BitFenix Shinobi XL Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅30-03-12

With the packaging out of the way we can take a good close up look at the various aspects of Shinobi XL’s external elements starting with the front and back.

The front is simply an extended version of the original case with even more 5.25” drive bays – 5 in total. BitFenix have again used SofTouch surface treatment to give it a matt finish, there is a BitFenix metallic logo in the very centre and mesh strips run down the indentions on either side. These mesh strips are removable and different coloured versions can be purchase to give the case that unique look.

Around the back – at the bottom there is space for mounting a PSU. Above this are 9x PCI expansion slot covers each with ventilation mesh. Above there is a 120mm rear exhaust fan and mounting holes to upgrade to a 140mm fan for those who want to go bigger. At the very top of the case there are 4x rubber grommets for feeding water-cooling tubes in and out of Shinobi XL.

NOTE: Front and top panels can be removed by simply pulling apart.

The front and back of Shinobi XL

Turning our attention to the front panel which resides at the top, towards the front – here we have an assortment of ports and buttons. We have:

• 1x Supercharge USB (yellow) – up to 2.5A to charge different devices
• 4x USB 3.0 ports (blue) – via the motherboard header
• Headphone and microphone jacks
• Large power button and smaller reset button

The front panel includes even more USB ports including a supercharge

The top panel on Shinobi XL is removable and features a large mesh section and underneath BitFenix have included a large 230mm cooling fan.

Removable top panel

Finally, onto the underside – here we have 4x rubber feet, a removable dust filter for the PSU and dual fan filters for bottom mounted cooling fans which are optional (not included).

The underside of Shinobi XL

On the next page we will delve inside Shinobi XL and discover what features lie within.

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