BitFenix Shinobi Window review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 08/14/2011 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Internals then. Initial thought, I expected more room to work in for a mid sized tower, we have seen better and that's due to the positioning of the HDDs. The specs mention that you can use lengthy graphics cards alright.
The second thought would be the all black design, that looks good in contrast with the white elements, including cables and connectors.
At the backside of the chassis we notice the big-ass gaping hole in the motherboard tray. This actually is a CPU backplate cutout which allows you to remove and install a new CPU cooler much easier.
Typically you'd need to take out the motherboard to install a new cooler, now you can access it from both sides without that unpleasant experience of removing a motherboard from the chassis. There is space for cable routing here, though not heaps of it.
At the top side we can see two 120mm fan cutouts, the actual fans are not included. In the upper mesh you'll notice that mounting holes for other fan and radiator solutions have already been prepped. It's good to see a protective dust filter there though.
You'll get 7 PCI slots to play around with so in theory you can house up-to three graphics cards in here, two I'd recommend as maximum as space wise you could run into problems.
BitFenix recently released an extension to the original model, the Shinobi "Window" edition chassis. An affordable yet elegant chassis solution. Tagged with a 69 USD price tag this chassis is locked and loaded as mid-tower case with its crosshair aimed at gamers. While the regular Shinobi has a solid steel side panel and one 120mm fan, the Shinobi Window is a little more advanced and offers a tinted side window as well as an extra 120mm fan and tool-free drive locking mechanisms.