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.
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. People looking for a good water-cooling enclosure are definitely going to want to check it out, as the case is capable of supporting a cumulative 1080x120mm of radiators.
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.
Excerpt: BitFenix is a company that over time has come up with some really great designs and additional components for cases since I have got to know them. As far as chassis design goes, the Colossus, Outlaw, Raider, Survivor and even the Shinobi were all great cases in their own right and always delivered a style that sets BitFenix apart from quite a few of the other manufacturers who just seem to be slapping together the same thing time and time again.
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. In our opinion, its price tag is correct for the features it brings. Of course, you can pick a more affordable case if you are not building a PC with three or four video cards.
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. The Shinobi is placed in a market segment where unique functionality is secondary to price. In other words: the case has to look cool and carry a good price tag.
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 filter on all intakes at case underside, 5.25 to 3.5 inch adapter included, Screwless ODD and 3.5" HDD system, Plenty of zip ties and other parts to keep things clean within t...
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 bay or fan controller
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. Their newest product, the Shinobi XL, retains the Shinobi mid tower series’ iconic design but it has upsized to full tower status.
Excerpt: “”We've taken our battle-proven Shinobi design and expanded it, creating a roomy, feature-packed full tower enclosure that will not only turn heads, but take them clean off. The larger size enables you to outfit your Shinobi XL with the latest fear-inducing hardware, including XL-ATX motherboards and the longest graphics cards. Shinobi XL can accommodate up to two 360mm radiators, making it ideal for water cooling enthusiasts.