BitFenix Shinobi XL Computer Chassis Review – Is Bigger Always Better?

Released last year by BitFenix, the Shinobi became an instant hit in the chassis market, winning multiple awards in the process.

Remakes are typically not as good as the originals, hence there was a sense of foreboding when BitFenix released the larger version of its mid-tower case; the Shinobi XL. Instead of a new design, the engineers at BitFenix boldly decided to expand on their most popular product yet. If the Shinobi review is anything to go by, then the XL has much of its work cut out.


Ultimately, the point of recreating  something is driven with the intent to improve on the original. It is true
that, in being a new chassis, the Shinobi hurt itself by the exclusion of USB 3.0 ports; regardless, it still hit a home-run in the market. Evidently BitFenix realized this and thought along the lines of “How can we build on the successes of the Shinobi, while ironing-out the plaguing complications, and incorporating modern-day features and technologies?”. It is clear that while undertaking the XL project, BitFenix had the perfect, nay complete Shinobi in mind as their final goal.

Thus, with the original being so innovative, will the XL live up to the hype? Did BitFenix listen to the criticism, and improve/update the design, or is the original still superior? Only one way to find out…


Right off the bat, it is clear BitFenix did a ton of research and analysis into what needed to be improved from the initial design. The aforementioned missing USB 3.0 ports are now present, along with an innovative SuperCharge port developed solely by BitFenix:


“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” surely applies to the XL, as the case has retained the same outer and inner composition as the original Shinobi. The XL has simply been expanded to house every type of motherboard up to XL-ATX. The infamous and much welcomed SofTouch surface also makes its triumphant return, along with the same sleek, professional matte-black design:



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    If i can locate one in Australia i think i might replace my Fractal Desihn XL V3, as it has more ports on top, proper radiator holder built in (mine is mounted on top on machined holders). I just need to ensure it will hold all 12 HDD’s, 2 SSD’s and the OD. Water cooled 2600K running 4.8GHz, 16Gb 2133MHz CL9 ram @ 2430MHz, Waiting for funds for a 670/680 (currently 570). Mainboard Asrock Extreme 7 gen 3.

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      14 drives huh? I’d like to see the final build 🙂

      Wanted to apologize for spelling and grammar errors. Something went wrong during the port over to the editor. Will have those fixed soon.

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    too bad im currently into laptop and only laptops, and will most likely not go back to desktop anymore. i do like the desktop cases they do provide more drives, and obviously more cooling and with the latest motherboard/chipset they can have more than two SATAIII ports, which laptop is currently lacking.

    nevertheless, great review

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      Thanks! 🙂

      A lot of people share your way of thinking, and I can’t blame them. It’s just more convenient to use a portable device. As you said, the ability to expand storage isn’t quite there yet without giving up the mobility of a laptop, but hopefully cloud-computing gets to a point where it’s possible.

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    let me know where to send the pictures….

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