Noise and Thermal Testing, Overclocked

At stock, cooling for the graphics card proved to be a bit underwhelming, but CPU thermals in the BitFenix Shinobi XL are generally excellent and the case looks like it has some room to grow and breathe. Our overclocked testbed should give us an idea of just how much headroom we're really working with.

CPU Temperatures, Overclocked

GPU Temperatures, Overclocked

SSD Temperatures, Overclocked

The Shinobi XL isn't in the same league as Antec's Eleven Hundred, but it's definitely competitive. Graphics card thermals improve over the Corsair Obsidian 550D, too, as that enclosure is running at close to its thermal ceiling while the Shinobi XL still has room to spare.

CPU Fan Speed, Overclocked

GPU Fan Speed, Overclocked

Fan speeds aren't terrible, but the overclocked testbed does punish cases pretty well. The Shinobi XL's performance around the graphics card continues to underwhelm, while the CPU fan speed is basically competitive.

Noise Levels, Overclocked

Unfortunately for BitFenix, the Shinobi XL, while putting in a decent performance, is also the loudest case we've tested under load. This is particularly disappointing as the original Shinobi was actually a fairly modest case when it came to acoustics--not stellar, but certainly good for an $80 enclosure. Given the size and size of the Shinobi XL, we would expect better performance than this, but again water-cooling seems to be more of the target audience.

Noise and Thermal Testing, Stock Conclusion: Lost in Translation


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  • Chaitanya - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    BitFenix has some really good cases and they innovate when it comes to bringing new cases to market. Reply
  • Pennanen - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    And what exactly has bitfenix given to the case markets? Assuming you werent sarcastic. Reply
  • xbournex - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    SuperCharge, SofTouch, Prodigy, stock water cooling support, brightest LED strips, most dense sleeving extensions, first internet connectivity fan controller, and unnecessary flashy in-your-face look cases. Reply
  • Pennanen - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    Sorry i wasnt specific enought.

    What useful things have bitfenix given to the markets?
  • killerclick - Sunday, July 15, 2012 - link

    Lack of girlfriend detected. Reply
  • cjs150 - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    But the review is nice and thorough

    Dustin you really hit the nail "modern conventions are far from perfect and there's a lot of room for improvement".

    As an example, the case is wide - why not turn the PSU 90 degrees and have the cables feeding directly into the area behind the motherboard. Lian Li at least experiment with different locations.

    I would love to see a case where there is a built in power splitter for the 5.25 bays and Hard drive cages so one molex cable goes to a daughter board which has several socket to run short cables up to the hard drives for example - a bit of imagination would result in a very neat cabling job.

    This case really excels for watercooling. Perfect for using a 200x200 mm radiatior (or even 2, front and top)
  • xbournex - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    The review compares a mATX case 2/3 of the price of this case, an aluminum case with almost no water cooling support that's 2x the price, and ambient temperatures that vary with each review resulting in a default temperature, and noise level being already higher, or lower.

    The case was designed for watercooling in mind, which the reviewer poorly covered. Not thorough if you ask me.
  • xbournex - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    not as thorough as it could be** Reply
  • Olaf van der Spek - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    Hey xbournex,

    Anandtech doesn't test watercooling as far as I know.

    When can we expect some BitFenix mATX cases? :p
  • cjs150 - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    Must admit I cannot remember Anandtech reviewing watercooling either.

    Watercooling is a niche for those who like to have a bit of fun and get their hands dirty (I think that should read "wet") on the innards of their computer.

    I love it, but I know it is not very everyone.

    The case looks as though it would be very good for watercooling possible even better than the legend that is the Silverstone TJ07. Certainly more than capable of cooling two hot running GPUs, a seriously overclocked CPU and maybe even the RAM as well without really breaking sweat. So would be pretty quiet compared to trying to air cool that lot

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