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BitFenix launches the Shadow mid-tower ATX chassis

by Mark Tyson on 30 August 2013, 14:15

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The new BitFenix Shadow offers PC builders "an incredibly clean design", which delivers "trifecta of style, function, and value" according to this Taiwanese PC hardware and peripherals company. BitFenix applies the strapline "Sleek - Savvy - Sinister" to this new ATX mid-tower PC case with its magnetic front door cover, switchable LED accent colour and powder-coated black BitFenix SofTouch™ Surface Treatment.

The Shadow offers plenty of room for most PC enthusiasts and can accommodate graphics cards up to 320mm in length and CPU coolers up to 165mm tall. While we are on the subject of cooling, the Shadow has four 120mm fan locations to keep the air flowing and cool within the case. When you buy this case two 120mm 'Spectre' fans are pre-installed. There is a large removable front dust filter to minimise dust intake into the Shadow and the power supply and bottom-of-case air intake fan locations also have filters.

Expansion options are ample with seven 3.5-inch bays, three 5.25-inch bays and a dedicated 2.5-inch bay available for your boot SSD. Also should your motherboard support them up to seven PCI slots are available for your add-in boards and as mentioned above a graphics card of up to 320mm in length can be accommodated.

It's always convenient to have some front accessible ports and the BitFenix Shadow offers a decent bevy of such ports including two of the USB 3.0 variety alongside two USB 2.0 ports and HD audio I/O. On this panel there is also a control to switch the case LED accent between red, blue and off positions and the power/reset button..

BitFenix Shadow Specifications:

Materials

Steel, Plastic

Colors (Int/Ext)

Black/Black

Dimensions (WxHxD)

190 x 440 x 506mm

Motherboard Sizes

ATX, Micro ATX, Mini-ITX

5.25” Drive Bays

x 3

3.5” Drive Bays

x 7

2.5” Drive Bays

x 1

Cooling Front

120mm x 2 (1 included)

Cooling Bottom

120mm x 1 (optional)

Cooling Rear

120mm x 1 (included) or 92mm x 1 (optional) or 80mm x 1 (optional)

PCI Slots

x 7

I/O

USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio

Power Supply

PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)

 

It is also worth pointing out that the Shadow features tool-free drive installation and locking mechanisms for easy initial setup and later configuration changes. BitFenix says that a large CPU cutout helps "enable quick CPU cooler changes" and cable management has been carefully considered by the case designers.



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Another case with absolutely no design thought included. The internals could be from virtually any one of a couple of hundred case designs over the last 10 years. The prodigy was a genuinely interesting case concept,the shadow is not
looks alright though i reckon :)
I Love its stealthy design. The LED strip at the bottom gives the overal black case a nice touch.^^
I don't get this fascination with glowing stuff. It's like buying bits of the star wars set
What a boring case. (just my opinion though). It looks just like the other hundreds of Antec / Coolermaster / Corsair / Thermaltake knockoffs on the market right now. It brings nothing new to the already saturated computer case market, with the exception of the LED strip, and I am not sure if that has been done before either. (as I stated before though, this is just my opinion)
:)