Specifications, Availability and Pricing
With the Ronin, we are given a mid-tower chassis that is made mostly of steel, but is also comprised in part with ABS plastic. These components would be the removable top and front panels. The front is covered in the SofTouch coating, offers three external bay covers, very small holes to breathe through, and an aluminum "Fenix" placed near the bottom. The sides of the bezel offer thin mesh strips that run up the entire face, and as the top edge curls back to the top, they continue along the top edges as well. We also find the front I/O panel in the top, along with similar holes for ventilation.
The left side offers a very large widow, but the panel is flat across its span. At the back, we find water cooling grommets, seven expansion slots, and a bottom mounted power supply. The right side of the chassis is flat as the left is, but the only thing to see there is the textured paint applied to both the outside, as well as the inside of this chassis.
Inside we find tool-free bays for the 5.25" devices, and there is also an adapter tray to convert one of them to 3.5". Below is a modular rack for the hard drives that use trays for 3.5" and 2.5" storage drives, and by modular we mean that the top three of the six bays are removable to allow for longer video cards. In front of these bays there is one pre-installed 120mm fan with a dust filter, and room for an optional 120mm fan; they do provide the extra fan filter. The top of the chassis will hold a pair of 120mm fans, and also 140mm fans, and will also take on a dual radiator of the 240mm flavor.
The motherboard tray offers room for ATX or Micro-ATX motherboards, offers five strategically placed wire management holes, and offers well over twenty places to tie wiring to. The floor of the chassis will hold the PSU on rubber pads, and also offers room for another optional 120mm fan. As for the back of the chassis, this is where the second and last pre-installed fan is placed.
The Ronin has been on the market for some time at this point, and should be very easy to obtain. As we look around the internet, we find that they do put the MSRP just shy of that magic $100 mark that we like to see fully featured mid-tower designs come under, but is it worth it? We also see that in the retail segment, their MSRP doesn't seem to ring true on actual pricing we found. Hopefully by the time we are done, even if this turns out not to be your favorite chassis aesthetically, you can see why BitFenix is a strong contender in the chassis game. If they keep going with ideas such as this, they may find themselves on the fast track to the top of the food chain.
PRICING: You can find the BitFenix Ronin for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The BitFenix Ronin retails for $133.43 at Amazon.
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