In Win B2 Stealth Bomber Review
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06
Reviewed on: April 2, 2008
Do you enjoy airplanes? How about some of the most advanced airplanes that are used by the United States Air Force such as the bombers? How do you think a case would look and perform if a company decided to use some of the features of a fighter plane in the design of the case? Well this is exactly what In Win decided to do with its B2 Stealth Bomber gaming chassis. The air intakes from the USAF's B2 Stealth Bomber are the inspiration for the air intake features of the In Win B2 Stealth Bomber. It does not stop here, the front door is also motorized and looks very similar to that of an airplane's cockpit. What could be better than showing this off to your friends and just being able to ask them if they would like to come over and take a look at your “bomber?” Let's take a detailed look at In Win's B2 Stealth Bomber and see if it will be able to soar way above and beyond its competition or whether it will crash and burn.
When you take a look at the front of the box for the In Win B2 Stealth Bomber, you are able to see a few of the neat and unique features that this case has, such as a "Turbo Cooling System" and an "Auto-Sensing Door." When you take a look at one of the sides, you are able to see more of the unique features that In Win wants you to notice about its B2 Stealth Bomber case. The back of the box is where you are able to see the In Win B2 Stealth Bomber with the front door open and with a background picture of an airplane pilot's cockpit open. The final side of the packaging is where you are able to see all of the specifications of the B2 Stealth Bomber.
I know that I am very curious to see what the B2 Stealth Bomber looks like and am ready to pull it out of the box. With the box opened up, you are able to see that In Win wanted to keep its product very safe during the shipping process. The case was not only covered in a plastic bag to keep the case from getting scratched during the shipping process, it was also topped with a molded styrofoam piece on both the top and bottom to keep from getting bent.
Taking the first look at the B2 Stealth Bomber, it has a very unique look to it. The front of the case is not flat like most cases are, it bulges out a little toward the bottom and the side of the case. The side which houses the motherboard tray is very plain; the other side, however, is very alive. There is a fan intake on the side of the case and has a cover on it which has the design of a B2 Stealth Bomber. The front of the case has a door which covers the drive bays. There are two buttons on the front, one is the power button, and the other is a button to open the front door. On the back of the case there is a 120mm fan that will blow out the hot air from inside the case.
On the front of the case is where you will find all of the buttons you need to use the case. There is a power button as well as a little red button, which is the button that you press to activate the drive bay cover's motor. That's right, the drive bay cover has a motor on it that flips the cover from the closed position covering the drive bays to an open position that will expose them all. If for some reason you need to open the front cover without using the button, such as when the computer is off and you need to get to a drive you have under there, you are covered. There is a "Rescue" switch that you are able to toggle between automatic and manual which will shut the motor off when engaged in the manual setting.
On the left side of the front bezel is where In Win decided to hide the I/O panel. On the panel there are two eSATA ports, one Firewire port, two USB 2.0 ports, as well as a microphone and headphone port. They are all hidden under a little flap that you are able to open by hand.
On the side of the case, as I had mentioned before, there is an air duct that is in the shape of a real B2 Stealth Bomber that the USAF flies. This duct is exactly what you may think it is, there are fans behind it that are able to suck in fresh air from the outside. There are even little slits in the plastic so nothing important gets sucked in.
Now it's time to get inside the case. However, there are no screws that hold the case's beautiful side panels on, so how are you supposed to take them off? There are little tabs on the sides of the case that are made out of rubber that you can pull up on which will allow you to open the case. They act as the screws.
Now that we know how to get inside the case, let's take a look at what is inside of it!
When you first take the front cover off of the In Win B2 Stealth Bomber case, you are bombarded with a large black piece of plastic that spans from the front of the case to the back which acts as another air duct. The section closest to the PCI slots of of this air duct is where you are able to find two bright yellow 80mm fans that suck air in from the side air duct on the outside of the case.
When you release the interior air duct, you are able to expose the hidden hard drive cage and another bright yellow fan that happens to be 120mm. You are also able to see that the case comes equipped with a tool-less expansion slot solution. The hidden hard drive cage inside of the case, you can see that it is able to rotate a little bit, is easy to remove if you wish to switch out the front 120mm fan or for installing a hard drive in the cage and running the wires.
