NOISE, SOUND, AND THERMAL PERFORMANCE
Since the BitFenix Shinobi comes with two pre-installed 120mm fans, I decided to put it up against the Antec Sonata IV and the Cooler Master HAF 912 in the same configuration as all three are in the same price-range.
I used AIDA64s system stability and benchmark utility to test the CPU, chipset, DIMM, and hard-drive temperatures, and 3DMark 11 for the GPU temperature. The sound levels were also recorded before, during, and after these tests:
The BitFenix Shinobi did not perform the best out of the three chassis but the numbers are pretty darn good. It was on par with the Antec Sonata IV, and just a tad behind the Cooler Master HAF 912. Considering that, much like the Sonata IV, the Shinobi has a stylish design; it makes sense for it to perform a tad lower than the HAF 912. The HAF 912 is a fairly wide-open, translucent case. You can see your components from any angle, and it makes sense for it to perform better. However, the HAF 912 looks nowhere near as elegant as the Shinobi does. I would gladly give add a few degrees for the SofTouch exterior. It may not be the best for ventilation, but it sure as heck is great to touch and look at.
Finally, the sound-level results:
Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: Packaging
Page 3: Features and Specifications
Page 4: Accessories and Fittings
Page 5: The Exterior
Page 6: The Exterior (Continued)
Page 7: The Interior
Page 8: The Interior (Continued)
Page 10: Final Words and Conclusion