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BitFenix Ronin Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 30, 2014 3:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Inside the Ronin




As we removed both side panels and glanced into the chassis, what first stuck us was the sleek stealth cover designed into this chassis. It offers a small honeycomb pattern on it, resembling the Crysis Nano-suit. This covers the PSU, wiring, and the bays from view when the build is done, and easily pops in and out with very little effort.




With the cover now gone, we can see that the trio of 5.25" bays do offer tool-free mechanisms on this side of the bays, but the other still needs screws for very secure mounting. We also see that there is some gear tied into the inside of the bays, along with the hardware box. We have all seen six hard drive bays, so I will be covering them in different sections as we continue.




Something to consider is that if you want to add fans or install a radiator to the top of the chassis, tend to it prior to wiring the chassis. Since the I/O is part of the top panel, the wiring has to have some give in order to fully remove it.




The motherboard tray has two "helper" standoffs installed, and is marked in the center with where to install standoffs for various motherboards. There is also plenty of room to wire and route, to keep this build looking good even without that cover.




On the floor there is room at the back for the power supply, and there are four rubber pads to set it on around the mesh. The optional fan location has been moved as close to the bays as possible, so that using a longer PSU won't block the potential to use this location.




The black on black, nine bladed, 120mm exhaust fan requires a 3-pin fan header for power, as does the front 120mm fan. The expansion slot covers are held in place with the same hex-head screws used to install a power supply, and have worked well for many years.




The motherboard tray is inset 25mm in some areas, and closer to 20mm in others where the structural shapes to solidify the tray are extended slightly. You can also see the six bays of the HDD rack at the left, and they are oriented to keep all of the wiring on this side as well.




All of the wiring inside of the chassis is black to help it to blend into the chassis as it runs across the bottom of the board. Even the fan wiring is black with black connectors, to help them disappear. Included are the USB 2.0 plug, the native USB 3.0 plug, the front panel switch and LED wiring, and the HD or AC'97 audio connections at the right.

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