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BitFenix Shinobi Review

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Xir 5th August 2011, 10:15 Quote
Not using the ATX design harm this case, it clearly needs the extra air movement the PSU would generate.

So the 7pound+ version with an extra fan, toolless extras and a window would be the one to test, maybe you can tell bitfenix that. ;)
It could be very interesting as a "quiet" build and the price is good.

Thanks for including a picture of the top and of the bottom fan filter. The front intakes (with filters) would have been interesting though.
Also: are the drive bays "Stealthed"? or just the remove before use variant?
Sarakon 5th August 2011, 10:24 Quote
I like this case. For a fairly cheap case it has nice features. All you need to do is add some more fans :) (and pay that 7 pound extra)
Nikols 5th August 2011, 10:31 Quote
Whats the story with this article and the cpc awards article loading up fine on iPhone then blacking out the text when the page is finishing loading. Does not happen on any other articles! Hope it's not some cheap ploy to try and get me to buy the bit-tech app!?
RedFlames 5th August 2011, 10:58 Quote
is it possible to mount the PSU 'upside down' [so the fan is pointing up and not hoovering dust off the floor]?

looks wise I'd rather go with this than the One Hundred, though [even though it's not perfect] I'd still probably opt for the 300 over both of them...
[PUNK] crompers 5th August 2011, 11:12 Quote
of the three though i think this is the best looking, really nice looking case imo, just a shame it doesn't ship with more. by the time you've bought two decent fans its £70.
Claave 5th August 2011, 11:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nikols
Whats the story with this article and the cpc awards article loading up fine on iPhone then blacking out the text when the page is finishing loading. Does not happen on any other articles! Hope it's not some cheap ploy to try and get me to buy the bit-tech app!?

I thought it was just me, but I've asked our dev to look into it. And I think forcing people to change their phones just to buy the bit-tech app (only for Android) is a bit much. It's not like we even get commission on new Android sales! :b
KiNETiK 5th August 2011, 11:27 Quote
Can we have a review of the Corsair 650d yet :)?
Jamie 5th August 2011, 11:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nikols
Whats the story with this article and the cpc awards article loading up fine on iPhone then blacking out the text when the page is finishing loading. Does not happen on any other articles! Hope it's not some cheap ploy to try and get me to buy the bit-tech app!?

Yes that is an issue (the app isn't available on iPhone). I don't have time to look at it now sorry.
dominic* 5th August 2011, 12:38 Quote
Fractal Arc Midi is better looking and has better cooling.
SolidShot 5th August 2011, 12:42 Quote
typical bit pheonix - ship a case that requires you to go out and spend loads on more fans. Exactly the same with the colossus...
Jehla 5th August 2011, 13:47 Quote
It's a shame you did not take some results with some fans added in. I like the fact they don't chuck in loads of fans that I'd replace anyway, it's not great for "as shipped" reviews though.
rickysio 5th August 2011, 15:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by SolidShot
typical bit pheonix - ship a case that requires you to go out and spend loads on more fans. Exactly the same with the colossus...

What is this Bit Phoenix you speak of?
Nikols 5th August 2011, 15:26 Quote
[QUOTE=Claave]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nikols
Whats the story with this article and the cpc awards article loading up fine on iPhone then blacking out the text when the page is finishing loading. Does not happen on any other articles! Hope it's not some cheap ploy to try and get me to buy the bit-tech app!?

I thought it was just me, but I've asked our dev to look into it. And I think forcing people to change their phones just to buy the bit-tech app (only for Android) is a bit much. It's not like we even get commission on new Android sales! :b[/QUOTE

Well at least we know who's side of the patent war bitty are on ;-)

Well done, yis made the web browser on my iPhone redundant... Now I'll have to do some work! >:-(
Nikols 5th August 2011, 15:30 Quote
Aargh!! I just tried the might and magic article... I'm like the resident stevie wonder on this site now!!!
B1GBUD 5th August 2011, 18:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nikols
Whats the story with this article and the cpc awards article loading up fine on iPhone then blacking out the text when the page is finishing loading. Does not happen on any other articles! Hope it's not some cheap ploy to try and get me to buy the bit-tech app!?

Ditto here too....
Farfalho 5th August 2011, 22:01 Quote
Well, for people having problems with their phones.... USE THE COMPUTER! =D

Like the case and most of the people here that are prone to like it too may be willing to fork out some extra money to buy some fans. Didn't we get a similar situation with the Fractal R2?
tonyd223 5th August 2011, 22:15 Quote
Is it fair to assume that a large percentage of people are gonna have a spare 120mm fan lying around?

I know it would be a real pain to add one in the testing, but real world, we all got something lying around unused in a box...
wbdog206 5th August 2011, 23:55 Quote
This would be a good case to do a
little modding on.
Pookie 6th August 2011, 10:22 Quote
I remember shinobi on my megadrive :)
slothy89 8th August 2011, 05:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nikols
Whats the story with this article and the cpc awards article loading up fine on iPhone then blacking out the text when the page is finishing loading. Does not happen on any other articles! Hope it's not some cheap ploy to try and get me to buy the bit-tech app!?
Just stop each page just before it finishes. All the images load fine. It seems to load fully, then do a quick refresh and black out. Been doing this for about a week.

For the guy who said use the computer, I'm not dragging my PC with me when I go grab lunch!
Acanuck 4th September 2011, 16:26 Quote
If you're wondering how this case performs with a couple more fans:
I bought this case as a wildcard for my friend's rig, as it seemed to offer a sensible balance of build quality, noise and value for money, as well as being more attractive than the 100. After reading the bit-review, I opted for the windowed version with the extra intake fan: £61 all inc. from Aria.

The case's thermals aren't that much to worry about, with the usual 4.5 GHz 2500K / MSI GD53 / Tranquillo HSF combo, when you pop an old 120mm fan you have lying around in the top of the case: CPU plateaued at 61ºC with Prime95 in a fairly toasty room. The 6870 Vapour-X hits high 70s under gaming.

If you're used to HAF enclosures, there really isn't that much in the way of air movement, but it doesn't seem to bother the hardware, since the tower cooler is sitting 2 cm away from the top/rear fans. Noise-wise at idle: a Mini P180 with all fans on low (with quiet components) could be heard above the Shinobi, sitting right beside it. Another bonus is that a Mini P10 is virtually the same size as this case, yet the latter can house a full-fat ATX mainboard (this is a fairly impressive feat, in my opinion).

The downside of this case: no hard-drive dampening. There is no room whatsoever to put rubber grommets between the metal & the HDD and if you mount the hard drive(s) the way they're meant to, the case is LOUD. I ended up using a 5.25 in.-to-3.5 in. tray with grommets, which came from owning previous Antec cases. Despite lack of cooling, HDD never hits 40ºC.

Finally, the side-window is very tinted, meaning you will need faily intense lighting if you wish to illuminate your hardware.

My conclusion: a well-priced, good-looking, compact and quiet (with DIY HDD dampening) enclosure that can house an ATX mobo.
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