Specialty gaming case manufacturer BitFenix of Taiwan has put out another new chassis that plays off the success of their Colossus and Survivor chassis. The new Shinobi is a mid tower ATX chassis much like the Survivor. In fact, it shares some similarities which include its “sofTouch Surface Treatment” which gives the case a rubberized stain resistant finish that is soft to the touch. Like the Survivor, it also has the ability to house the longest video cards on the market in a very compact space.

But unlike the Survivor which locks everything down and covers it all up for security, the Shinobi is a much lighter weight case that can be outfitted with up to seven 120mm fans, two of which can be upgraded to 140mm. It also offers three 5.25 and eight 3.5 inch bays. SSD compatibility is delivered with the use of an adapter which sits in one of the 5.25 inch bays. It also gives you four USB 2.0 ports on the front panel and smoked window or non windowed options. Wrapping things up are a fully blacked out interior and mostly tool-free design including a CPU cooler cut out.

While the Shinobi isn’t a looker like its bigger Colossus cousin and even looks plain compared to the Survivor, it is a Ninja after all. Coming in a windowed version for $69 US or a non windowed version for $59 US, you might just find it sneaking into your next budget build. Full press release and photo gallery below including a spiffy video.

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BitFenix Unleashes Shinobi

Gaming chassis made deadly by design

(BitFenix Design Lab, March 7, 2011) – Today, gaming hardware maker BitFenix is pleased to announce the latest addition to its lineup of PC chassis designed for hardcore gamers. Named Shinobi, this mid tower ATX chassis delivers impressive cooling, excellent expansion possibilities, and a bevy of DIY friendly features all wrapped up in a design that articulates the bold yet clean BitFenix design philosophy.

“We wanted to create a no-nonsense gaming chassis that was not only functional, but also exuded the killer design concept that BitFenix is known for. I believe that with Shinobi, gamers will get to see what we mean first hand,” says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt.

Named after some of the most feared assassins of the modern age, Shinobi is designed to allow gamers to silently and efficiently dispatch their competition. Available in both window and non-window versions, Shinobi can blend into virtually any environment. Purists will appreciate the solid steel side panel of Shinobi, while users who want to highlight the hardware installed within will love the Shinobi Window’s uniquely-crafted side panel window. Enveloping the top and front covers is the signature BitFenix SofTouch™ Surface Treatment that lends a luxurious matte finish and soft feel while resisting fingerprints and stains.

But the spirit of a true warrior must extend beyond the superficial. Shinobi also brings the tools gamers require to remain a cut above their adversaries. Inside, Shinobi can accommodate a wide variety of hardware – long graphics cards are not a problem, and up to three 5.25″ optical drives or eight 3.5″ hard drives can be installed for maximum expansion possibilities. With the included 5.25″ drive bay adapter, users can also install a 2.5″ SSD drive. To keep things cool when battle heats up, Shinobi can also be outfitted with a bevy of fans – up to seven 120mm fans can be installed, and optionally two of them can be upgraded to 140mm fans. Four high-speed USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks come standard, allowing gamers to effortlessly connect their gaming peripherals. No matter what the situation calls for, Shinobi rises to the occasion.

To get the gamer into battle as quickly as possible, Shinobi is equipped with a slew of DIY friendly features. Its easy-to-use tool-free design makes drive installation a breeze, and a large cutout on the motherboard tray enables quicker changing of CPU coolers should the need arise. Finally, removable filtered fan intakes means quick cleanup, shortening the time it takes to charge back into the fray.

Of course, Shinobi is also built with the same quality and attention to detail of all BitFenix gaming products. From the brushed gunmetal BitFenix logo, to the luxurious coated interior, Shinobi users can experience the BitFenix difference both inside and out. Shinobi Window users can also look forward to easy-to-use tool-free drive locking mechanisms to help speed their installation along.

BitFenix Shinobi will be available on store shelves beginning March 2011 with an estimated MSRP of 49€ (incl. 19% VAT) and $59.

BitFenix Shinobi Window will be available at the same time with an estimated MSRP of 59€ (incl. 19% VAT) and $69.

For more information on Shinobi, please visit http://www.bitfenix.com.

About BitFenix

BitFenix is the result of the collaboration of several veterans in both the technology and gaming industries. From the same minds behind some of technology’s most venerable products, BitFenix creates hardware and peripherals that grant the user the utmost control, strength, and performance to complete their computing tasks. Combining a deep understanding of gaming and other high-demand computing applications with superior engineering and design know-how, the BitFenix Team is dedicated to creating the go-to computing products and peripherals for those who refuse to quit. For more information, check out http://www.bitfenix.com.


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