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BitFenix Shinobi Case Review (window version)

The window allows us to admire the hardware we have fitted inside the Shinobi case. The side panel has a placement for an optional 1 x 120mm fan that can intake cool air across the graphics card and motherboard.

The opposite side panel is all steel with no added ventilation options.


The front panel features sharp design lines and the BitFenix logo with a brushed gun metal finish. There is also a mesh ventilation strip on both edges of the front panel to increase airflow.  Removing the front panel reveals the thin mesh dust filter used to cover 2 x 120mm fans. BitFenix include a single 120mm front intake fan here.

The rear of the Shinobi features 1 x 120mm exhaust fan, a place for the I/O shield, 7 expansion slots, 2 water cooling holes protected with rubber grommets and the space for bottom mounting the power supply.

The top panel features the same mesh covered ventilation strip as the front and includes 4 USB 2.0 ports, audio and microphone jacks and the On/Off power and Reset switches.  The rear portion of the top panel has a mesh covered area for mounting 2 top exhaust fans. The fans can be either 120mm or 140mm which is a nice option.

The top panel also contains a small PCB which provides our USB and audio connectivity options previously mentioned.

The base of the Shinobi has 4 raised areas. Raising the case further off the ground with these rubber feet increases the level of air flowing under the chassis. In the center of the base is a mesh covered area designated to hold an optional 120mm intake fan. There is also mesh cover over the area where the PSU will sit. The Shinobi can take up to 7 fans when fully configured which should be able to deal with most cooling requirements.

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