Thursday, January 19th 2012

BitFenix Introduces the Shinobi XL Full Tower Case

Since its release in April 2011, the BitFenix Shinobi has proven to be our most popular chassis design yet. Today, BitFenix is proud to introduce a bigger and badder follow up to this classic design - Shinobi XL. Packing XL-ATX compatibility, superior flexibility, and an all-new SuperCharge™ port, Shinobi XL is a deadly new entry in the full tower segment.

"Since the introduction of our original Shinobi, fans have been writing in and posting in forums asking for a larger version," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "Boasting all new features and nearly limitless flexibility for modders and water cooling enthusiasts alike, Shinobi XL is a lot more than just a size update - it's a complete revamp."


On the outside, Shinobi XL borrows the same battle-proven design that has made Shinobi a classic. Everything from the meshed fan vents and brushed aluminum logo to the signature BitFenix SofTouch surface treatment is faithfully reproduced. But one step closer reveals an entirely different warrior. Like its name suggests, Shinobi XL can accommodate XL-ATX motherboards with nine PCI slots for even the most extreme setups. On top, users are treated to four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, as well as a new innovation - the BitFenix SuperCharge port. This port is specifically designed for charging mobile devices, offering up to 2.5A of current for fast charging.

The stealthiest warriors need to have ice running through their veins, which is why Shinobi XL is designed with water cooling in mind. Inside, users will find the BitFenix FlexCage hard disk rack which can be either rotated or removed entirely for optimum flexibility. Once removed, Shinobi XL can accommodate a host of water cooling equipment, including a 360 mm radiator on top, a 360 mm radiator in front, or a 240 mm radiator on the bottom right out of the box. If air cooling is more your speed, Shinobi XL has you covered with two 230 mm and one 120 mm BitFenix Spectre fan included. Multiple fan locations are also built in, allowing users to outfit Shinobi XL with up to three 230 mm, one 140 mm, or nine 120 mm fans for keeping your components cool in any situation.

Working with your system should be a no-nonsense affair, so Shinobi XL comes with an assortment of friendly features to get you off the workbench and into battle as quickly as possible. Tool-free drive locking mechanisms make it easy to secure your drives, while a large CPU cooler cutout allows users to swap out CPU coolers without removing the motherboard. Shinobi XL offers a bevy of cable management features including over 3 cm of space behind the motherboard tray, and rubber grommets to protect your cables and reduce air turbulence inside the chassis. Removable dust filters on all air intakes make cleanup a breeze and anti-vibration pads help absorb vibrations from the power supply. To top things off, the included 5.25" drive bay adapter allows you to install additional hard disks, SSDs, or card readers, making Shinobi XL a dream to work with.

BitFenix Shinobi XL will be available on store shelves beginning March 2012 with an estimated MSRP of €139 (incl. 19% VAT) in the EU and $149 in North America.
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14 Comments on BitFenix Introduces the Shinobi XL Full Tower Case

#1
hanzi
Wow! Guess my wish came true, for the first time! :rockout:
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#2
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Nice, and a good price to match. Do want. Love the clean looks.
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#3
arnoo1
nice case!
me wants window!
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#4
copenhagen69
didnt think you were suppose to release this info before the 20th?

that is what my PR said ...
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#5
Grings
Best case they have made yet, i really like that top panel, plenty of room for a thick rad up there.
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#6
Vancha
by: jsfitz54
I really like this case except for locating the front USB ports on the floor.

I am OK with the power button location but not the USB and Audio, they need to go at the top.

Who wants to kick a thumb drive by accident and break things???
Are you mistaking the front of the case for it's bottom or something?
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#7
Depth
by: jsfitz54
DUH!
So the DVD player goes into the floor? That seems a bit odd

Anyway here's a picture of the underside for you. Hmmm no rubber feet. This would scrape up the floor.

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#8
gman99
You guys think this case is pretty good quality? I mean does the steel gauge is on par with say Antec stuff? Just wondering if anybody had any cases from these guys.
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#9
Vancha
by: jsfitz54
DUH!
You're right. I shouldn't have asked, I should have stated. "You are mistaking the front of the case for it's bottom".
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#10
jsfitz54
by: Vancha
You're right. I shouldn't have asked, I should have stated. "You are mistaking the front of the case for it's bottom".
Mea Culpa!!!
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#11
BlackOmega
Nice case. I was pretty surprised with the Merc Alpha I used for my last build. Overall a decent case. Love that they supplied all of the hardware necessary and that it was all painted black. Cable management was decent.
My only gripe with the merc Alpha was the lack of rubber grommets for the HDD. As soon as it spun up it was VERY audible. It's like the sound resonated throughout the case.
However, for the price, hard to beat.

This Shinobi case looks really nice. I may use it for my next build.
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#12
copenhagen69
by: copenhagen69
didnt think you were suppose to release this info before the 20th?

that is what my PR said ...
:eek:
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#13
micropage7
by: arnoo1
nice case!
me wants window!
yep agree, wheres the windowed version?:shadedshu
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#14
tedy
does it have 5,25 to 3,5'' external bay converter?
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