In Win Buc ReviewCompxpert - April 19, 2011
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Looking inside, the first thing that really catches my eye is the black paint on the inside. Besides the paint, I find it quite nice that IN WIN put five 3.5" drive bays in here and has cleverly labeled one of these "system" so you can keep track of which drive the OS is on. Even nicer is that everything, besides of course the motherboard and PSU, installs with relative ease thanks to the tool-less solutions available on the 5.25" bay, 3.5" bay, and expansion slots. The case includes a total of four 5.25" bays, as well as a single external 3.5" bay for card readers or floppy drives. With the front panel removed, we reveal the front 120mm LED fan and gain access to the bays behind it.
On the back of the case, we have a slew of wires that connect into the internal hard drive dock. Oddly, although the case includes a total of five 3.5" drive bays, only four of them are hotswap capable and only three of them can actually be accessed from outside the case. Next up is our good old hole in the tray, which allows you to swap waterblocks and heatsinks without the need to remove your motherboard. It seems to have become a staple now among many brands to carry a hole in the tray and it is always a nice touch. Further on we have a closer look at the back of the front panel. Here you can see the power connector for the lighted logo on front as well as the wires for all the front panel I/O connections. Lastly, the top panel is conviently removable, providing access to the 120mm fan and sporting the USB 3.0 port.
Here we have shot of the case from the top with the top panel removed. To the right of the fan hole, you'll notice a tab. This tab pulls down just a bit inside the case and once down allows the top panel to freely slide backward and off the case. Moving on we have a close look at just one of the 3.5" tool-less trays. Every tray is also capable of supporting 2.5" drives, should you have any laptop drives or solid state drives. Not much is really revealed about the fans included with the case other than their size and the one fan being a clear blue LED fan.
Included with the case are a total of two fan filters — one for the PSU and the other for the front intake fan. Up next are the front panel I/O connections, as well as the included hardware and keys. The finished build turned out quite nice, as I found adequate space to run wires behind the motherboard tray and the tool-less solutions made installation even quicker. The only complaint I really have is my top brackets for my heatsink, which hold the 120mm fans in place, became a bit squished once the motherboard was installed, so it seems IN WIN didn't plan for you to install tall heatsinks. Other than that, all seems to fit in well — just make note that tall heatsinks will inhibit your ability to install two fans on the side panel.
Well the case wire-managed quite well, but how well does it actually perform under stress?