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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
System Build and Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

BitFenix Shinobi Window Mid-Tower Case

Manufacturer: BitFenix Co. Ltd.
Product Name: BitFenix Shinobi Window Black
Model Number: BFC-SNB-150-KKW1-RP
Price As Tested: $69.00 at BitFenix Store

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by BitFenix Co. Ltd.

Here at Benchmark Reviews we like to bring you the most up to date hardware reviews, our latest sample is the BitFenix Shinobi Window Mid-Tower PC case model number BFC-SNB-150-KKW1-RP. This case has been out now for a few months but is still quite recent, it was the elegant design that first attracted me to this case, the second point that made this case rather appealing was its raw mod-ability.

There seems to be a trend lately with many people cursing overly plastic PC cases but I think the Shinobi is somewhat different, it isn't perfect but for its price you can't really want for more. For under $70 you get a very good looking 'windowed' case with a painted interior, motherboard cut-out's and room to manage and hide cables effectively, a bottom mounted PSU, two 120mm fans pre-installed with capability for seven and mesh venting on all intakes bar the window. Let's not leave it there though, there is more to see so let's get to it.

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BitFenix Shinobi Window 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 SofTouchTM 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.

BitFenix Shinobi Window Specifications

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

Source: BitFenix.com



 

Comments 

 
# RE: BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer CaseRobert17 2011-08-03 18:53
Nice review Steven. And nice build as well. Case manufacturers seem to be competing well with features vs. dollars these days. I'm glad to see it. Hopefully better cases will be one of the factors to encourage more folks to jump into building their own PCs.
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# RE: RE: BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer CaseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-08-03 22:59
Yeah could'nt agree more, on a similar note hopefully the whole 'Windows 8 will support XBOX 360 games' is just a malicious roumor because that might just be the end for PC gaming as we know it.
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# RE: RE: RE: BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer CaseWhyNotV2 2011-08-04 03:26
Nice case and good review. I just want to say that as long as Sony continues making a Playstation console, PC gaming will continue as it is. Not everyone is an Xbox/Micro$oft fanboy :D
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# It's all thereRealNeil 2011-08-04 09:51
I like this case. It's not gaudy and just looks good to me. (personal preference)
I like that there are plenty of options for adding more fans into the box if it's needed. I like that it's not expensive.
I usually buy CoolerMaster cases, but will consider a build using this case.
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# RE: It's all thereStupido 2011-08-07 02:31
+1 to your statement :)
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