With everything we have seen, we get the impression that the Shogun will be a big hit for BitFenix. As we mentioned at the beginning, we have seen just about every feature this case delivers in some form or fashion, but not done all at once, and never with such creativity. The modularity of this chassis allows those who need a plethora of storage drives to fit, 11 drives in total, but it also caters to the minimalist who wants to remove everything not needed and possibly fill it full of water cooling gear too.
The aluminum exterior, simple styling, rounded corners, angled tempered glass windows, it all just works well together, culminating in a chassis that is elegant on the outside, while the inside has everything you could need, including a plate for EATX motherboard which gives this chassis a whole new layout. Noise levels are subdued, and airflow is good, but we did pretty much gut the interior for our test of it too.
As far as build quality and component fitment is concerned, we feel the Shogun is solid and beefy, yet every part we installed showed no signs of awkward angles or oddly shaped panels; the build process was smooth sailing.
We also liked the SSD Chroma which features your SSDs right against the tempered glass. The fact that you can change it through seven colors, it can be run to cycle through those colors, or that it can also be hooked up to ASUS motherboards with Aura support, it makes life easy when trying to match a theme. Dust filtration is good for the PSU with its removable filter, but as for the front, this task is left to fine metal mesh. The nice thing about the lack of removable filters there, though, is that you can pull the entire panel and run it to the sink to clean it.
Usually, here, we tend to try and pick a design apart, and we only ran into one issue with everything that we found in the Shogun. Someone at BitFenix thinks a short HD Audio cable is fine, but with our older system being used, we could not make the connection to the bottom left corner of the motherboard, cleanly. We could have run the wire through the inside of the case and made the connection, but this is not 1999, and why offer wire management if the wires cannot be used in it. Outside of this small oversight by BitFenix, they are offering a stellar option to mid-tower case buyers with this Shogun.
BitFenix shows that when you listen to the customers, appreciate their input, and take your time in the development of a chassis, it will pay off in the end. The Shogun Super Mid-Tower Chassis delivers everything experienced builders want, it is modular to the extent of making anyone happy with the internal layout, and while pricey, it is a chassis you will not get sick of as you use it for a few builds over the coming years. At first, $159.99 may have seemed like quite a bit to pay for a mid-tower chassis. The pickings are slim when it comes to something which uses high-end materials, delivers lighting in a tasteful manner, and can not only take on an EATX motherboard but also checks all the boxes when it comes to selecting a chassis too.
The Shogun may not take the world by storm like the Prodigy did, but thinking outside of the box when it comes to chassis design will pay off big for BitFenix, the Shogun is just that good.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: If not for the HD Audio cable, the chassis could have gone gold! Modularity, sleek and elegant appearance, high-end materials, top-end build quality, expandability to EATX, and cost are all terrific reasons to appreciate and desire the Shogun Super Mid-Tower chassis from BitFenix.
PRICING: You can find the BitFenix Shogun EATX Super Mid-Tower Chassis for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The BitFenix Shogun EATX Super Mid-Tower Chassis retails for $165 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The BitFenix Shogun EATX Super Mid-Tower Chassis retails for £150 at Amazon UK.
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