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BitFenix Shinobi Window Mid Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 6, 2011 7:05 am
TweakTown Rating: 83%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




While the main frame of the chassis is built from steel and receives a black painted treatment both inside and out, the front bezel and top panel are both comprised of plastic and get the familiar SofTouch coating we have seen in the Colossus and Survivor chassis designs. It seems this is one thing aside from the large Phoenix logo that will set BitFenix cases apart from the crowd. Down the front of the chassis there is room for up to three optical drives, and one of those has a 3.5" adapter tray in it. Moving down the front, you then run into a large area of the SofTouch coating with a brushed metal BitFenix logo centering it. The top plastic cover is well ventilated in the rear over the motherboard and receives a mesh covering. Near the front of the chassis you will find the front I/O panel and power and reset buttons.


Setting this chassis apart from the standard Shinobi, of course, is the triangular shaped window in the side panel, and this window has a dark tint in it like the Colossus Window has. Internally they made a change to attach all the tool-free hardware to the drive bays. The 5.25" bays have a hinged clip to secure the drives. Simply lift the lock and it swings open to the left. Slide in a drive and then lock the clip back into the drive and the frame. The eight 3.5" bays have a clip that allows pins to pass through the steel cage to lock in the drives. In order to hold the clip in, the center of it has a keyed insert that gets locked into the cage with a twist of a knob on the outside of the clip.


The amount of cooling supplied in the Shinobi Window is a bit limited, but that in no way means there isn't options to turn this chassis into a wind tunnel. The front of the chassis ships with a single 120mm fan with a 3-pin connection for power. Even here there is the option to add a second intake fan right above the one that comes installed. The top of the chassis has no fans installed, but has the room to house either a pair of 120mm fans or 140mm fans; the choice is yours. The rear of the chassis has the only other fan installed in the chassis from BitFenix. The one installed is a 120mm fan, again with a 3-pin connection. If you should choose to reduce the fan size on this exhaust, there are mounting holes for a 92mm fan instead. Even the floor has additional options for adding a 120mm fan in front of the power supply. This just leaves us with the side panel. The windowed Shinobi has the tinted acrylic insert in this panel, and it has slots to allow airflow through it, and has mounting holes to add another 120mm fan here as well.


With the basic version of the Shinobi priced at an astounding $69.95 just about everywhere I looked, I feared with BitFenix adding the window and tool-free mechanisms, the price might incur a serious increase. Shopping with Google, I find that both the Shinobi and Shinobi Window are limited to four or five e-tailers in the US. Even though the amounts of places are limited, the pricing I found was a pleasant surprise. With the new additions to make the Shinobi Window, the retail pricing of $85.00 US dollars makes this chassis an attractive choice for your wallet as well. Even with shipping tacked on to most of these e-tailers prices, the finished to your door pricing can be had for just shy of $100. Considering that price point, let's jump into some images and see what BitFenix is offering for your portrait of Ben Franklin.


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