In Win Dragon Slayer Reviewajmatson - August 19, 2010
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After removing the side panels, you can get a good overview of the construction design of the In Win Dragon Slayer. The case is completely blacked out, complementing its mysterious glow. To provide contrast, the plastics of the chassis are colored yellow, which really makes them stand out, which, in my opinion, is done in a pleasing way. For a small mATX case there is a lot of room to work in and add those larger graphics cards. This will also help with air circulation, which will reduce overall temperatures of the components. The motherboard tray is not removable, but there are many cutouts for routing cables and keeping the case layout clean for airflow. There is also a large cutout for access to the rear of the motherboard. This helps with maintenance of the heat sink, allowing it to be removed and replaced without having to remove all of the components and the motherboard itself. There is also a good amount of room between the motherboard tray and the right side panel for cable routing.
At the top front of the case, there is one external 5.25” bay and one external 3.5" bay. For smaller hard drives and SSDs there is also one internal 2.5” available, in the form of mounting tabs. Just slide the drive in place and screw in the right side and you can place your small drive out of the way. Under the top bays, there is the front 140mm intake fan we that saw earlier designed to suck cool air in and blast it over the hot components. Below the main intake fan is the hard drive cage. The cage occupied two 5.25” bays which can be removed and optical drives put into its place if desired.
The 3.5” hard drives are installed into the removable hard drive cage at the bottom of the chassis. The cage can accommodate up to three full sized hard drives using a near tool free design. You have to screw the rails on to the drives and then slide them into the cage. There are robber grommets on the rails for the screws, which reduce vibration noise during operation. Next is another look at the 80mm fan that is used to cool the hard drives. If the fan is not wanted, you can remove it by taking out four screws holding it in. One hidden gem is that you can also fit another 2.5" drive in the cage without the need for a 2.5” to 3.5” converter. There are four screws holes on the bottom of the cage where you screw them into the bottom of the 2.5” drive to keep it in place. This allows you to have up to three 3.5” drives in the cage, or two 3.5” and one 2.5” drive installed.
Toward the rear of the case, there are two cooling fans designed to exhaust the hot air out of the system. At the top there is a 140mm and on the rear next to the motherboard back panel cutout there is a 90mm fan. For the five expansion slots, there are quick release tabs for a tool-less lock and unlock of your expansion cards. The locks can be removed with a quick release lever, allowing the whole unit to come out in one piece. Out of the five expansion slot covers, only one is able to be removed and replaced. The other four are held on by small tabs and once they are removed they cannot be put back later if you are no longer using that space.
The PSU sits at the bottomon the Dragon Slayer. This allows the power supply to draw cooler air from under the case, keeping the internals cooler than if it was pulling warm air from the inside of the case. There is a removable dust filter to protect the power supply from becoming dusty.
Finally, we have the shot of the system installed. Notice how much room there is with the full size graphics card in place. One thing I would like to point out is that with the compact size of the case, there is limited room for the CPU heat sink. I was not able to install our standard test heatsink, the Noctua NH-U12P SE, because it was too tall. Instead I had to use a low profile heatsink, the Thermaltake ISGC-400, to keep from hitting the side panel. If you install the optional 120mm fans on the side panel, you will have to be extra careful about choosing a CPU cooler.
Now that we have seen the In Win Dragon Slayer in all of its glory, how about we get into the testing?