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In Win Matrix Review

damian    -   April 8, 2009
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Conclusion:

When I first received the In Win Matrix case, I had some doubts. I expected it to be a pain to get the computer up and running using this case. But once the case was taken apart, everything went well with some minor setbacks. I was confused as to how I was suppose to completely disassemble the case. The side panel would not come out and I didn't want to force it out. Out of frustration I accidentally did apply force and what do you know, the side panel finally slid out. It might take some effort, maybe more than other cases, but you need not to worry, the material used for this case is above average. The only place it does lack is with the front and back panel, the plastic hinges can break easily. Installation couldn't have been easier; with the power supply already installed, all that was left was the motherboard, hard drive, and optical drive. There were a couple of problems I ran into during installation though. For starters, I was not able to install the included fan. The motherboard's system connectors (Power Switch, Reset, HDD LED, Power LED) blocked the fan's access. I thought this would really hurt in the long run since the computer would be running without a case fan but I was wrong. As you can see from the graphs, temperatures were either at or below the safe zone. The last problem I had was trying to get a video card installed. I tried installing my old 3850 but the positioning of the expansion slots and motherboard was a no go. I'm sure a low profile card could fit though.


Overall, I was pleased with the features as well as the cooling performance. It certainly has the potential and the look to serve as an HTPC rather than a gaming chassis. I say this because In Win's website has this case classified as a "gaming" chassis. I just can't see how though. It might just be me, but for one, 300 watts isn't going to cut it in my book. Even for the average gamer a quality 400W would be the minimum, in my opinion. Second, size is definitely an issue, limiting the form factor to m-ATX standards can be dealt with but ruling out most aftermarket coolers is another thing. You would have to look for coolers that are about the same size as Intel's or AMD's stock cooler or look for a small design heatsink. Though it may be described as a gaming chassis, it can still be the perfect solution for an HTPC or an average home or office computer.

 

Pros:

  • Ease of assembly
  • Great looks
  • Plenty of ventilation
  • Adequate cooling
  • Included 300W power supply

 

Cons:

  • Price
  • One fan included
  • Low quality bezel hinges
  • Limited CPU heatsink space

 

 




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