Bit­fenix Shogun

www.bit­fenix.com £125

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The Bit­fenix Shogun is the cheap­est case in this group test, but that doesn’t mean that it misses out en­tirely on qual­ity. It still boasts plenty of the key premium fea­tures that its com­peti­tors are of­fer­ing. The top and bot­tom pan­els are of lovely curved alu­minium, while both side pan­els are tem­pered glass. How­ever, the front panel is just one big ex­panse of plas­tic. It doesn’t look aw­ful, but it’s odd that it doesn’t match the top and bot­tom pan­els.

Even more trou­bling is the qual­ity of the in­ter­nals and frame. The steel used seems to be thin­ner than the other cases on test, mak­ing it feel flim­sier. The pre­tapped holes for all the screws and bolts also feel less solid and prone to crossed threads.

The in­ter­nal lay­out didn’t con­vince ei­ther, at least at first. It’s mod­u­lar, so it can be opened out, but it comes full of odd ex­tras in­clud­ing a SSD mount­ing tray that spans the bot­tom of the case. It doesn’t look par­tic­u­larly good and just gets in the way.

Cool­ing is good, with 3x 120mm fan ar­eas in the front and top, plus space for a fan at the rear. It comes with two fans in the front and one in the back with quiet over­all noise.

Over­all, there’s lots to like here, but sev­eral fac­tors dent its ap­peal.

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