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Nathan Edwards Jun 13, 2011

BitFenix Shinobi Window

At A Glance

PHOENIX

Great looks; surprisingly capacious

PHONICS

Lack of fans mean high internal temps

A Rarity: Inexpensive and Also Good Looking

BitFenix’s Shinobi Window manages to pack a whole lotta class into its miniscule frame. At 8.1 inches wide, 18.1 inches high, and 19.3 inches deep, the Shinobi Window is firmly in mid-tower territory. It’s made of steel and is painted matte black inside and out, with BitFenix’s smooth, rubberized SofTouch coating running up the front and top panel. The left-side panel includes a dark plastic window with a 12cm fan mount (fan sold separately) and the case comes with one filtered 12cm front fan (another is optional) and one 12cm rear exhaust fan. The top panel can hold two 12cm or 14cm fans (not included).

The Shinobi accommodates ATX, microATX, and Mini-ITX mobos, and the tray has four cutouts for cable routing. It has seven PCI expansion slots and can take videocards up to 12.2 inches. It has three 5.25-inch bays, one of which includes an adapter for external 3.5- or internal 2.5-inch drive mounting.

The eight hard drive mounts are toolless. Due to the lack of stock fans and cramped inner quarters, the Shinobi’s temperatures ran among the highest in our roundup in the thermal tests, but slapping a few more fans into it will improve that.

For $70, it’s a classy-looking and surprisingly capacious case, and a hell of a deal.

$70, www.bitfenix.com

THE VERDICT

BitFenix Shinobi Window

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