Summary: BitFenix Shinobi XL Case is a full tower case that has lots of room to work and is a watercooling dream! It's affordable, looks great, has lots of fans and more can be installed, plenty of drive bays, cable management and so much more.
Conclusion: We had high hopes for the Shinobi XL, but ultimately it fell down quite dramatically in our testing. Exterior build quality is reasonable, and there’s lots of room inside in which to build a system, but poor HDD fittings inside the case spoil the show.
BitFenix Shinobi XL Case Review: Something is Lost in the Process
26 June 2012
Conclusion: Let me first come clean and say the BitFenix Shinobi XL is by no means a bad enclosure. Performance is at least reasonably competitive, and while it doesn't achieve Corsair levels of ease of assembly, it's nowhere near as difficult as some of the more elaborate Lian Li and SilverStone cases can be.
Excerpt: As a company BitFenix is the new kid on the block, but they have put out some very nice cases. One of those is a midtower by the name of Shinobi . BitFenix has now taken the original design of the Shinobi expanded and tweaked it into a full tower called the Shinobi XL.
Summary: Ever since I received my Colossus from BitFenix, it never ceases to amaze me the things they think up and design. More directly trying the XL we just looked at, the original Shinobi was a win on the outside, but looking back now, the inside of the chassis as well as the feature set wasn't all that...
Summary: The Bitfenix Shinobi XL is a very nice option if you are looking for a full-tower case supporting XL-ATX motherboards and are building a PC with three or four dual-slot video cards. It looks nice, and it brings all the features you are probably looking for.
Pros: Top-notch finishing, Support for XL-ATX motherboards, Nine expansion slots, Vented slot covers, Expansion cards are fastened using thumbscrews, Air filter for the front, bottom, and power supply fans, USB charger port with 2.5 A limit, Support for eight hard drives or SSDs, Anti-vibration mechani...
Cons: Need to remove the hard drive cage to install the second 120 mm bottom fan
Summary: The BitFenix Shinobi chassis has been a great success, spawning not only a white version, but also the ability to create your own case with a wide range of color elements and logo parts. Besides the fact, that the Shinobi XL is bigger, there is one fundamental difference though.
Pros: Extremely roomy chassis for the size, XL-ATX support, 30+ mm space for cable routing, 360 + 360 + 240 mm radiator supported in one chassis, 4x USB 3.0 ports with USB 2.0 connectivity build into the cable, USB SuperCharge port with dedicated power delivery, HDD cage can be turned 90 degrees, Dust ...
Cons: Loose HDD trays - ones with 2.5 inch drives cannot be secured properly, ODD locking mechanism still leaves some wiggle room, When using all spots for radiators, you will be left with only two 5.25 inch bays, Air flow of front fan limited due to design, Lacks of functional features like hot-swap b...
Summary: I must admit to falling for the BitFenix Shinobi XL, maybe that’s because I’m a bit of a sucker for full tower, white cases with massive amounts of room inside making your build nice and easy, whilst proving great water cooling support!
Excerpt: BitFenix may be one of the newest kids on the block within the enclosure market but they’ve quickly become a player that’s respected for good build quality, fair pricing and innovative features.