BitFenix Ronin Review
Up Close: Exterior
Measuring 205 x 483 x 505mm (WxHxD) Like other cases from BitFenix, the front and roof of the new Ronin have been given the soft touch treatment. Silky smooth to the touch there's something inherently "naughty" about how it feels. While the right side of the case is feature free, the left side is dominated by a very large clear high gloss window
BitFenix provide 3 x 5.25" drive bays along with an adapter to convert one into an external 3.5" should you so desire. looking at the space available above the top bay it appears that for just a few mm more BitFenix could have actually placed a 4th bay into the front. Still 3 it is though, which with the impending demise of optical drives should be plenty for anyone. Below the drives a large ventilation panel covers the front intake for up to 2x120mm fans (1 included).
The majority of the case roof is given over to ventilation. Forward of this lies the front I/O with the usual power/reset, audio, 2xUSB2.0 and 2xUSB3.0
Removing the window panel we get our first look at The Ronin's Stealth panel. The contoured plastic panel is easily removed, being held in place by 3 push pins. With the panel in place the system builder can show off the sexiest bits of kit whilst keeping the less attractive under wraps. If you happen to want to show off the entire interior through the large side window, then just pop the panel off and you'll be able to see the lot, drive bays, PSU everything.
As it's not unusual for manufacturers to add a few creases into the rear panel to aid rigidity, we find the rear of the case is remarkably flat. That said the structural rigidity seems un affected. Beside the rear I/O sits the grill for the rear 120mm fan grill. With a 120mm fan included on extract it's mighty strange that BitFenix have thought to also include 92mm fan mounts in this position. Also included are two small grommeted tubing holes should you wish to regress back to the late 90s and mount an external radiator