We recently tested two smaller cases from Bitfenix, the mini-ITX-case Phenom and the m-ATX/mini-ITX Prodigy M-case, and found them very good. Today though we are looking at a more normal case, the Bitfenix Ronin which is a regular midi-tower with space for up to ATX-motherboards. The expectations we have for a good mid-tower are pretty high in 2014. We want a case that can handle the most high-end components regardless of length or height, we want good cooling, lots of room to hide the cables as well as space for lots of drives. both SSD’s and regular 3.5″-drives. Can the Bitfenix Ronin live up to those expectations? Read on to find out.
FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS
While the Phenom and the Prodigy M were small “chubby” cases the Ronin is a more “normal” looking case. It does not come with lots of weird stylish features, instead opting for a more subdued cool look. The case comes in one color, black.
|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)|
|Extras||Stealth Cover, SofTouch™ surface treatment, filtered intakes, tool-free drive locking|
A quick glance at the specifications does not indicate anything out of the ordinary. We get space for 6 drives, either 2.5″ or 3.5″ plus 3 5.25-drives. We would rather see less 5.25-bays and more 2.5/3.5″-bays though.
The case is built by steel and plastic and comes with Bitfenix’s own SofTouch surface treatment on the front and top which helps keep the case almost fingerprint-proof. Two 120 mm fans are included but there is room for several more. The case is ready for water-cooling and there is room for a 2-fan radiator at the top.
There is a window on the case which lets you show of the inside of the case. If you feel that there are things you do not want to show and just want to direct the eyes to the graphic card and the cpu there is a stealth cover included that hide the power supply and the drives from sight.
Performance - 9
Quality - 7.4
Value - 8
Features - 8
The Bitfenix Ronin case is a well built midi-tower case that offers great performance for a decent price. It does not come with tons of features but what it does it does well.