BitFenix is a fairly new name to the enthusiast case market, however their cases have been getting a lot of attention as providing great cases for budget builders. Their main focus is on building high quality enthusiast grade cases, offering a multitude of features while keeping the price down. The case that we are looking at today from BitFenix is called Ronin. Ronin features a dark, stealthy design with wide hardware compatibility to suit your ever changing gaming rig. Micro-mesh strips provide additional ventilation, while the large window side panel with innovative Stealth Cover allows you to show off your hardware you want or hide away the parts you don’t.
The BitFenix Ronin is a mid-tower case, measuring 205 x 483 x 505mm (WxHxD). For those looking for alternative color options, the Ronin is only available in black. Externally, it has many common features with three 5.25″ drive bays, a large side panel window, and a front I/O cluster that includes both USB 2.0 and SuperSpeed USB 3.0. Internally, it features six 3.5″ drive trays, room for a standard ATX motherboard, support for extra long video cards and other enthusiast grade features. Like most cases, the Ronin comes with a 1 year warranty.
The BitFenix Ronin is sold under part number BFC-RON-300-KKWSK-RP and can be found at Newegg for $99.99 plus $9.59 shipping. For right around $100 online, the Ronin has some advanced features going for it; one feature is the Stealth Cover. It covers up the drive bays and the power supply area, so all that can be seen through the side panel window is the motherboard. Not only does this allow the motherboard and video card to be seen through the window, but it also provides a layer of depth to the view. I can see this being an easy mod to give the case a little personality.
BitFenix takes cooling options into consideration on the Ronin. With room for 6 fans, 2x front, 2x top, 1x back, 1xbottom, air cooling options should be more than sufficient; keep in mind that BitFenix only provides two 120mm Spectre fans with the Ronin. For CPU air cooling, maximum CPU cooler height is 167mm, enough space for even the Prolimatech Megahalems. However, if liquid cooling is your cooling method of choice, BitFenix has that covered as well. Under the top bezel, there is room for a 240mm liquid cooling radiator. Another liquid cooling option is an external solution, with two ports in the back for the tubes.
BitFenix Ronin Features:
|BitFenix Ronin Specifications|
|Materials||SofTouch, Plastic, Steel|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||205 x 483 x 505mm|
|Motherboard Sizes||ATX, mATX, mini-ITX|
|5.25” Drive Bays||x 3|
|3.5” Drive Bays||x 6 (3 + 3)|
|2.5” Drive Bays||x 6 (using 3.5″ trays)|
|Cooling Front||120mm x 2 (1 included)|
|Cooling Rear||120mm x 1 (included)|
|Cooling Top||120mm x 2 (optional) or 140mm x 2 (optional)|
|Cooling Bottom||120mm x 1 (optional)|
|PCI Slots||x 7|
|I/O||2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, HD Audio|
|Power Supply||PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)|
Stealth Cover, SofTouch™ surface treatment,
|Note||LED lighting not included. Sold separately|
Now that we know a little about the BitFenix Ronin, let’s take a closer look.