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  • IvanChess - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    I know bottom mounted PSUs are all the rage but with two front 120s, a top mounted PSU would let this case have an intake inline with the CPU and another intake inline with the GPU. I wonder if that would help the thermals. Reply
  • Impulses - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    That's one thing I like about the cheap Thermaltake M9 I'm using... PSU is in the traditional top location and the drive bays are ALL actually 5.25" bays top to bottom, it comes with a 3.5" drive cage that you can slide into any three of the 5.25" bays (or was it two, I forget) and the same cage mounts a 120mm fan up front...

    So I put a DVD burner and card reader up top in line with the PSU, and directly below those I placed the 3.5" drive cage with a fan, and no drives. Hence, I've got a 120mm intake there that blows right across the memory and into my tower HSF, which blows directly unto an exhaust.

    I mounted my SSD into a 5.25" bay with a 2.5" to 5.25" adapter (holds two drives so I have the option of going RAID eventually), and I slapped my 3.5" data HDD unto a foam slab on the case floor on the last 5.25" bay, held in place with velcro straps (something I've been doing for years to decouple drives and minimize noise, works better than any grommets or stock soft mount).

    I thought about getting another cage for an intake fan for the GPUs but instead I used the lower fan mount on the stock windowed panel of my case, which paces the fan right by the CF GPU's intakes anyway... Air travels in sort of an L from there thru the back GPU exhausts but it does that anyway within the heatshroud, so a front intake wouldn't be any more direct.
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  • Impulses - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    Nice review, but I don't understand why you chose to test it with the 3.5" drive where you did... It's a budget case, so most people are probably not gonna run SLI/CF on it, and you weren't doing so either so there was no need to have the hard drive blocking all airflow. Having in any of the lower slots would probably lead to significantly lower temps overall. Between that and no side intake or top exhaust (i understand they aren't included), it just seems like you decided to test the worst possible configuration imaginable. If I was BitFenix I definitely wouldn't be pleased... Reply
  • Impulses - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    If you move the intake fan to the higher mounting position and/or place the hard drive in one of the bottom bays it'd definitely run cooler overall (looks like some airflow would leak to the top thru the gap left between the GPU and the bays), the hard drive wouldn't interfere with SLI/CF there and it's not gonna sit in a dead hot spot with the PSU pulling done air out right next to it.

    If you were to add fans you could just leave the hard drive and intake where they are (to help create two distinct zones), invert the rear fan into an intake, and add a top exhaust. Either way, you literally tested the worst possible configuration... Are we assuming that DIY builders are clueless and can't play around a little with fan/drive placement?

    Don't get me wrong, the review was great overall, typical Anandtech (you go into way more detail about the product than 95% of sites out there), but I definitely find the tested config to be a poor choice.
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  • Dustin Sklavos - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    The reason why I tested it in this configuration was partly because it made the cabling a bit easier, but also because I deliberately did...maybe not want to handicap it necessarily...but produce a less than ideal scenario so that we could see how it might perform under those circumstances. Sort of like saying "this is as bad as it'll get." Even our thermal tests are a worst case scenario by running Prime95 and FurMark in tandem.

    I don't think the Shinobi performed that badly, either, honestly. The Antec Sonata IV was a disappointment; working with the Shinobi was a delight and with enough fans (and the right fans), it could be a stellar cool-and-quiet enclosure. I keep seriously considering moving my rig from my Corsair 600T into the Shinobi actually just because of how much I like how it looks and how easy it is to work with.
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  • Lunyone - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    I haven't read the other case reviews that your referring to, but did you/someone test with a similiar frame of mind (worst configuration possible)?? I hope the other cases were test in the similar way, otherwise I'd consider your methods to be a bit sketchy. I do like the subtle look myself and appreciate a case that is like that (CM 690 anyone?). I have worked with several different types of cases (mostly budget ones) and have grown to like tool-less ones for the most part. I like the way the CM 690 is (comes w/3 fans) and can be found for around $70 on sale. This BitFenix case seems like a pretty well built and if priced right will be one that I might purchase in the future. If this case can sell for around $50 on sale than I can see this flying off the shelves! Reply
  • Dustin Sklavos - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    Part of the problem is that other enclosures can't really be handicapped as badly in this way either. I suggested to the BitFenix rep that the drive cages be rotated laterally, which would effiectively eliminate the clearance issue that blocks some of the airflow.

    In retrospect I do think I was a bit too harsh in testing this one, and part of that was in wanting to push it as hard as I could. I may wind up revisiting it in the future, as like I said before I'm very fond of what BitFenix has done here. This is a classy case and I don't doubt it can perform better than it did in this review and I'd be more than comfortable in recommending it. The windowless version sells for $59: you sacrifice the hard drive clamps and the side window (with vent), but at $59 I have a hard time thinking of a better deal.
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  • Zoomer - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    How about adding the Antec 300? It routinely sells for under $50; I got mine for $35. You'll have too add fans to the front though. Reply
  • dac7nco - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    OK Dustin,

    I'll BUY you the BitFennix Shinobi, including shipping, with some nice quiet fans. You can send me your 600T in return.

