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Bitfenix Shinobi Review

Compxpert    -   July 19, 2011
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Conclusion:

Overall, the Bitfenix Shinobi has a lot to offer in a sleek and stylish package. Its expandability features, including the 3.5" drives and ability to add on five more fans, definitely set it apart from the rest. Sure it didn't win out when it came to beating the heat, but that is understandable given that one of the compared cases was in a completely different price bracket and both comparison cases had more fans included with them. There was also an issue with wire management as a result of the placement of the 3.5" drive bays, which could have been alleviated by using a different sort of tool-less solution. Had one been included that could allow the hard drives to be mounted from side to side, as opposed to front to back, this wouldn't be an issue at all. However, the case does offer many staple features seen on every case out there, which include a heatsink bracket hole behind the motherboard tray and a bottom-mounted power supply. The included 5.25" bay converter is a very nice touch, allowing you to take one of your 5.25" bays and use it for many other things, including 2.5" SSDs or HDDs, 3.5" HDDs, and any external 3.5" device you may need. So you might be wondering, since it was up against a case with much higher cost, what sort of price tag does this case carry? Well it seems not many retailers carry this case at the moment. One quick Google search does turn up a $69.99 price tag on Xoxide.com for the windowed side panel version, with the non-window version coming in at a cool $59.99. So if you're looking for a great case with awesome expandable features for a nice price, then you needn't look further than the Bitfenix Shinobi.

 

Pros:

  • 5.25" bay converter is versatile
  • Tool-less solutions
  • Great price
  • Sleek looks
  • Side panel window

 

Cons:

  • Wire management
  • Could have included one more fan


 

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  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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