Interior and Build Process

Before entering the Shogun, you have to remove those glass side panels – and these are the thickest I can remember seeing:

The second photo shows a look behind the back panel, and the inside of this back glass is covered in black paint to hide the cable mess behind the motherboard tray.

As a rule the wide-open interior designs of the modern, optical-drive-free enclosure are easy to build in, but the Shogun does have some notable design elements – including the side-facing SSD mount panel that showcases your drives with RGB lighting.

Removing this is not required to assemble the system, but its removal does afford us a better look at the case floor. On the left we see padded feet upon which the PSU will sit, and over to the right there is a floor-mounted 2.5-inch drive caddy.

Moving around to the back of the enclosure we have a generous amount of cable routing space, supplied velcro straps to secure the cables behind the motherboard tray, and our first look at the primary storage support.

This storage support includes dual 2.5-inch drive mounts on the backside of the motherboard below the CPU cutout, and a row of six (as configured – these cages are modular) 3.5-inch hard drive mounts on the left side.

Six plastic HDD trays are included, and these have a nice locking mechanism and seem like they would hold up well over time.

This standard ATX motherboard fits as expected with ample cable-routing cutouts around the perimeter.

The Shogun is equipped with three of what BitFenix calls their "GPU Safe" component, which is a padded bracket that can be positioned to support the end of your GPU and prevent sag.

It's a good idea, and my graphics card was just long enough to make use of one of these – as we will see on the next page.

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