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BitFenix Shinobi XL Window Version Full Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 15, 2012 3:48 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




Externally with the Shinobi XL it keeps the all black theme with just a simple brushed aluminum "Fenix" on the front, along with five bay cover this time and of course the wide vertical mesh grooves that come from the Shinobi are present. At the top there is a well appointed I/O panel that includes this SuperCharge port and a vast expanse of steel mesh that is surrounded by more plastic with the SofTouch coating and again the grooves continue here as well. The SuperCharge port can deliver 2.5 amps of power to keep any mobile device charged for use and quickly recharges or "SuperCharges" them when they are about to die.


On the left of the chassis there is a large window in the version I received, while the right of the chassis is plain and black. There are fan filters that can be found on all of the intakes to the chassis comprised of a PSU filter, two 120mm fan openings in the bottom of the chassis are also filtered, along with a large filter in the front to cover the 230mm fan directing air flow into the chassis. On the back of the chassis you have four water cooling holes and nine expansion slots.


Internally you can install up to five 5.25" drives or devices and under that is room for up to seven 3.5" drives that also allow for 2.5" drive mounting. While each drive bay uses the same plastic trays as we expect from BitFenix, the steel cage is removable this time with the removal of a few screws and this is what is called the FlexCage. The motherboard tray has eight wire management holes, seven with grommets and sixteen tie points for the wiring. The tray also has holes in it that are clearly marked for mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX and XL-ATX motherboards, although an XL-ATX board will negate a lot of the management options. To cool the chassis BitFenix includes a pair of 230mm Spectre fans along with a 120mm version and they all receive power via 3-pin fan connectors with no adapters included. One of the 230mm fans is used as the intake fan at the front, while the other 230mm fan is strapped to the roof working as an exhaust fan. The 120mm fan is also acting as exhaust and is placed in the back of the chassis with great alignment to air coolers.


It seems like it was quite some time ago, mid-April maybe that I was told these cases were on their way to the US shores. Even so, I am still not able to locate either the Window version like I have or the plain non-window version that came first. I do recall being told that the MSRP would be right around $149, which isn't too bad for all the case you get. For those of you reading in just about any other market the Shinobi XL is listing at a few places. If you are paying in Euros, expect around 140 €, for those still going with the Pound, expect near £120. Now you have to realize that the pricing I have found and was told are based on the plain BitFenix Shinobi XL and not the version with the window as you are about to see it. With this addition I would expect pricing to jump $20-30 for the chassis I received.

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