In Win Dragon Rider ReviewCompxpert - December 29, 2010
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Now we finally have our first look at the inside of our case. Everything seems well placed and the case is capable of even housing an E-ATX board. The only case I remember last reviewing with that capability was the ThermalTake Element V case. Of course it wouldn't be all that great of a case if there wasn't a hole behind the motherboard tray for easy access to heatsink or water block brackets. Without this you would have to pull the motherboard in order to access the back-plate. The case of course is outfitted with several tool-less solutions one of which is a very well constructed one for securing rear expansion devices. Here we have the spot where our PSU goes and a fan filter should you choose to mount it fan-side down. Sadly if that is something you do, you'll have to remove the PSU to clean this filter as the PSU sits directly on it.
Another great feature is the sheer amount of 3.5" drives that can be installed, which is six. As with the rear expansion slots the drives install using a tool-less solution. Next up we have a look at the inside of the 5.25" bays and our tool-less solution holder. The front panel is easily detached when needed which you need to do if you have to remove the tool-less storage holder. Last thing here is a view of the case without the front panel cover installed.
Behind the motherboard tray is quite a bit of space. Not only that but the sheer amount of access between the interior of the case and the area behind the motherboard tray is amazing. During installation of the components I had no trouble routing all cabling behind the tray or getting the panel to close afterward.
Next up we have a shot of our top panel connections which consists of 2x USB 2.0, 2x SuperSpeed USB 3.0, IEEE 1394, microphone, Headphone, and dual eSATA. Now we have a closer look at the rear case fan. Nothing exists in specification for any of the fans so all I can say is they are either 120mm or 220mm if it's the side panel intake fan. Next up is the front 120mm fan which like the rear is not an LED fan.
Last of all the 120mm fans not yet pictured, is the top 120mm fan. Moving on we have a shot of the right side panel which has a 120mm LED fan, which sits behind the heatsink back-plate of the motherboard. Apparently In Win intends for this to help cool the CPU. Next up is the left side panel with the 220mm LED fan. Also take notice the foam insulation on the inside which was last seen in the review of the In Win IronClad case. The insulation is supposed to help with internal sound dampening. Here we have a shot of the one side of the tool-less solution holder which is currently showing the 5.25" holding sliders.
Now on the flip-side of the tool-less solution holder we have the 3.5" sliders. Some case manufactures are still thinking of those of us who have maybe have a 3.5" external device such as a internal card reader or even a floppy drive. In Win has graciously included a external 5.25" to external 3.5" bay conversion caddy just for this purpose. Finally we move onto the hardware and packaging seen on the first page. Hardware is hardware, though more importantly is what is in the other bag and pictured next. I'm sure you've run into this problem in a build where you simply cannot hide away that 8-pin CPU power cable because it won't reach if you do. For the first time, at least to my knowledge, a case manufacturer has included two extension cables.
Moving on to the last part, we have a close look at what is inside the hardware bag. Included of course are several screws some of which are provided for the PSU, motherboard, and some even specifically for mounting fans on the left side panel. Also included are some zip-ties, a speaker, and some clips to use to manage wires.
Last but not least we have to show the finished product with everything installed. The case only has one small downfall. After I got everything in and attempted to close the left panel I was unable to, due to the 220mm fan coming into contact with Thor's Hammer. Being that I had to have the panel on, the fan had to go, which means it will be tested without it. If there was a little more clearance, it could have fit and I couldn't even fit a 120mm fan in the space between the panel and heatsink. So if you happen to have a tall heatsink, you might not be able to get it together with the 220mm fan installed.
So one little hiccup but the case did wonderfully in every other aspect so far. How well will it stack up in testing? Let's find out.