In little less than an year since its introduction, the Shinobi has become one of the most popular PC cases in the industry, so BitFenix has now decided that it’s time to revamp its solution and came up with the redesigned Shinobi XL.
While on the outside, the new chassis may look a lot like the current Shinobi
, on the inside things are a lot different as the upcoming XL has enough room to accommodate XL-ATX motherboards with up to nine PCI slots.
Furthermore, if one needs even more space, BitFenix has designed the Shinobi to feature a 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 360mm radiator on top, a 360mm radiator in front, or a 240mm radiator on the bottom right out of the box.
If water cooling isn’t all that much to your liking and you prefer to go with a plain-old air cooling setup, Shinobi XL has you covered with the two 230mm and one 120mm BitFenix
Spectre fans included.
Multiple fan locations are also built in, allowing users to outfit Shinobi XL with up to three 230mm, one 140mm, or nine 120mm fans.
Other features include tool-free drive installation, a large CPU cooler cutout for swapping CPU coolers, a series of cable management features, removable dust filters, PSU anti-vibration pads, and a 5.25-inch drive bay adapter for installing additional hard disks, SSDs, or card readers.
On the top of the new Shinobi XL, BitFenix has placed not only four USB 3.0 ports, but also a so called SuperCharge port which can offer up to 2.5A of current for charging a smartphone or other such device.
The BitFenix Shinobi XL case
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.