CES 2012 CoverageBosco - January 19, 2012
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IN WIN was showing off a bunch of cases and power supplies this year, but the one that really caught our attention right away was the Dragon Rider chassis. The one on display was a sleek white, but it's also available in black. The case is completely decked out with everything you'd expect and a little more. It comes equipped with a 220mm LED side fan and another 120mm LED fan on the opposite side for the CPU, and you can add more 120mm fans in the front, rear, and top. The 220mm fan can be swapped for a 240mm radiator if you're going the liquid cooling route or six 120mm fans. The case is rather large, as you've probably guessed, measuring in at 21.9" x 9.4" x 22.8" (HxWxD) and supporting E-ATX, ATX, and Micro-ATX motherboards, with up to eight expansion slots. There are five external 5.25" drive bays, but IN WIN also includes one 5.25"-to-3.5" cage, to go along with the six internal 3.5" drive bays and one 2.5" bay. All the bays feature patented anti-vibration rails for tool-free installation. For the top I/O ports, you get two USB3.0, two USB2.0, 2 eSATA, a FireWire port, and HD/AC'97 Audio ports.
Another case on display was the recently announced XFrame. It's a limited edition, open-frame chassis that would certainly make bench testing easier. Unlike your standard open-frame chassis, the XFrame can stand vertically or horizontally.
The last couple of cases that caught our eye were 2012 full-tower concept models. One of the cool features is found on the top I/O panel — an orange-colored USB port. Why the special coloring? This port is always on, making it great for charging your mobile phones and MP3 players without having to turn on your computer.
Along with its cases, IN WIN had power supplies from its Commander II and Glacier lines. The Commander II PSUs come in 1200W, 850W, and 750W flavors, featuring 80 Plus Bronze certification. Other features include a modularized cable management system, four +12V rails, a DC to DC VRM design, dual primary Japanese solid state capacitors, gold-plated high current terminals, a silent 135mm double ball-bearing fan, and a five-year warranty. The Glacier series comes in at 900W, with 80 Plus Gold certification, featuring many of the same features, but a single +12V rail for maximum stability and a fairly hefty seven-year warranty.
Lastly, we met some StarCraft II celebrities — Marcus Graham (djWheat) and Bryce Bates (Machine from Team Evil Geniuses).