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Four More Sub-$100 Cases For Your Gaming Build, Reviewed

BitFenix Shinobi

One of several lighter-weight enclosures in this series, BitFenix's Shinobi makes value out of moderate build cost by taking on a modest $70 price tag. The low price still leaves enough room for a few conveniences, such as flip-out external bay latches and twist-out hard drive latches, all of which were covered in our photographic preview.

BitFenix even puts shouldered standoffs in two mounting locations to positively locate your motherboard, speeding up the installation process. Other motherboard mounting holes are left empty; you fill them with standoffs supplied in its installation kit.

Builders who can’t get by with one intake and exhaust fan can add another to the Shinobi’s bottom panel, two to its top panel, and one more to its face panel. The top panel supports both 120 and 140 mm blowers, but doesn’t have enough space above the motherboard for the added thickness of a radiator.

Eight 3.5” hard drives fit directly into the Shinobi’s lower cage. Unfortunately, the only spot for a 2.5" SSD is in a single 5.25" bay adapter. Builders who need more space for solid-state storage should look for drives that include their own 3.5" adapter trays.

The Shinobi has two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports on its top panel. A second USB 2.0 connector is built into its USB 3.0 cable in case your motherboard doesn't have any internal USB 3.0 headers.

  • jdwii
    Why no love for coolermaster its easily the best Case company out there, i rarely even consider anything else. For just 60$ they offer one heck of a deal.
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  • Crashman
    jdwiiWhy no love for coolermaster its easily the best Case company out there, i rarely even consider anything else. For just 60$ they offer one heck of a deal.Tom's HardwareOf the 28 companies we invited to participate, 11 responded with cases they thought would give the Tom's Hardware audience the best balance between quality, features, and price. We divided the round-up into three groups based on when each of the samples arrived.
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  • Crashman
    Sorry about the double post, I can't seem to find the delete button :) Moderators?
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  • griptwister
    Wow! Looking for a new case! It's time to upgrade my Antec OneHundred windowed. it's too loud with all the fans. and the PSU. Looks like I'll be going with a Zalman MS800 for my next rig! I liked the look of the z11 better at first, but seeing what the MS 800 looks like with a few LEDs, it seems classy and sleek yet not overdone. Great review THW!
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  • slomo4sho
    Thank you for not doing a slide show for this like the other reviews.

    Also, still looking forward to a review of the Cooler Master HAF XB.
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  • dalmvern
    slomo4shoThank you for not doing a slide show for this like the other reviews. Also, still looking forward to a review of the Cooler Master HAF XB.
    Apparently you were unaware of the slideshow they released last week. What Toms has done with all of these round ups was take the pictures and post them, then once they get done with their battery of tests they post the results and commentary afterward.
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  • nd22
    Excellent review! I like to get the best possible performance for the money I spent and it seems that these cases you reviewed are perfect for a mid-end gaming build I am planning to do! How about some exotic cases to review for us Tom? For example I would like to see a review of cooler master haf xb or fractal 304.
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  • sincreator
    It's about time Zalman sent you guys one of their budget oriented cases. I bought the Zalman Z9+ for $34.99 last year with free shipping from NCIX, and I absolutely love the case. Great quality with a huge amount of features for a case of that price. It has more features than my brothers Antec 900 surprisingly, and it probably should of been $70-80. I'm not complaining though. lol. I have recommended the MS 800 and the Zalman Z9+ to a few friends, depending on their budget. They all loved the cases and were shocked at what they got for the money. I'd love to see more reviews for Zalman's cases on Tom's.
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  • ubercake
    Ok. Where are the Tom's models?

    Inner butt cheek. Side boob. That's what's going to sell cases. :)
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  • Crashman
    ubercakeOk. Where are the Tom's models?Inner butt cheek. Side boob. That's what's going to sell cases.Sorry, all the models near this location are BBW. I don't believe that would go-over with the majority :p
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