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BitFenix Shinobi XL Chassis Review

Rating: 8.0.

BitFenix have been producing computer cases now for a few years and are earning a reputation in the industry, mainly due to their approach of producing products that ‘grant the user the utmost control, strength and performance to complete their computing tasks'. Their product range is currently fairly specialised and is focused completely on chassis and chassis accessories.

While you may mainly associate ‘XL' with clothing, BitFenix have decided to create a chassis that is called eXtra Large. It will easily accommodate a standard ATX motherboard but also has space for the XL-ATX platform and a vast array of fans.

For instance, included with this full tower case are 2 x 230mm fans, and 1 x 120mm fan which should provide a large amount of airflow without much noise. To put this into perspective, a 120mm fan rotating at ~1000 rpm will produce ~43.5 Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM), but a 230mm fan rotating at ~900 rpm will produce ~97.8 CFM. It's a good move.

The BitFenix Shinobi XL and the BitFenix Shinobi look almost identical and it seems the XL has just literally been stretched in all dimensions.


Materials Steel, Plastic
Color (Int/Ext) Black/Black
Dimensions (HxWxD) 570 x 245 x 557mm (ATX Full Tower)
Motherboard Sizes Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX, XL-ATX
5.25” Drive Bays x 5
3.5” Drive Bays x 7
2.5” Drive Bays x 8 (using 3.5″ drive bays and 5.25″ adapter)
Cooling Front 1 x 230mm (included), or 3 x 120mm (optional)
Cooling Rear 1 x 120mm (included), or 1 x 140mm (optional)
Cooling Top 2 x 230mm (x 1 included), or 3 x 120mm (optional)
Cooling Bottom 2 x 120mm (optional)
PCI Slots 9
I/O 1 x SuperCharge™, 4 x USB 3.0, HD Audio
Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)
Extras Superior watercooling support, FlexCage™, SofTouch™ Surface Treatment, filtered intakes, tool-free drive locking
Maximum CPU Cooler Height 181.1mm
Maximum Expansion Card Length 334mm (with HDD cage) / 487mm (with HDD cage removed)
Maximum MB Tray Clearance (rear) 32.5mm

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