Conclusion: The BitFenix Ronin delivers excellent build quality and a very classy, functional design. The interior is roomy enough for extra-long multi-GPU configurations, has ample storage room and great support for watercooling. One minor issue is that there are only two fans included, which may result in insufficient airflow in a high-end gaming system. Other than that there's little to complain about this case, it will do everything you can reasonably expect from it.
Summary: A warrior with no master. A case with no equal. Ronin combines a dark, stealthy design with enhanced hardware compatibility for a chassis built for vengeance, a small extract of what BitFenix has to say about today's reviewed Ronin mid tower case. Very aggressive PR material, but that's the way we got used too. Strong and bold claims, however the case has to live up to the hype created around it. Let us pop the box and discover what the Ronin is really made of...
Summary: The BitFenix Ronin shares a few elements with the Shinobi when it comes to the interior of the case, so some may call the Ronin its spiritual successor. The Ronin is currently available for pre-order at 79.99 euros, which seems adequate. While it is more expensive than the Shinobi or the Midgard II, it does offer more features and solid build quality.
Pros: Cool internal cover for a beautiful system, Updated hard-drive cages for even easier to install 3.5" drives, Tool-less 5.25" bays, Very good cable-hiding possibilities., Two retail Spectre fans included, Black cables everywhere—even the fan leads are black, 5.25" to 3.5" adapter included, Great water-cooling support for a chassis of this size, SofTouch surface, Dust filter on all intake areas, Well-rounded I/O, Two hard-drive cages
Cons: Tool-less 5.25" bays do not hold well, Front and top air vents are restrictive, Front dust filters not easily removable, Bottom dust filter could come off during transport, No color choices yet
Conclusion: BitFenix have quite a solid reputation for their chassis products, they’ve always offered some really nice quality designs that don’t cost the earth, just take a look at the BitFenix Prodigy for example. The Ronin looks set to continue that trend of high quality design at a reasonable price and it will be interesting to see what BitFenix have to offer.
Pros: The SofTouch finish and Steal Cover are nice features that standout from the competition., Build quality is robust throughout., Fully removable HDD bays are always welcome., Support for water cooling and extra fans, but I’m really glad BitFenix remembered to include an extra dust filter., Good cable management throughout.
Cons: Top panel USB ports looked a little rough around the edges., The Stealth Cover can be a little tough to remove at times.
Conclusion: Writing a negative product review for AnandTech is very different from, say, writing a negative movie review or a negative video game review. It's not a task I particularly enjoy, especially not when the product comes from a company like BitFenix that we've developed a good working relationship with. Historically I've been very fond of BitFenix's products, and they've been gracious enough to provide hardware for testing whenever we've needed it.
Summary: The Bitfenix Ronin Case is a sweet mid-tower case with lots of features. It has a smooth black finish, lots of ventilation, fans, dust filters, plenty of drive bays, large window, sleek design & water cooling ready. It also fits long video cards, has cable management, tool-less design and much more.
Summary: The stealth cover offers something I've never seen in a case that wasn't custom fabricated, and i think this will appeal to select group. If you're in the market for a sleek and unique case, then this will be right up your alley.
Pros: Stealth Cover, SofTouch surface treatment, FlexCage, Support for a 240mm rad, Sleek look
Cons: Cable routing holes had no grommets. Front dust filters are a pain to remove.