BitFenix Ronin Review

Up Close: Interior, Dive bays, Base, Rear and Roof

 BitFenix Ronin Review

 

Up Close:  Interior, Dive bays, Base, Rear and Roof

Able to house ATX as well as well as mATX and mini-ITX, the Ronin has the major bases covered, with a large CPU cut out ensuring that the work involved in changing your cooler is kept to a minimum.  We do however feel that for a case with such a large "look in me" side window, the lack of rubber grommets on the 3 cable management holes is a gross oversight.  Surely they can't add too much to the price?  In total there are mounts for up to 6 fans with just 1x120mm being provided in the front.  Two would have been nice especially taking into account the £70 price tag.

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The tool-less mounting system for the 3 x 5.25" bays is very secure, enabling BitBenix to do away with an unsightly perforated rack.  Underneath there's room for up to 6 x 3.5" or 6 x 2.5" drives (using the 3.5" bays). 

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The rack is split into two equal sized parts with the upper most being removable, increasing the max GPU length from 310mm to 410mm.

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Immediately posterior to the lower drive rack lies a grilled mount for a 120mm fan (please don't).  At the rear four small foam pads sit atop metal dimples giving the bear minimum of sound dampening for PSUs.  BitFenix state support for PSUs up to 220mm in length however you will be covering up a small portion of the lower cable management hole if you use a monster PSU.

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Seven perforated expansion bay covers sit alongside small external tubing holes with a BitFenix badged fan sitting above in the usual position.  When viewed from the inside you get a real feel for just how much of the roof is given over to ventilation.  Those holes might not be massive, but there's a hell of a lot of them.  The beedy peeper'd amongst you will also have noticed that there are fan mounts for both 120mm and 140mm up here, and the even keener eyed will have noted that they are offset away from the motherboard thus enabling Radiator installation and so native water-cooling support.  More of this when we come to the build and cooling sections later on the review.

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The case stands on four good sized rubber feet helping to ensure a supply of fresh air to the underside of the case.  A large, magnetically attached single piece mesh filter covers the PSU and base fan areas.    

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15-08-2013, 04:25:27

tinytomlogan
A Warrior without a Master. The New Ronin from BitFenix appears a force to be reckoned with.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...055342833l.JPG


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15-08-2013, 05:48:00

SPS
Look at that lovely big clear side window.

15-08-2013, 06:32:23

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPS View Post
Look at that lovely big clear side window.
That gets covered up for a big part by that stealth cover

Thanks Gary! I'll read this later today.

15-08-2013, 07:37:13

xbournex
the stealth cover and its support bar can be completely removed.

15-08-2013, 07:52:13

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by xbournex View Post
the stealth cover and its support bar can be completely removed.
But then you're looking at grommet-less cable management, which doesn't tend to look very good, usually

15-08-2013, 11:53:29

UkGouki
wondering if the ronin window panel will fit on the shinobi mid tower they look the same size.. and if so ill buy one!!

tbh i really like the look of this case for the window panel alone but like you said in the review i would likly go for a nanoxia or even a ghost if i was to buy a new chassis any time soon :-/

16-08-2013, 11:54:13

Greenback
Tbh I think they would of been better skipping the stealth cover and getting grommets

17-08-2013, 16:28:51

G-Dubs
Whether you like the large window or not is a personal preference, personally I prefer it with the large window and without the stealth cover, but the point is it's nice to have the option. What I'd would like to see is a stealth cover that fits to the window itself, a very thin sheet on the exterior surface of the Perspex that is contiguous with the plane of the metal case side, perhaps held in place from the interior side of the window with small magnetic pads. That way it wouldn't stand out so much. Maybe you could even cut your own shapes???

24-09-2013, 05:41:45

amex
Hello,
In the build section of this review, you said 'please dont' install a 120mm fan on the bottom of the case just in front of the PSU. why? does it suck dust in from the bottom or something? always which way do you recommend the PSU fan to face?

Thanks

24-09-2013, 07:07:36

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by amex View Post
Hello,
In the build section of this review, you said 'please dont' install a 120mm fan on the bottom of the case just in front of the PSU. why? does it suck dust in from the bottom or something? always which way do you recommend the PSU fan to face?

Thanks
Cause fans in the bottom of a case look tacky and aren't really good for anything. If you lack front intake, then maybe it's time for a new case all together.

It doesn't matter which way the fan faces, a PSU is not really going to run hot. When you do mount it fan-up though, your 8 Pin CPU cable might be just too short. If you mount it fan-down, you can't put your PC on high carpet and you have to clean the dust-filter every now and then.

24-09-2013, 17:14:43

G-Dubs
I'd echo what Feronix has said with regards to the PSU position and add that if you're mounting your PC on a hard surface such as a desk then the PSU can quite reasonably be orientated with the fan facing down, this will also bring the majority of the cables closer to the lower cable management hole on a case. If you're putting your case on carpet then don't do this for reasons already given. All that said, some prefer the aesthetics of having the PSU fan visible inside their case and it could be argued that this cuts down on noise particularly in "silent" builds.

With regards to the lower fan mount on cases, A great many people, myself included just think it looks Fuggly. There's nothing wrong with it as such other than it up sets the aesthetics of a nicely brought together build.

Building a PC is more than just lobbing together the component parts as quickly as you can and hitting the power button. It should be a work of art, something you should be able to look at and admire, and if it's a really good one, it should give you a little fizzy feeling in your underpants.

26-09-2013, 18:33:10

amex
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Cause fans in the bottom of a case look tacky and aren't really good for anything. If you lack front intake, then maybe it's time for a new case all together.

It doesn't matter which way the fan faces, a PSU is not really going to run hot. When you do mount it fan-up though, your 8 Pin CPU cable might be just too short. If you mount it fan-down, you can't put your PC on high carpet and you have to clean the dust-filter every now and then.
Thanks Feronix,

I have just bought a Ronin and recieved all the parts so will start the build today.

27-09-2013, 04:50:25

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by amex View Post
Thanks Feronix,

I have just bought a Ronin and recieved all the parts so will start the build today.
Enjoy the build and be sure to post in the project logs section.
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