The new BitFenix Shogun is a real eye-catcher, with two sides of real-glass and illuminated SSD battlements. And 74 liter capacity offers plenty of space for hardware and a great custom water cooling. Classic HDDs should be decoupled separately.
Housing with two SSDs in the shop window
The spacious Bitfenix Shogun PC case for 149 euros captivates in addition to the 74-liter capacity in a simple robe with two side windows and the two display cases for SSDs, which are optionally illuminated by RGB LEDs. In the interior, BitFenix has come up with further surprises: a very large E-ATX motherboard can be installed with a removable extension of the mainboard support. The formats ATX, Micro-ATX and ITX are supported. There is plenty of space for radiators and high tower coolers.
Scope of delivery and equipment
The BitFenix Shogun comes with black lacquered screw material, a handful of cable ties, an expansion bracket for the Mainboardtray and an instruction manual in English. The manual mainly consists of sketches and deals with the usual montage steps for PC assembly. The impression is incomplete.
The 120mm fan is already pre-installed in the Midi Tower and starts rotating from a voltage of 3.2 volts and reaches a maximum speed of 1,200 rpm. All three fans are equipped with 3-pin connectors.
Features of pre-installed fans
Position Size RPM Connection for starting voltage
Front 2 × 120 mm 1,200 3-pin 3.2 volts
Rear 1 × 120 mm 1,200 3-pin 3.2 volts
The combination of two tinted hardglass sides (sides), steel (skeleton), aluminum (cover, floor) and plastic (front, rear) generates a total weight of slightly more than 14 kg. Thanks to the included expansion bracket, main boards up to the E-ATX format, a less than a dozen hard drives and up to seven case fans can be recorded. Although theoretically enough space would be available for a 5.25 “drive shaft, the manufacturer would dispense with this.
Mainboard format: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Chassis (L × W × H): 525 × 250 × 565 mm (74.16 liters)
Material: plastic, steel, aluminum, glass
Net weight: 14.15 kg
I / O ports: 2 × USB 3.0, 2 × USB 2.0, HD audio, RGB lighting
Inserts: 6 × 3.5 “/ 2.5” (internal)
5 × 2.5 “(internal)
Fully modular drive cages
Expansion slots: 7
Fan: Front: 2 × 140 mm or 3 × 120 mm (2 × 120 mm included)
Rear: 1 × 120 mm or 1 × 140 mm (1 × 120 mm inclusive)
Lid: 2 × 140 mm or 3 × 120 mm
Dust filter: Power supply
Compatibility: CPU cooler: 192 mm
GPU: 256 mm – 420 mm
Power supply: Unlimited
Price: from $149
Even if the BitFenix Shogun looks remotely from the distance, the impression is completely made of aluminum, the front and rear cover are made of plastic and imitate only the face of metal. However, due to the black lacquer, the right aluminum is also very difficult to detect in the cover or in the floor element, it could just as well be steel. The knowledge about these restrictions reduces the overall coherent appearance. In the front cover a 5.25 “drive shaft is indicated, but this is only a design element, a real slot does not hide behind it.
While the left-hand side of the hard-glass part is only slightly tinted, the opposing glass wall is completely opaque. BitFenix has succeeded in this solution since, on the one hand, the appearance of the second glass wall is markedly improved. On the other hand, no one would like to look at the cables laid behind the mainboardtray. Both sides are fastened to the steel body by means of four thick knurled screws and are located on rubber buffers or moss rubber bands on the edge of the housing. This protects the glass and dampens resonances.
In contrast to the front, the rear side of the Midi-Tower has only a 120 mm rear ventilator available in long holes, alternatively a 140 mm specimen can be mounted at the rear. In addition to the already existing fans, an additional 120 mm fan can be implemented in the front. There is also the possibility to install two 140 mm models instead of the three fans with 120 mm frame width in the front.
Neither in the front nor in the lid are dust filters used in the actual sense. Although mesh grilles can be found in both attachments, this is not fine-meshed enough to prevent smaller dust particles from penetrating into the interior of the housing. Extendable nylon dust filters as in the floor for the power supply would have been desirable in the places mentioned as well.
Two USB 2.0 and more modern USB 3.0 ports are used in the panels located between the two attachments. In addition, there are two 3.5 mm jack sockets for the sound output and the microphone input.
A round start button, which is illuminated in white during operation, is centrally integrated into the I / O panel. A LED behind it indicates hard disk accesses in red color. Next to the slightly smaller reset button on the right is an equal-sized button, which controls the LED illumination of the two SSD showcases, which are visible from the outside through the left glass side part.
There is also space in the lid for two 140 or three 120 mm fans. The device made of steel for its fastening is not, however, convincing: the thickness of the material is so thin, so that parts can easily be bent.
Externally, the BitFenix Shogun is well to very well processed. All material transitions are flush, but the front cover does not close cleanly with the line of the aluminum foot at the lower end. In addition, the steel is somewhat too thin in some places and lowers the torsional rigidity of the housing. In everyday life, however, this is less relevant.
In the front mounted and modular drive cages, up to six HDDs or SSDs of 2.5 and 3.5 inches can be accommodated. In the lower part, the mid-tower, painted black inside, also offers three supports for long-lasting graphics cards.
Away from the drive cage, five additional 2.5 “data carriers can be installed. Two of them can be mounted on the back of the mainboard, one on the bottom of the case. For the other two, the manufacturer has considered a special feature: an SSD bracket with two so-called chroma slots can be installed in the lower part of the housing. The SSDs are mounted parallel to the side window and thus not only show their flanks to viewers. This SSD display case is complemented by RGB LED lighting, which is certified for the Asus Aura system and can also be switched off completely by means of a switch at the front of the housing.
On the back, the Shogun with 31 mm provides enough space for cable laying. Three hook-and-loop fasteners, some eyelets and the cable ties are included in the scope of delivery, for a more appealing look, four rubber cuffs are included in the mainboardtray.
While 2.5 “SSDs are simply screwed onto the rails, which are subsequently to be pushed into the hard disk cage, larger 3.5” specimens are connected to the rail by means of metal pins surrounded by round rubber buffers. This is to benefit decoupling.
The BitFenix Shogun is a particularly modular housing and can be almost completely dismantled down to its core frame. This can be especially helpful when installing larger components or water cooling.
E-ATX main boards are possible
The Taiwanese manufacturer has come up with a further special feature. The mainboardtray can be extended by the possibility to include the E-ATX mainboards by means of an included bracket. Since the rubber cuffs of the actual tray are covered in this case, the expansion offers three separate cable glands.
There is nothing to complain about the processing quality in the interior of the BitFenix Shogun. All material transitions and edges are clean deburred, even smaller components such as the hard disk cages are stiff enough for their purpose.