BitFenix Shinobi XL Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅30-03-12
Clearance CPU, GPU, WC, Cable Management

Clearance inside a chassis is essential to enthusiasts, in this section we will be looking at all areas to reveal just how flexible Shinobi XL really is.

First up the CPU Cooler inside Shinobi XL there is inches of space before the top of the cooler touches the side panel. Pictured is the popular Noctua NH-D14 which is 160mm in height. Shinobi XL will accommodate all current air coolers on the market.


Lots of clearance for big CPU coolers


Over at the graphics card region we have a similar story to tell. There is lots of clearance here too, pictured is the NVIDIA GTX 480 which is 11 in length. Furthermore the HDD cage can be removed if the graphics card is too long but there is actually up to 12 of clearance here.


Clearance high-end graphics cards


Being such a large chassis and having designated spots for water-cooling the Shinobi has good clearance in this area too. At the top of the chassis with the top cooling fan removed there is sufficient space for a 60mm thick water-cooling radiator to fit. Pictured is the Phobya G Charger 240. There are even more options at the front of the chassis for installing a 240 radiator since the HDD cage is removable.


Water-cooling options within Shinobi XL



A clear 3 of space between motherboard and top of chassis


Finally behind the motherboard tray there is up to 3.5cm of clearance which provides more than sufficient space for keeping good cable management practise. This is actually one of the most generous cases for clearance in this area.


Huge clearance behind the motherboard tray


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