    Daimon
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  • iuqiddis - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    Is there any chance you can change the fan configuration or add a fan and redo some of the thermals? I'd be very curious to see whether inclusion of an extra fan would make a noticeable difference. Thanks. Reply
  • superpenguino - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - link

    I formally second this proposal. Reply
  • StevePeters - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    After going back and re-reading the In-Win BUC review I saw that it had an additional case fan. For the temperature results to be meaningful I really think a 'case as supplied' and a 'case with a standard fan configuration' is needed.
    After the praise for the ease of the build with BitFenix, I really do not understand why you needed to disadvantage their thermals as you did. I would really like to see bast configuration, not worst configuration comparisions for the results to be useful.
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  • Dustin Sklavos - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    The BUC has an additional case fan that ships WITH the case. It comes with two mounted and then they give you a third one that you can mount anywhere. Reply
  • cjs150 - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    By Fractal Designs Midi/Min arc admittedly at a higher price point

    Spending a bit extra on a case pays dividends.

    After saying that I like Betfenix. More competition in case design is a good thing
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  • Zoomer - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    Any idea how thick the steel panels are? Comments on structural stability / solidity?

    I hope the rubbery plastic doesn't make it hard to clean dust off it.
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  • JohnMD1022 - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    I can't understand the use of such photos when a few seconds work would make them viewable.

    I used PhotoShop Elements 2.0,

    To see what the interior of this case actually looks like, here's the result of less than 15 seconds with the Brightness/Contrast variables:

    http://www.picpaste.com/s-internal-1-ridRiit0.jpg
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  • maxg - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - link

    More like a lousy computer monitor... Your display must be getting old or not set up properly. The article's photos look just fine on all three of my displays, and your "fixed" version, umm, well, just looks bright and grey with poor contrast. Reply
  • DaveSimmons - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    I'd really like to see an update where you show the noise and temperature when the HDD is placed more sensibly. Reply
  • Mumrik - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - link

    It looks horribly cheap in these pictures and I hate all these half-assed windows we're seing lately, but at least it got the drive bays right. Three 5.25" bays should be three times as many as most need and eight 3½" bays is awesome. So many higher end cases only have six or less. Reply
  • Dustin Sklavos - Thursday, June 23, 2011 - link

    Honestly the texture of the plastic used for the build really needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. I've seen cheap-looking cases, and the Shinobi isn't one. Reply
  • 7Enigma - Thursday, June 23, 2011 - link

    I have to agree with the other comments. Testing a worst-case scenario is extremely useful, but for a very small percentage of the target market at this budget level. There has to also be a test done at a more reasonable build configuration. I think reasonable build in this day and age is 1 SSD drive (boot), 1 large mechanical HDD (storage), and one optical drive. I'd wager >80% of the potential buyers of this case have that (or less with only a single large mechanical HDD) to install. Seriously man there are 8 drive bays! Very few if anyone is going to use 6, let alone all 8.

    I get it, it's extra work to retest with a slightly different configuration, but I believe to only test in worst case it unfairly showed this product that otherwise seems to be a great value for the money. So here is my recommendation:

    -Standard testing (as mentioned above: 1 GPU, 1SSD, 1 HDD, 1 optical drive)

    -Torture testing (2 GPU's in SLI/Xfire, 1 SSD, X HDD, 2 optical drives), where X is the number to fill the drive bays for the particular case.

    For the torture test you HAVE TO ACTUALLY FILL THE BAYS! Just placing a few components in the worst airflow locations isn't accurately showing how the case behaves in a full build, it artificially kind of mimics what *might* happen, but isn't a real representation.

    Please consider my comments and I want to clarify that I thought your review was fantastic. I just want to see the testing a bit more complete.

    Cheers.
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  • bhima - Thursday, June 23, 2011 - link

    Pretty darn nice noise levels. I wonder how this stacks up to an Antec 900. I still think you need to review the Antec 900 since its possibly the most popular case designed and it has been copied by most of the other vendors. Reply
  • MeanBruce - Thursday, June 23, 2011 - link

    If I was 15 years old, this would be my case of choice, how stupid, at least Bitfenix is finding their market. Reply
  • inspire2 - Friday, June 24, 2011 - link

    The case looks good. The $70 price point is pretty competitive these days. It might be interesting to do a case roundup.

    I'd probably still lean towards the CM HAF 912 in this price range. This is at least a nice looking alternative.
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  • benn - Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - link

    I have been looking at this case and does anyone know if it will fit the h100i without moding the case using the fans as an intake? Reply

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