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BitFenix Shinobi XL Window White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

  • Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower
  • 1 x SuperCharge, 4 x USB 3.0, HD Audio Front Ports
  • 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 7 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Learn more about the BitFenix Co. Ltd. BFC-SNX-500-WWW1-RP

Model

Brand
BitFenix
Series
Shinobi XL
Model
BFC-SNX-500-WWW1-RP

Spec

Type
ATX Full Tower
Color
Black / White
Case Material
Steel / Plastic
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX, XL-ATX, E-ATX
With Side Panel Window
Yes

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
5
External 3.5" Drive Bays
No
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
7
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
8 (using 3.5" drive bays and 5.25" adapter)
Expansion Slots
9

Front Ports

Front Ports
1 x SuperCharge, 4 x USB 3.0, HD Audio

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm Rear Fan
230mm Fans
1 x 230mm Front Fan
1 x 230mm Top Fan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
22.44" x 9.65" x 21.93"

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jeremy R.
  • 2/22/2014 6:15:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood Idea... Bad execution

Pros: Looks great. And its one of the few cases around that has 4 USB 3.0 ports on the front. Lots of tiedown points and lots of room in the back of the case for fairly easy cable management. Pretty decent airflow and quiet fans.

Cons: Oh where to begin...

This case had quality control problems left and right. first problem I had with it was every time I tried to move cables around through the cable management holes the rubber protectors would fall off and slide down the cord. So I would have to stop and put them back on, just to have them fall off again. I'd think about leaving them off but I didn't like the idea of my cords rubbing up against what was a fairly sharp edge that the rubber protector was covering. Ok, no real big deal, probably wouldn't even deduct an egg for that one.

Second big issue I had was the design of the hard drive bays. At first when I looked at it I thought it was a cool design. And if your just mounting SSDs then its fine. But trying to get a HDD into one of those docks is just a nightmare. I thought I was just doing it wrong so I had a buddy who builds computers for a living look at it, and after 40 minutes of tinkering we finally got the HDD into place. Just bad design. - 1 egg

The big glaring issue I had was with the 5.25" bays. they come with what is supposed to be an extremely easy way to install the drives. The theory is, all you should have to do is press a button, push the drive in, and then push the button again and it will lock the drive in place. That would work fine IF, they hadn't had tightened down the screws so tightly/used the wrong size of screws, that 75% of the screws were sticking out so far the drive couldn't go past them. So you try to unscrew the screws a little to get it past them. About that time the locking mechanism fell off because the screw had been tightened down so tightly that the plastic was broken. I ended up just pulling off the locking mechanisms and using the old school method of 4 screws to hold in the drive. it shouldn't take much time to check for things like this... and that is just a huge mistake on quality control's part. -2 eggs

Other Thoughts: Only get this case if you HAVE to have a case with 4 USB 3.0 ports. or don't mind dealing with some quality control issues here and there.

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  • Benjamin C.
  • 12/15/2013 7:39:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice case

Pros: roomy. nice big fans included. windows. smoooth surface. disc drives and HDDs pop into their respective bays easily. SSD screws into drive slider just fine. doors held in with thumb screws.

Cons: cable grommets fall out easy.

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  • Justin W.
  • 10/16/2013 10:30:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRoomy and tool less

Pros: Roomy, Tool less install for a majority of parts, filters and great ventilation.

Cons: Rubber fittings that go on the cable entry point should be a bit more solid as they fall out way too easy. This is the only con I found for this case. So -1 egg for that since it's been a known issue.

Other Thoughts: I am very happy with this case, it gives me plenty of room for future upgrades and leaves me with plenty of work space. Bitfenix makes great cases looks and quality (just fix those rubber fittings)

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  • James W.
  • 6/28/2013 3:39:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsVery happy with this case

Pros: This case is really lightweight for how large it is. Some other full towers I've tried were heavy before I even put components inside, which makes them nearly impossible to move.

Having never ordered a BitFenix product, I didn't know what to expect. I am extremely pleased with the construction of this case. From the materials to the craftsmanship, it really is an A+ case.

The fans that adorn the front and top of this case are HUGE. It was difficult to tell by the pictures - and I'm honestly not even sure what size fans they are - but they are intense. I was going to switch the stock fans out for something else, but I've decided to leave it as it is.

Cons: It may be that I haven't installed actual hard drives into them yet, but the empty drive bays don't all stay in their slots very well. A couple toward the center actually just fall right out, but like I said, I'm assuming it's because there aren't drives in them yet. Consult other reviews and see if others have had problems with the drive bays. I am probably going to put some kind of drive blackplane into this case so it won't be an issue for me.

Other Thoughts: This case DOES come with a 3.5" to 5.25" bay adapter (it's white.) I did not realize this when I ordered the case or I may have purchased a different media card reader. I am still ok with the 5.25" media card reader I ultimately purchased.

My main suggestion is to have patience when you are building your computer. Instead of ordering all the parts at once, get this case first and feel things out. I'm going to probably do a little bit of watercooling (CPU only) and I'm glad that I waited purchasing anything until I had the case.

Now that I can see and measure all of the different areas with free room, I can easily purchase the watercooling parts I need. Had I tried to measure it "online," I'm sure I would have been sending things back or jimmy rigging it.

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  • Jason L.
  • 4/12/2013 1:22:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMostly impressive.

