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BitFenix Shadow Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 19, 2014 1:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 79%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Case Build and Finished Product

 

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Even with our more minimal setup installed, we completely fill this chassis. The cooler almost did not fit due to the top rail of the chassis being so close to the top of the motherboard, but using an SSD prevented us from having conflicts with hard drives. While it is not the most spacious case, it does offer a pretty clean build.

 

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Out back, the dust shield was a bit tight, but we managed to get it in. The video card was simple enough to get installed, and once we completely removed the dust filters in the floor of the chassis, the PSU slid in as we would have expected it to.

 

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With so little room here, we only ran the 8-pin wire behind the tray. The rest of the wiring tucks neatly near the drive bays, and with the door pivoting at the front and closing like a car door, the 8-pin wire won't be any issue. If running GPU leads, or the 24-pin back here, things off to the left should be fine.

 

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Since the chassis would look identical to this sans lighting, we figured we would skip the unpowered image, and move right into live action. Once the chassis is powered, it is near impossible to hear from a foot away from either the front or the back. We have also turned on the LED switch to get the red glow from the bottom, and the blue LED at the top indicates we are powered on.

 

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This is the section of the chassis that will allow for LED under glow to the front of the chassis. Without looking at the back of the packaging, or in the manual, it would be very easy to have missed this strip, but it is a cool little feature.

 

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Taking it one step further, if red is definitely not your first choice in ambient lighting, one of the two switches will allow users to swap between the red we just saw, and the blue we see now.

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