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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

Detailed Interior Features

Lets have a detailed look at the interior features of the BitFenix Shinobi.

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When you open the case for the first time you are greeted with an installation guide and a basic accessory package (tucked neatly in a little brown box). You get a little bag of assorted screws and the motherboard standoffs, the rubber feet for the case and a dozen or so cable ties.

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The 5.25" tool free retention clips are simple yet effective, to open simply push underneath on a plastic tab to release the clip, install your optical drive (or other 5.25" device), line up the screw holes and push the clip back into place. Each one has the BitFenix logo on it, which I think is a nice little touch.

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Similar story with the 3.5" tool free retention clips, no real explanation is needed as the picture above says it all really. One thing to note here is that these retention clips come free of the case when you unlock them and can be a little fiddly to get back into place but it's nothing major.

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Here is the 5.25" bay adapter removed from the case, this allows you to install an external 3.5" device or an internal 2.5" drive. The front face has the same finish as the 5.25" drive bay covers that are clipped into the front panel meaning you won't sacrifice looks when you install an external 3.5" device.

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Installing a 2.5" device in the bay adapter is accomplished by screwing it in from the underside, it's a shame that the provision for two 2.5" drives were not catered for as it could have easily been achieved with a bit of creative thinking, but those of us that think like this won't have a problem finding a way to install more than one 2.5" drive anyway.

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the rear of the motherboard tray is 2cm deep which is more than enough room for hiding you cables away, you may have noticed that there are certain recessed areas of the motherboard tray but they are only around 5mm deep so it is not a problem.

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for more cable routing goodness you only need look up at the top of the case to find yet another two cut-outs that allow for routing of the CPU power cable and/or any fan cables you may have.



 

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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