On the rear side of the case, there is a 120mm fan that will suck out some of the hot air that is sitting around in the case. Not only does this case have a good amount of air flow, there are also two pre-drilled holes that have rubber gaskets around the metal where you are able to put tubing through if you decide to add a water cooling setup to the case.
Behind the side panel that we removed are two areas where there are air filters to keep dust from coming into your case, as well as a CPU cooler air duct that runs from behind the air duct on the outside of panel and will fit on top of your stock CPU cooler. The CPU air duct is able to be moved along a track and be shortened or lengthened to the size of your cooler, which makes it universal and able to be used with some aftermarket air coolers.
Behind the front bezel is where you are able to see how In Win decided to wire the I/O panel on the side of the case, as well as the hidden motor which operates the front drive cover.
While you have the front cover off, you are able to pull out the shinny piece that is sitting in the bottom 5.25" drive bay. Inside of this piece is another tool-less feature of the case. There are yellow strips that you are able to place on the side of your hard drives or optical drives and then slide into the slot and they will lock into the bay, without using any screws. The other nice part about these strips is that they are coated with rubber so they absorb a lot of the vibrations the drives can produce.
|B2 Stealth Bomber|
435 x 235 x 525 mm
Side: 2x 80cm Fans
Rear: 1x 12cm Fan
Front: 1x 12cm Fan
External: 4x 5.25" & 2x 3.5"
Internal: 5x 3.5"
|Metallic Plastic & 0.8mm SECC Japaneese Steel|
USB 2.0 x 2, IEE 1394 x 1 Audio x 1, SPK x 1, eSATA x 2
ATX, Flex ATX, Mini ATX, Micro ATX
- Four Included Fans
- Fighter Jet-Like Auto-Sensing front door
- Front I/O Panel
- "W" Shaped side intakes inspired by B2 Bombers
- Dual Fan VGA Turbo cooling system
- Tool-less Features (Expansion slots, 5.25" & 3.5" Drives, and Side Panels)
- Shock-Free railing system
- Vibration-Free fan holder
To properly test this computer case, I will be testing for both idle temperatures as well as full load temperatures. To test the idle temperatures, I will be letting the computer sit for 30 minutes at idle. To test load, I will run a one hour OCCT stress test with a blend of both CPU and RAM, set at normal priority. I will be using SpeedFan version 4.32 to gather my system chipset, CPU core, and hard drive temperature readings. For the video card temperatures, I will be using ATI Tool version 0.27's built-in temperature monitor. To gather the full load temperatures of the GPU, I will be running 3DMark06 two times, back-to-back, then quickly looking at the temperature reading. All of the temperatures will be read in degrees Celsius.
- Processor: Intel E6600 @ 3400MHz (1000MHz Overclock)
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6
- Memory: Mushkin PC2-6400 (4GB)
- Video Card: HIS ATI Radeon X1950Pro (GPU @ 587MHz, Memory @ 770MHz)
- Power Supply: OCZ 700W GameXStream
- Hard Drive: Western Digital 320GB 16MB Cache SATA
- Optical Drive(s): Lite-on DVD-RW
- Case: In Win B2 Bomber
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
- Case: Thermaltake Armor Extreme Edition
- Case: Sigma Atlantis
- Heatsink: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate
The B2 Bomber did well when it was compared to the Thermaltake Armor Extreme Edition, as it was able to hang in there with it. It was able to soar above the Sigma Atlantis as well as the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 in just about every test that I threw at it.
The In Win B2 Stealth Bomber did very much soar above most of its competition when it comes down to temperatures. The B2 Stealth Bomber was able to keep all of the components cooler than all of the cases that I put it up against, except for the Thermaltake Armour Extreme Edition, though the temperatures were very close between the two. I was very impressed at how fast the front door opened after pressing the button, I was expecting it to move very slowly. The VGA cooling system that was integrated into the case was a very good idea and worked out very well by sucking fresh air in from the outside of the case and then having it directed only to the expansion slots and the hard drives. Not only did the case do its job by cooling, it was also able to look good at doing it. The simplistic black color and the airplane design looked great together. In Win has a winner with this case.
- Sleek Looks
- Inspired Design
- Cool Temps
- Motorized Front Door
- A Little Pricey