Case Build & Finished Product
For our build needs, we had no interest in keeping the HDD bays inside of the case. By removing three screws in each cage, they all come right out of the Shogun, This makes room for the EATX plate to be installed, and the bottom of it is left open so that a pair of HDD bays can still be used and accesses when this plate is in use.
The front of the Shogun does not change in any way shape or form when the build process is complete. You are left with the same sleek looking aluminum fascia we saw fresh out of the box.
With the bays out of the top, the Shogun accepts parts with open arms. The motherboard sits low, and there is a lot of room to go with an EATX motherboard. The video card is level, thanks to the support bracket connected to the front of the case, and the SSD Chroma and cover plate block the view of all of the motherboard connection and PSU.
The dust shield fits well in the cutout, and when it came to installing the AIO, we could shift it up or down a bit too. No issues were found getting the video card installed into the back of the case, and the same can be said for the PSU at the bottom.
Wiring the chassis is not that complicated, as most of the work is done for you. The majority of the wires are contained with the straps on the left, and we found well-positioned tie points for everything else. You may also notice that we removed an SSD tray to place the controller for the Alchemy 2.0 LED kit. BitFenix sent us some lighting, which does not come with the case, but we installed it for looks anyways.
Denying the sleek and subtle design of the Shogun is hard. Even without any power going to the system at this point, it is attractive, rounded, and with all exterior components made of tempered glass or aluminum, there is a certain elegance to it as well.
Once we powered up out test system, we found it to be cooled well, and the noise level at this time was at 33dB with the chassis fans running at full speed. The SSD Chroma is bright, much brighter than the LEDs on the AIO or video card. Keep in mind this is only one color. The button on the front allows for seven color options as well as a rainbow mode. You can also connect the Chroma to ASUS Aura motherboards, and all of the LEDs in your system can be matched.
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