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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

BitFenix Shinobi XL Window Version




The front of the Shinobi XL offers five bays behind the covers and a brushed aluminum "Fenix" surrounded with the flat black look of the SofTouch coating. Keeping with the Shinobi name, the sides have the same inserted mesh grooves that keep things in the family.




The top of the chassis offers an I/O panel at the front edge and pretty much the rest of the top of the XL is covered with mesh to allow the chassis to breath, as well as possibly a triple 120mm radiator if you plan to water cool.




The I/O panel offers the yellow SuperCharge port for charging mobile devices followed by four USB 3.0 ports. There are also 3.5mm jacks for the headphones and microphone under the power LED and the HDD activity LED. On the right is a very large power button and a tiny little reset button.




Be careful of the front I/O wiring, but the top is fully removable to allow you access to the screw holes in the steel roof of the XL. Here you can run a pair of 230mm fans, a trio of 120mm fans and yes that means a triple 120mm radiator will fit and there is plenty of room before you hit the motherboard.




Obviously this is what makes my Shinobi XL the Window Version. This large window is held to the steel with plastic push-pin type locks and surprisingly in a chassis from BitFenix, there are no fan holes added to this window. I prefer my windows without fans, so this is a nice thing to find.




In the back of the Shinobi XL, at the top you can see where to grab to remove the top panel just above the four water cooling holes. You then have the 120mm exhaust fan, nine expansion slots and the large hole to install the PSU at the bottom.




Both doors are held in place with large thumbscrews and the right side panel of the XL is plain and offers not much more than the textured, painted, black expanse of steel.




Under the chassis there are three fan filters, one for each of the two optional places for 120mm fans, as well as under the PSU to keep things dust free inside. The four plastic feet are trimmed with a ring of brushed aluminum to match the logo on the front and near the front feet are four of the screws to remove the Flex Cage.

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