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Bitphenix Shinobi XL - Front panel mod?

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I just received it today.

God, this is a huge case. Much bigger than what I first thought while looking at videos.

The unique reason I decided to change my CM690ii with this case was due to the ability of the shinobi XL to fit two 3x120 radiators (top and front) and a 2x120 (bottom).

In extra, I will finally have enough place in the back of the case to not have to fight with the case to close the panel blocked by the numerous cables.

The general case quality is good but the front panel design is extremely mediocre. The top and front panels are extremely hard to remove, much much harder than the CM690ii. The plastic is not good, the panel does not feel solid. If they had used less metal to build the case and a little to make the front and top I would not be complaining.

The front panel has nearly no air intake. I thought it was like the CM690ii, the front had a dust filter but nope, it is just a piece of plastic with small intake on the border (not enough).
I will have put my intake on top and push in front. The top "filter" is not made to block dust and it has to be changed. I will have to make a grill, I don't know what the result is going to be. It will be temporary until I find a way to mod the front panel. I was considering to cut hole in it but the structure is already quite fragile and wouldn't resist the force I need to take out the panel.
Drilling some small hole inside of it will be quite ugly. I could do that temporary again.
Sucks we are not in summer, I would have time for these kind of stuff. School requires too much time and effort frown.gif

Does anyone have same issue and a solution? Have you done any mod to your case? If so let me know wink.gif

I also must say the Hard or solid drive bay is utter crap. I completely removed it. I again thought it would be like the CM690ii, after you remove the bay you still have 2 slot left so you don't end up having no support to hold your drives.

The window is in plastic, kind of disappointed, was expecting glass. Although, it is more flexible and might be more durable since it is less likely to break.

Last complain, they provide two huge-ass fans. Something like 230mm if not more. For a case that is designed to support three fans on top and three on front, what am I going to do with the two huge fans once I remove them to put 3 fans (radiator)? The only two places for these huge fans are top and front, making them useless once you install your radiators.
For a case that is designed for watercooling, I feel like they didn't take much in consideration.
Edited by Just a nickname - 1/15/13 at 3:18pm
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post #2 of 8
Performance PCs made this mod for the front:



I gotta say, I've been researching cases for a while and even though the Shinobi XL isn't leading the list of my favorites I'd already seen details in reviews that showed the case with all plastic removed.

Before purchasing, you really should look for all the reviews you can find to be forewarned about issues like this.

Also - browse the forums that cover the case...

BTW - what do you mean you thought the side window would be glass?
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I don't think I have ever seen a PC case come with a glass window, that's just asking for shipping issues.
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post #4 of 8
Here's a very detailed review that I read a while back - shows the case front and top after plastic was removed.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Bitfenix-Shinobi-XL-Case-Review/1547/2
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From my log:
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Originally Posted by Michalius View Post

The case is totally stripped, let the fun begin!

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Here's the bottom of the front panel. I've heard that front panel fans can suffer a bit in the Shinobi's due to lack of air access. Considering that these are entirely hidden when the case is put together, I'm not sure what purpose they serve of existing other than maybe some slight structual support. Though, when the front panel is attached, the fact that it has plastic rivets holding it into the chassis seems to render this point moot. Off they go.

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Case and Panels Complete

The panels look so much cleaner with the tabs removed. Love it.

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Have plenty of room in that bay floor for the MONSTA now.

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I'd suggest using P/P on the front rad as well, which will require a bit of dremel work on the floor of the 5.25" bay as seen above.

Also, what I didn't make clear there, is that bottom portion with the plastic tabs, I just cleaned up that whole area and removed all of it.
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The window is in plastic, kind of disappointed, was expecting glass. Although, it is more flexible and might be more durable since it is less likely to break.

Last complain, they provide two huge-ass fans. Something like 230mm if not more. For a case that is designed to support three fans on top and three on front, what am I going to do with the two huge fans once I remove them to put 3 fans (radiator)? The only two places for these huge fans are top and front, making them useless once you install your radiators.
For a case that is designed for watercooling, I feel like they didn't take much in consideration.
1) I don't know of any cases that ship with glass windows. They're always plastic/acrylic.

2) When you are watercooling, you *always* buy fans specific to your needs. No case manufacturer is going to inflate the price of their case by $40-100 to include quality high pressure fans that people might not even take advantage of.
Edited by Michalius - 1/16/13 at 1:15pm
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post #6 of 8
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Well, they could have used 120/140mm fans by example. If you really want to go air route then you must buy in extra these monster useless fan for watercooling (which is what Bitfenix was aiming at in the first place).

Thanks for your input but that's not what I am really looking for, I will cut the front panel and install a mesh to replace the plastic.
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FWIW, I did some testing and had no change in delta with the front panel installed and removed on any of my parts.
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Ah really? Didn't think of that.

Ergh it is a bit too late for me anyway ;p
Current mod is going to look too ugly.

That's surprising though... The air intake is quite restrictive with this panel.
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