BitFenix Shogun chassis goes for internal and external coolness

Our not-all-that-secret allegiance with the insidious RGB Illuminati requires us to write an average of one RGB LED-related news post per day. So we're leading Friday's case news with BitFenix's Shogun E-ATX PC enclosure. The Shogun is a willing receptacle for a pretty sizeable stash of PC hardware, offering support for the largest motherboards, plenty of storage, video cards as long as the Lord of the Rings extended edition films, and liters of water-cooling gear. BitFenix knows there is no point in having all hardware hidden away, so the Shogun has two tempered glass side panels and a pair of Asus Chroma-compatible RGB LED strips to mount inside the case.

The Shogun has clearance for CPU coolers as large as 6.9" (17.5 cm) and power supplies as long as 9.8" (25 cm). Owners of extremely long graphics cards because because the Shogun can not only fit cards as long as 16.1" (41cm), but can lovingly cradle them in any of three integrated "GPU Safe" supports in order to prevent PCB sag. Those who refuse to delete data can take solace in the Shogun's six 3.5" drive bays and five 2.5" slots, all of which can be occupied simultaneously. At first glance, the chassis appears to have one external 5.25" drive bay, but no provisions for optical drives appear to be inside the case. The back of the motherboard tray and the right-side panel have a full inch (2.5 cm) of clearance for cable management.

One could say the Shogun is both literally and figuratively cool. The front and top of the chassis have mounting provisions for two 140-mm or three 120-mm fans, or radiators as large as 360 mm. The rear provides a mounting location for a single 120-mm or 140-mm fan or radiator. The side panels are available in semi-tinted or fully-tinted forms. Personally, I'd try to get a semi-tinted "glory" panel to show off my Thermaltake Golden Orb and GeForce MX 420 along with a fully-tinted panel to obscure the rat's nest of "ketchup and mustard" molex cables that power my array of Maxtor 80GB hard drives. Regardless of what may reside inside the case, BitFenix provides a pair of RGB LED-illuminated drive sleds that can be controlled via Asus' Chroma software.

All this capacity comes at a cost. The Shogun's external dimensions measure a burly 22.5" x 9.8" x 20.7" (or 56.5 cm x 25cm x 52.5cm). Buyers might want to invite a friend over when moving a completed water-cooled system, as the chassis itself weighs in at over 31.2 lbs (14 kg).

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