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In-Win Q500

Former staff writer    -   April 4, 2001
Category: Cases
Motherboard Express
Price: $99


Introduction

This is one mosterous case. It comes with a slide-out motherboard tray and screwless front panels, as well as rotating foot stands. This Q500 that I am reviewing has a 300Watt power supply. There is a Q500 /w 250Watt power supply avaliable from MotherBoard Express at a lower cost.



The Package

Below is what you get in the package when purchased from MotherBoard Express This case has (5) 5.25" bays, (1) External Floppy 3.5", and (5) Internal HD 3.5" as you can see you have plenty of room to grow. The power supply is a 300watt with long cables that include: (6) HDD,CD-ROM,DVD,ect molex connectors and (2) Floppy molex connectors. The power supply also has a fan in the back with a fan grill, which is a nice touch. There is (3) places to put fans in this case (You can always mod the case if you want more :)). These three places are pre-drilled for the screws of the fans, which I love! In the bag of screws you will find motherboard spacers so you can mount your motherboard also, in the bag you will find some PCI slot covers to cover any slots you don't use.



Specifications

  • Full Tower ATX Case
  • 250 or 300Watt ATX Power Supply
  • External Mounting Bays: 5 - 5.25" and 1 - 3.5"
  • Additional Internal Bays: 5 - 3.5"
  • Sliding motherboard tray
  • Includes mounting pegs for motherboard
  • Includes big-o-bag of screws
  • Includes all cables
  • Swivel feet
  • Detachable 3.5" drive cage for easy installation, upgrade or exchange of hardisk
  • Side Panel air vents
  • Front panel is screwless
  • Dimensions: W-23 5/8" H-7 7/8" D-17 1/16"

    Installation

    This is a back view of the case. Very overclocker friendly. I think a few fans in the back would do some good, but we'll do that another day :) I especially like this case for the pre-drilled fan holes which makes it much easier and faster to install fans.



  • Here is the inner guts of the case. I was amazed to find no sharp edges once I looked inside of this case.



    Here is the motherboard tray out of the case. This motherboard tray is very sturdy. Most motherboard trays are flimsy until you get your motherboard and peripherals in it.



    Here is a backview of the case with my motherboard installed with all of my peripherals.



    Here is the inner guts with all of my stuff in it. It's messy because I didn't take my time :/ because I was so anxious to get this baby up and going.



    Conclusion

    The looks of the case is great, and I love the design of the side panels. The slide-out motherboard tray is a very nice and useful feature. This case has lots of potential for overclocking/case modding but, we are saving that for another day :) I want to say thanks to Justin at MotherBoard Express
    for donating this case for this review. Head on over there and pick one up. I think you will be very happy with this case. I sure am!

    Pros:
    • Good Quality and well built
    • Plenty of hard drive space and room to grow
    • Easily overclockable
    • Side Panel air vents
    • (3) Pre-drilled fan placements
    • Front panel is screwless easy removable for easier installations.

    Cons:
    • 30lbs. Can be considered heavy to carry to lan party's.



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