Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Ever since the introduction of the Colossus, which was one of the first designs BitFenix came up with, we knew early on that this was a company to keep our eyes on. In the nearly seven years from that time, we have seen many iconic designs come from BitFenix. Cases like the Survivor, Ronin, Prodigy cases, Pandora, and the Aurora all have one thing in common with the Colossus, which is innovation.
While there are many manufacturers happy with delivering mediocre cases, BitFenix has always been able to pride themselves on pushing the boundaries. Whether it be external aesthetics, reinventing Mini-ITX chassis design, adding hidden features, redesigning interior layouts, or the use of finer materials, tempered glass, or LED lighting inside of the case, they have had great success in this enormous chassis market we have today.
Thinking outside of the box has been what has kept BitFenix at the top of the list when it comes to cases which will take the world by storm. We would rather a company have a miss or two in design by trying, rather than to fall back on their heels and constantly deliver the same thing everyone else already is. BitFenix also prides themselves on the fact that on their forums, they are always driving the members for input with simple questions or even using renderings to offer options to choose from before a design even makes it to the manufacturing process. Spending more time in the early stages allows a company to save loads of cash, yet at the same time, extending that part of the process allows BitFenix to deliver things which have not been seen or done before. This is what we love to see when it comes to cases, as with as many as we see, it takes a lot to keep us interested.
This is what has happened with one of their later designs, the BitFenix Shogun. The name alone delivers a sense of leadership or ruler of cases. However, there has to be more than a name to get customers to flock to your product, and we feel BitFenix has done things we may have already seen in various cases, but to our recollection, it has not been offered all-in-one chassis. There are mid-tower cases which fit EATX motherboards, and there are cases with tempered glass sides, some of them are rounded in appearance. Some have LED lighting, many have a PSU cover, and some even sport GPU support systems, but we have yet to see this at one time, and BitFenix is trying to change that.
It is easy to see that the amount of time and effort that went into this design was tedious and lengthy, but at the end of all that hard work, the BitFenix Shogun EATX Super Mid-Tower Chassis was worth every drop of sweat and every hour spent working rather than resting.
The BitFenix Shogun only comes in one color option of black, but it is made of aluminum, tempered glass, SECC steel, and ABS plastic, making up this Super Mid-tower chassis. It is designed to allow Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, and ATX motherboards, but they were also certain to make EATX motherboards compatible as well. Next on the chart are the clearances, where we see that CPU coolers can be 175mm in height, graphics cards can be 410mm long, and on the floor, there is room for 250mm worth of power supply. Jumping down the chart a bit, we see that the front I/O contains a pair of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports and HD Audio jacks, but there is more to be found there. As far as dimensions go, this chassis is 250mm thick, it stands 565mm tall, and is 525mm from front to back. Empty, this super mid-tower chassis, weighs in at 14.15kg.
Inside of the chassis, we will not find any 5.25" bays offered, but you can install up to six 3.5" drives, and an astounding 11 locations for 2.5" drives. The front of the chassis can have a pair of 140mm fans installed, but comes shipped with a pair of 120mm fans installed there out of the three possible locations. The top mimics the layout of the front, as it also allows for a pair of 140mm fans or three 120mm fans, although none come installed there. The rear of the chassis is designed to allow either a 140mm or 120mm fan, and BitFenix filled it with a 120mm fan. There is also quite a bit of room for water cooling options. The front of the chassis can take a 280mm or 240mm radiator. The top of the chassis offers room for the same 280mm radiator, but here a 360mm radiator can fit as well. You could also use the back for liquid cooling, as it will allow for a 140mm or 120mm radiator to hang from it.
The last section of the chart covers the feature set, and it is simple to see that the Shogun has a lot packed into it. Not only do they use aluminum and give the Shogun a rounded and elegant look with tempered glass side panels, but there is also much storage and even a spot where two 2.5" drives are illuminated by SSD Chroma. There is an adapter that can be installed to fit EATX motherboards, but to do so, they also had to make the drive bays removable as well. Much of the rest of what is discussed we have already covered, but we will be sure to point out anything we may have missed throughout the remainder of this review.
While visiting the BitFenix Shogun product page, there is a section where you can find locations which will sell you this chassis. Outside of buying it directly from BitFenix, they list another ten places where it can be found inside of the US. With availability quite high and spread across many venues, we see that currently, all of the listings are roughly the same price. What we have found between the two e-tail giants is that both offer the Shogun at $159.99. However, at Amazon, Prime members do get free shipping, while Newegg makes no mention of Premier members getting a deal, but they do state shipping is another $24.65. When a mid-tower chassis breaks that $100 mark, we tend to expect much more from such cases, but even just this far into the review, we can assure you that BitFenix did everything possible to earn their right to charge such a price.
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)
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