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BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX PC Chassis Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specs, Packaging and Accessories
  3. External Impressions
  4. Internal Impressions
  5. Installation Impressions
  6. Conclusion
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The best way to check the potential of a cable management is by mounting everything that you have. The following components are used:
Processor+ Motherboard AMD FX-8150+ Asus 990FX Sabertooth
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G
GPU Asus EAH 6950 CUII
Audio Card Asus Xonar DX
Primary Storage Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD
Secondary Storage Western Digital 300GB Velociraptor
Western Digital 1TB Green Edition
Western Digital 320GB Blue Edition
Power Supply Corsair TX750

Although all the unused cables are easily re-routed and tied down easily, there is a mess due to the long GPU and the 3.5″ drives. Do note that Asus EAH 6950 hogs in 3 PCIE slots (11.7″X 5″) and requires 2x PCIE power connectors- so its pretty good keeping such design in mind. but I will appreciate if the HDD bays could have been right angled and use sliding rails to mount the HDD drives- this way the SATA connectors can be re-routed on the other side and all the HDD bays can be used. Then again, the depth might end up to be increased or else its just not going to be easy to secure the right side panel. For what its worth, If you’re having a 10inch long MID end GPU, you should be able to install all the HDD with ease.
Also I believe its best if the cable management hole next to the power supply are bigger than other holes as that’s where almost all the cables are routed through. There are lot of cable tie clips on the back. Towards the right of the side panel, the space between the rear panel of the motherboard tray and the right side panel is about 2cms. and the space between the HDD cage and the right side panel is 4 cms. Cable tie clips are provided in areas that are really required.

A little bit of issue I had was when I was installing the standoffs for the first time- and that’s when the brass standoff’s secure nut came was useful. So its more of a necessity at first rather than just another tool that you might not use.
Comparison photos: Bitfenix Shinobi and Corsair 500R

Before we go ahead, comparing a BitFenix Shinobi and 500R (or a 400R) isn’t fair but my intention is not to compare them, but just to give you an idea of where this case stands compared to a bit taller ATX form factor cases.

The reason I am doing this is because putting and doing cable management on BitFenix Shinobi has been a good experience. Its a case that can accommodate a lot of hardware with a lot of space to mount HDD drives (do note that the space between 2 HDD drives is about 1cm) The “good experience” is pretty much comparable with such cases like the 500R and the 912 advanced I’ve evaluated few months ago. Suffice to say, Bitfenix is one of those “its bigger on the inside” cases.

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