One of the most important factors when undertaking a custom PC build is the design and functionality of the chassis itself. It sets the tone for the build to come, and for some, even dictates specifically which components are needed to match the case.
It is the centerpiece of any build, and more importantly, a part that you will always look at first before anything else. A conscious decision is needed and this, the chassis, raises a few questions.
Is the build centered on gaming and video transcoding, a professional business environment, or just simple web-surfing? Does the case have clearance for long video cards? Is the cable management easy to maneuver or will I have clumps of wire everywhere? Does it support enough ventilation, room, and compatibility for overclocking, water-cooling, and multi case-fan support? Finally, the most important question is whether it will fit my budget?
BitFenix, since their inception into the chassis market back in April 2010, have been making a lot of waves in a short period of time, producing attractive, affordable cases that appeal to a wide audience and not just gamers. They may be new but the people behind the company certainly are not. Many are former Cooler Master employees who worked on the ever popular Storm and HAF series cases, and the other few lot are from Abit.
Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine.
Users shouldn’t have to adjust themselves to the way their hardware works. So, we strive to put the user in complete control of his hardware, so that it functions as an extension of his will, and not as another variable he has to compensate for.
In the heat of battle, the user should not have to worry about the state of his equipment, which is why BitFenix products are engineered to perform under even the most extreme conditions. No matter how taxing the situation, users can rely on the strength of BitFenix products to perform as they are intended.
Finally, BitFenix is about performance. In the top levels of competition, the difference between first and second place can be razor-thin, which means that every advantage counts. BitFenix is about making high-performing products that give users an edge.
BitFenix is the result of the collaboration of several veterans in both the technology and gaming industries. From the same minds behind some of technologys most venerable products, our goal is to create products that grant the user the utmost control, strength, and performance to complete their computing tasks.
We understand that some of the most innovative and novel concepts come from the community itself, which is why we take great steps to listen to the needs of our users and develop optimal ways to integrate their ideas into our products. By working closely with the global community, BitFenix is able to engineer solutions that directly address the needs of our users.
Combining a deep understanding of gaming and other high-demand computing applications with superior engineering and design know-how, the BitFenix team is dedicated to creating the go-to computing products and peripherals for those who refuse to quit.
The company is rooted firmly in the gaming industry, quite evident by its association with the KODE5 pro-gaming circuit, and the team predominantly has experience designing kit for this area. Having already released chassis for all three price-points, the full-tower Colossus Black, the mid-range, mid-tower Survivor, and the one under inspection for this review, the budget-minded Shinobi, BitFenix is poised and ready to meld those small waves into a large splash.
I would like to thank BitFenix for providing the Shinobi case for testing and review.
COMPANY: BitFenix Co. Ltd.
PRODUCT: Shinobi (Window)
PRICE: ~$65 CAD
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