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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

The Build and Finished Product

 

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As we get started, we removed the front of the chassis to remove the lowest bay cover for our DVD drive, but more on that later. You can now also see the 120mm fan, and the filter installed in the front, and also why there is the need for the long screws that they provide in the hardware.

 

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We were also able to install the Tundra AIO into this chassis. There is just a couple of millimeters of space above our bare memory sticks, and this is also why we went with the ODD in the lowest bay; there just isn't room up top.

 

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Even with such an odd placement for the DVD drive, it does not really break up the design of the Ronin. While it is the only thing textured up front, the black isn't too far off, and leaves an attractive front bezel to deal with.

 

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Ready for a bit of testing; I thought we should show the Ronin as we would with any other chassis on the market. Even without the cover in place to block messes, we were able to come up with a clean and pleasing layout when we were done.

 

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Then of course, once the cover is back in place, very little of the effort put forth into wire management and wire tending shines through. That is the point though. This will hide things for those without management skills, and also blocks the view of the bays and PSU from view through the window.

 

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The back fills out well, and there were no issues snapping in the dust shield, aligning the video cards in the slots, or getting the PSU mounted into the bottom; it all went smooth as silk.

 

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Just to prove how much room can be found in the back of the motherboard try, I ran as much of the wiring as I could back here, including the 24-pin clips, and running it over the front I/O wiring. Even stacking them as we did, replacing this side panel was as if there was nothing there anyways.

 

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With the chassis back together, you can also get a grasp of what can be viewed through the window when the build is finished. There is a great view of all the things you want to see, and a sleek patterned cover to block the view of things you really don't want to see.

 

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In the six images we took over various boots, and many times trying to get both LEDs on at once, it just didn't seem possible, as the red HDD activity LED just flashed too fast for it to be caught. However, we had no issues capturing the blue power LED. Another bonus is that these are at the top, and in normal situations, they won't blind or distract you.

 

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As you can tell from just stepping back a little bit, the LEDs are now not visible at all. If not for the exhaust fan running, you would think the chassis was off. Helping in this deception is the fact that while the fans do provide sufficient airflow through the chassis to keep thing manageable, the 34 dB of sound coming from them makes this chassis inaudible at this distance.

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