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

TESTING SYSTEM

For consistency’s sake, the same test system from the Shinobi was reapplied to the XL with driver updates:

BENCHMARKS

The AIDA64 system stability and benchmark utility was used to test the CPU, chipset, DIMM, and hard-drive temperatures, and 3DMark 11 for the GPU temperature. Two extra cases joined the fray, both XL-ATX ready: Antec Sonata P280 and Cooler Master HAF-X. The benchmarks from the original Shinobi and accompanying competition are incorporated as well:

The ambient temperature was 22°C. The sound levels were also recorded before, during, and after these tests. The Shinobi XL made barely a whisper of noise:

6 comments

  1. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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

    • 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.

  3. let me know where to send the pictures….

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