In Win Buc Review
Reviewed by: Compxpert
Reviewed on: April 19, 2011
Choosing the right case is basically the first step in any build. The right case should allow you to make the best use of your rig. Whether your looking for expandability or even just the basics, the case you choose should provide just what you want without breaking the bank. Up for review today is a new case from IN WIN that is simply called Buc. IN WIN packed loads of features into this mid-tower package. The case is mostly tool-less and even features externally-accessible hard drive bays, much like the ThermalTake Level 10 and Level 10 GT. Additionally, the case comes with three 120mm fans right out of the box. So what other tricks does this case have up its sleeve?
As already mentioned, the case has external access to the internal hard drive bays though the side panel. The back of the box depicts a shield and "Buc Destiny Lite Series" off to the side. Just below that are a list of some other prominent features of the case. Next up we have the right side of the box, which shows the features of the case. Last up is the left side of the box, which displays the specifications table for the case.
Once open, we find our new case wrapped in a plastic bag and sandwiched between two pieces of Styrofoam.
Well so far it's unboxed, but what's underneath the bag?
Starting with the left side panel, we have what appears to be a keyed door that opens to allow access into three of the internal hard drive bays, enabling you to swap drives. Additionally, the side panel supports up to two 120mm fans, which are optional in the default configuration. The front of the case sports an IN WIN logo that can be lit up, if desired. Also on the front panel are some I/O plugs, which consist of one eSATA, two USB 2.0 ports, and front MIC and Audio out connections. Lastly, we have our right side panel. Both side panels are removable once both of the latch catches have been released on the side of the panel you wish to remove.
As you probably noticed, yes that is a USB 3.0 cable protruding from out of the top panel. The back of the case also features seven expansion slots and water cooling capabilities via the two rubber grommets. The top panel sports a 120mm fan and there are a total of three fans included with this case, which is plus. Also on the top panel is our lone USB 3.0 port and its accompanying tray that allows you to sit a hard drive dock on top of the case.
Last, but certainly not least, we have our feet, which consist of two rubber circles on the front and two rubberized feet in the back. Between the rubber feet in the rear is a fan filter for your PSU.
Well this case does certainly have a few nice features, but what else is in store on the inside?
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?
External 5.25" x 3, 3.5" x 1
Internal 3.5" / 2.5" device converter cage x 5 (Hot-Swap module x 4)
M/B Form Factor
ATX / Micro-ATX
ATX 12V, PSII Size
I/O Expansion Slots
PCI-E / PCI / AGP Slot x 7
USB 3.0 x 1
USB 2.0 x 2
eSATA x 1
12cm Front Fan x 1
12cm Rear Fan x 1
12cm Top Fan x 1
Maximum Supports 12cm Side Fan x 2 (Optional)
Water-Cooling Hole Ready
Dimension (H x W x D)
485 x 210 x 506mm (19.1" x 8.3" x 19.9")
- Shield protection design and top build quality
- With strong, hard wearing SECC steel and a black coating throughout, accompanied by esthetic design resembling the 'Shield' concept, the BUC is not only attractive it's built to last!
- EZ-Swap SATA with security
- With three lockable, EZ-Swap SATA HDD bays; In-Win has designed a PC chassis that's both highly flexible and manageable, while retaining important security demand of the users.
- Build your PC with ease
- The motherboard tray hole behind the CPU socket allows easy removal of back-mounted CPU coolers, without having to remove the motherboard, while a tool-free design for optical drives and hard drives makes the PC building it quick and easy.
- Backlighting as a standard
- With a front LED fan and backlit red In-Win logo, the dark case is offset for attractive visual additions.
- Stable, reliable PC builds
- The base mounted PSU increases case stability and an included, removable fan filter protects it against the dust and dirt.
- Super Speed USB 3.0 and storage tray
- With Super-Speed USB 3.0 and a place to drop your keys, phone or portable hard drives, the BUC provides convenient and practical interior and exterior for every enthusiast.
All information courtesy of Inwin @ http://www.inwin-style.com/website/pd/pd_detail.php?iw_lanid=0&iw_name_id=513&iw_pd_id=13
For testing the case, I ran a set of very simple load and idle tests on the CPU, GPU, HDD, and chipset. For load testing the GPU, I use the Folding@Home GPU client. For the CPU and chipset, I use Prime 95 in blend, which stresses the CPU and related components. Finally, for the HDD, I stress it using HDTune. For all load tests, I apply the selected load using the application for an hour, after which I record the temperature. For all idle testing, I simply allowed the computer to idle for a whole hour, after which I recorded the temperature. The CPU temp is derived from RealTemp and the rest from HWMonitor.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67GHz
- Motherboard: DFI Lanparty UT X58-T3eH8
- Memory: Mushkin Ridgeback 998827 PC3 12800 3x2GB
- Graphics Card: XFX HD5870 1GB
- Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 500GB SATA 7200.12
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Ambient Temperature: 22 °C
- Lian-Li PC60-FWB customized with two 120mm top panel fans added in
- ThermalTake Level 10 GT
Well Buc certainly did stand up well against the competition and it actually took three of the eight tests.
So the IN WIN Buc held up well in testing and also hit home with some great features. I really liked the black interior of the case, which is always a nice touch when compared to a plain inside. What really struck me as a nice feature was the ability to have up to five hard drives installed at once, even though one of them isn't able to be hot plugged due to the lack of a slot for the fifth drive. A good case is never complete without a few fans to keep it cool and the Buc didn't disappoint with its three fans. The featured tool-less solutions were a nice touch since they allow you to install 3.5/2.5" hard drives, as well as 5.25" drives and expansion slot devices with relative ease. What ultimately made Buc an all around good case was its externally-accessible hard drive tray, which allows you to get drives out and swap them without having to remove the side panel. Although it is nice that IN WIN included a locking mechanism for this, ultimately it doesn't really secure much, as one only needs to take off the side panel to have keyless access to your hard drives. With all these great features, you must be wondering how much it costs. Well a quick search reveals not too many etailers actually carry it besides the IN WIN eStore, where the case retails for a rather nice $110. So if you are looking for a mid-tower case with some space for drives and fans, you really should consider adding this one to your list.
- All-black interior
- Support for five hard drives
- Comes with three fans with room for two more
- Tool-less solutions
- Heatsink/Waterblock Hole
- Externally-accessible hard drives
- Lock for externally-accessible drives really doesn't serve much of a purpose without a case lock too
- Only four of the five hard drives are hot-swappable