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In Win Dragon Slayer Review

ajmatson    -   August 19, 2010
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Closer Look:

As I mentioned earlier, the In Win Dragon Slayer is modeled after the medieval knights, hence the Dragon Slayer name.  Looking at the Dragon Slayer, the first thing I noticed was the huge mesh screen that covers the majority of the left side panel. This to me looks like the chain mail that knights used to wear for protection, with this resembling the protection from heat by allowing cool air to freely flow. You can also attach four 120mm intake fans to the side panel, to increase the amount of cool air over your hot components. On the right side there is a small mesh cutout to aid in ventilation. The top of the chassis has a huge 140mm exhaust fan to vent out the hot air created from the CPU and other components. Since warm air rises, this will quickly expel the hotter air and allow cooler air to fill the space. At the bottom of the case there is the cutout for the power supply intake fan. This ensures cool air coming into the PSU and being exhausted out of the rear of the chassis, as long as your PSU is setup this way for cooling. There is also a dust filter to that covers the PSU intake area to keep the air and your power supply clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is one external 5.25" bay and one 3.5" bay at the top of the chassis for a DVD burner and possibly a media card reader. Under the top bays is where the front panel connectors and buttons are. The front connections consist of a speaker and mic port, two USB 2.0 ports colored black, and one USB 3.0 port colored blue. To use the USB 3.0 port you must have a motherboard with USB 3.0 support and an available USB 3.0 port on the motherboard back I/O panel. Under the ports are the switches and system LEDs. The reset button is the small slim button directly under the power switch and between the LEDs. To push it you must use something small like a flat head screwdriver, which will make it a real pain to push in a pinch. For the system LEDs, there are two - a blue one on the left and an amber one on the right, which flashes for hard drive activity. In the middle of the case there is the In Win logo, which glows a bright blue when the system is turned on. Be prepared, the blue system LED and the logo are very bright and can light up a room on their own.

 

 

On the bottom of the case there are two more 5.25” removable bay covers. Behind the covers is the drive cage for the 3.5" hard drives and an associated cooling fan. The cage can be removed completely if not in use and up to two 5.25” devices can be put in its place if needed. When the front cover is removed, you can get a better look at the inner design. The next pictures show the two top bays, the cables for operation, and the two front cooling fans. The main cooling fan is a 140mm intake fan and the drive cage has another 80mm intake fan. At the rear of the chassis there is the motherboard I/O panel cutout, five expansion slots, a 90mm exhaust fan, and three cable cutouts. The two cable cutouts above the exhaust fan are for passing water tubing from an external unit into the chassis. The third cutout above the I/O panel area is for the USB 3.0 cable to pass through and plug into the motherboard.

 

 

 

To make use of the front panel ports and switches, there are several cables and leads that need to be utilized. The blue USB cable is used to extend USB 3.0 support to the front; there is a two-wire Molex plug used to provide the power to light up the In Win logo; there are the front panel switch and activity header leads, one USB 2.0 header lead for the two USB 2.0 ports, and the audio header leads for the mic and speaker ports.

 

 

Now that we have taken a good look at the outside of the Dragon Slayer, we can open the case up and look at the inner workings.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications and Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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