Pros: The case itself is a great example of simplicity and why cases don't necessarily need to look like a race car or spaceship to get the job done. Plenty of space to install anything and everything you need inside with plenty of additional room to spare.

Cons: The airflow design still needs some work. Why install a 230mm case fan in the front and then restrict the airflow by blocking it with a large section of plastic on the front bezel? For proper airflow the area in front of this intake should be a lot more open than it currently is. Perhaps BitFenix will get it right in the next model?

Other Thoughts: With the intake airflow being a bit restricted on the front of the case, this case goes well with watercooling setups. Ordered and installed a Corsair H80i to go along with this case. The install was easy inside the roomy case and it reduced the noise from the fans spinning up more than necessary. :)

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  • Matthew W.
  • 3/21/2013 12:45:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case!

Pros: The plastic feels so unique... its like... soft... i built my first pc with this and i love it. looks great and easy to install everything. good cable management too. Comes with wire ties and graspers. VERY quiet and good airflow. Couldn't be happier. I put some aftermarket blue led strips in there too and it lights up awesomely B)

Cons: The screwless hard drive and disc drive bays are kind of... weird... i couldn't get em right... but its not really a con because you can use traditional screws with no problem at all. you can do either or.

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  • Philip G.
  • 1/8/2013 8:31:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsShinobi XL White!!!

Pros: Awesome case, plenty of space to work with, real clean and simple. Suits my every need will have this case for a LONG while!

Cons: Would have gave 5 eggs but i was missing all the hardware, floppy drive cage.... how am i supposed to mount my hardware??? I contacted bitfenix about it and waiting to see what there gonna do about it, its not neweggs fault because the box was sealed!

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  • Michael M.
  • 11/16/2012 3:01:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good case.

Pros: Good quality, very spacious, well-known layout, soft-touch plastic panels are surprisingly "soft", the top panel is actually decent, supports water cooling, and plenty of room for air cooling. It comes with a half-decent 2.5"/3.5" to 5" adapter, and the cable management is workable.

The biggest "Pro" for me is that this case is one of the few "enthusiast" level cases that's not shaped like an ostentatious piece of spaceship that houses a hyper-drive. I was purposefully looking for something understated, and it was difficult. It fits the bill well; simple, soft white color, with subtle styling. If it wasn't for the front emblem you might mistake it for HAL 9000's sister - which I love.

Cons: The two cons I can think of immediately is that the bottom panel can support either a 1x 120mm fan or 2x 120mm fans. However, if you leave the HDD cages in then you can only fit one fan as the cage sits directly where the second fan would go. The second is that the included manual sucks hard. It's all vague pictures with fewer words than a Dr. Seuss story.

Oh, and one minor Con: The plastic panels are surprisingly difficult to pull off. They do just lift off, but I needed some good leverage and felt like I was going to break them at first. Once I successfully yanked one off and knew how much force was required it wasn't that bad, but I was sure there were catches or a latch I needed to unlock first. Nope!

Other Thoughts: Luckily the case layout and accessories are familiar enough that the bad manual isn't much of a detriment. The sole exception is the tool-free system for holding things in the 5" bays. Here's how you do it: You slide it in, push the buttons on either side "in", then while pushing the buttons in you slide them in opposite directions. It can be done one at a time, but you push in and slide one forward, then push in and slide one backward.

As the other review said, there is a single screw missing for mATX boards (not a standoff, but a screw to hold it down). I didn't feel it compromised anything.

The cable management system can be tight. My PSU's meshed cables fit through, but I dragged some of the rubber grommets out with them at first. With that said, a little bit of forethought and it should be OK. There's also plenty of cable-tie areas on the back of the plate so you can get everything as flat as possible.

Overall I'm quite happy with the case.

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  • Michael K.
  • 10/3/2012 3:30:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest full tower for the $

Pros: Where to start? The simplicity of the design allows for not much to go wrong. Simple can be a negative thing to some people, but it's truly the strength of the design and aesthetic. No gimmicks, no chintzy plastic, no over-thought design elements. Every material is of very high quality, and the SofTouch treatment on the plastic parts feels akin to supple leather. The fan mounting options for extreme air cooling are huge. Three 120s on the front, three 120s on the roof, and 120 in the rear. You get access to an additional two 120s on the bottom if you remove the HDD tray (screws, not rivets, yay!). That means 360mm rad up top, 360mm rad in the front, and a 120mm rad in the rear for you watercooling folks. The side panel window is of very high quality. I've had a number of these, and all were scratched up within a month of use (and I am very careful with my rigs). It's been 3 months now and it looks brand new.

Cons: The front panel is restrictive, which makes me wonder why they would include a fan that has horrible pressure ratings (meaning it doesn't work well when restricted) as a stock option. The upside to this is that you get reduced noise coming from the case. First order of business for this case if you want to increase airflow is getting a good set of high static pressure fans for the front. The lack of modular drive bays is somewhat upsetting to those who may want to use a radiator in the front and top while retaining some mechanical HDD mounting options. As a person who only uses SSDs in workstations, this wasn't a dealbreaker for me.

Other Thoughts: Modular drive bays would make this *the* full tower case to have. That tech adds cost though, and for the price, it can't be beat. The watercooling ability allowed me to put a 360mm rad up top and a 240 mm (80mm thick) rad in the front to cool my 3820 and GTX690. I go through cases faster than anyone I know, and this has kept me happier than any case before it, outshining some $200-400 high end cases.

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