IN WIN Fanqua Reviewjlqrb - December 13, 2009
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With the side panels off of the case you can see that the Fanqua has a clean and simple internal layout. You also get your first look at the motherboard tray, which supports both standard ATX and Micro ATX motherboards. IN WIN has decided against using the regular motherboard mounting system and instead uses one where the motherboard standoffs are a part of the motherboard tray itself. There are nine bumps across the motherboard tray with screw holes in each one that line up to fit ATX sized motherboards. For Micro-ATX you will need to use the extra included standoffs and screw them into the motherboard tray where needed.
The internal drives bays are located at the upper front part of the case and can support up to five 5.25" drives and one 3.5" drive. Each bay has its own tool-less rail that holds the drive into place. The rails are secured by simply placing the metal inserts into the screw holes on the drive and turning the locking clip to a vertical position. To remove the rail you turn the locking clip horizontally and pull it out, which loosens the drive allowing it to be pulled out from the front of the case.
The bottom three 5.25" drive bays house a removable hard drive cage that can hold up to three drives. The cage must be removed before any hard drives can be installed in it, this is not an issue though, as the cage is easily removed internally or from out of the front of the case. To remove the cage you need to take the bottom three tool-less rails out and then slide the cage in the direction you choose.
The CPU back-plate access area is quite large on the Fanqua and should be able to fit multiple socket types. My ASUS AM3 motherboard happened to fit nicely, which allowed for full access to the back-plate.
The Fanqua uses a tool-less mounting system to secure expansion cards into place. The expansion access areas come covered with a non-reusable metal cover. This means when you remove the cover it cannot be put back into place. This can be a major annoyance if you change out expansion cards often. Below the rear expansion area is the bottom mounted power supply area. This area has two stand-offs on the sides that will create some room between the PSU and the bottom of the case to improve air flow. There is also a filtered air vent that will also improve airflow and at the same time prevent dust from getting into your power supply.
The 120mm fans included with the IN WIN Fanqua use a 3-pin header and runs off 12v and draw 0.32A. While researching the fans I found that they are ARX DC brush-less fans, but there was not too much to go on other than that. The large 220mm LED side intake fan states that it is a 12v fan with a 0.23A draw.
Once I had all of my components in, the Fanqua was quite cramped and with no cable management there was little that could be done. Unfortunately cable management was not the only issue I ran into during installation. While installing my graphics card, I simply could not get the card to fit while the rear I/O expansion tool-less bracket was in place. Once the bracket was removed from the case I was able to fit my graphics card in, but I was not able to reinstall the tool-less bracket to secure the graphics card, as the locks on it were just too big for the dual slot design of the GTX260. The next installation issue dealt with the hard drive cage. Once the motherboard was placed into the case, the SATA ports blocked the HDD cage from being removed from inside the case. This is not a huge issue, but if you need to remove or install a hard drive, you will need to remove the front panel each time to do so. Securing the hard drives into the cage was also a bit of an issue as it was a tad awkward to get the screws into their proper location. Once you finish installation though and power up the system, the LED lights come on, which gives a nice look to the case.
Now with all of my components in we can move on and start to test the cooling performance of the Fanqua. I am interested in seeing how well the 220mm side case fan performs against other cases with less cooling coming in from the side.