included.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (The Internal Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup and Results
  6. Conclusion
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