The Shinobi XL can be purchased from Overclockers UK for £104.99, while the window edition I reviewed today is £129.95. This is obviously expensive, but when you consider the grade of system it is designed to house, it’s likely going to be one of the cheaper components of your build. It’s priced alongside the CM HAF 932, NZXT Switch 810 and Thermaltake T81, to name but a few, all of which are similar spec and size full-towers, so it really boils down to which best suits your own taste.
The Shinobi Window XL is an incredible chassis, designed for extreme performance systems that have no room for compromise. If you’re planning on building an ultra high-end gaming rig or workstation, you’ll find this chassis be well suited to the task. It’s capable of housing a high-end water cooling setup, with radiators in the top, front, back and bottom of the chassis. Air cooled builds will certainly benefit from the high-quality pre-installed fans and there’s certainly room for even more fans if you needed extra airflow. The chassis is equipped with dust filters on all major intakes and the thick panels will go a long way to reducing any excess noise and vibration from your build.
It’s a great looking chassis, not only in terms of general design, but also thanks to the stunning SofTouch finish on the front and top panels. Even for a huge chassis, the black panels manage to give it a somewhat understated look, although only about as understated as a tank would look if you painted it midnight black.
Chassis modders will love what’s on offer here, as the storage bays are full removable and there’s a huge bank of 5.25″ drive bays, no doubt well suited to front panel water cooling reservoirs and fan control devices. The side panel window can be popped out, allowing for easy modification and there’s more room behind the motherboard than you’ll typical find on most chassis.
- Huge amount of space on the interior
- Room for multiple high-end graphics cards
- Extensive radiator and fan mounts
- Three high-quality fans pre-installed
- Capable of holding vast amounts of storage devices
- Spacious cable management space behind motherboard
- Dust filters on all major intakes
- Removable side-panel window
- SofTouch finish on top and front panel
- Rock solid build quality
- 2.5A charging port
- Dual USB 3.0 headers (4 x USB 3.0 on front panel)
“The BitFenix Shinobi Window XL may be big and expensive, but it’s certainly impressive. If you’re planning on building an enthusiast grade system with no compromises, then you’ll be very happy with how capable this chassis is.”
Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this sample.