In Win Metal Suit GD Review

gotdamojo06 - 2008-05-03 12:06:22 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: May 13, 2008
In Win
Price: $119.99

Introduction:  

Have you been searching all over the place for a new computer case for your next build? Maybe your case has taken some battle damages during the years. In Win has released a new mid-tower computer case, called the Metal Suit GD. In Win has taken full advantage of its patented VGA Turbo cooling solution in the Metal Suit GD, which could prove to bring some of those graphics card temperatures down. I am interesting to see how the Metal Suit GD looks and performs and to see if it is somewhat similar to the design of the In Win Stealth B2 Bomber.  

Closer Look:  

When you take a look at the packaging for the In Win Metal Suit GD, you are able to see your first glimpse of the Metal Suit GD on the front of the box, which shows it off with the name "GunDam" above it, which is what In Win was calling this product in house, though it was not changed on the first batch of packages. On the front not only is there a picture of the Metal Suit GD, there is also a picture of a large robot, which goes along with the theme of the case. When you take a look at the back of the package, you are able to see the Metal Suit GD in the exact angle with the side panel taken off, so you are able to see what the inside of the case looks like, as well as a zoomed in picture of the VGA cooling ducting in the background. On one of the sides, you are able to see some of the major features In Win would like you to know about the Metal Suit GD along with some pictures to help explain them, while on the opposite side of the package you are able to see the specifications of the case, again with pictures to explain and show off.   

 

 

 

 

 

If you are just as anxious to see what the In Win Metal Suit GD looks like out of the box, then you are in luck, because so am I. When you first pull it out, you are able to see exactly how secure and safe the Metal Suit GD is inside the box. It is wrapped in a plastic bag to keep from getting any scratches with the molded foam protection on both the top and bottom assuring against any trauma that it may incur during the shipping process.  

 

 

 

Closer Look:

The Case:

When you finally get the In Win Metal Suit GD out of its protective packaging, you are able to see that it has a very unique look to it. The front of the case has a large door that keeps all of the 5.25" and 3.5" drives covered up to keep the overall look of the case very plain and uniform. When you take a look at the back of the case, you are able to see that it is very similar to just about every other mid-tower case out on the market, having the power supply at the top of the case along with a 120mm fan that will blow out some of the air from inside of the case. On the side of the Metal Suit GD, you are able to see that it has an air intake that is covered and raised up from the rest of the case, to direct the air in. The opposite side of the case is very simple, being a clean black.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As mentioned before, the front of the chassis houses a door that covers all of the drive bay slots, and it can be swung open to your right hand side. When you open the door, you reveal a very clean and sleek looking front plastic bezel of the case, which not only houses the four 5.25" and two 3.5" drive bays, but also has the power and reset buttons at the bottom. The backside of the door is also very sleek looking and has the look of a radiator.  

 

 

On the side of the front bezel is where the front IO panel is located. Unlike some cases, the Metal Suit GD does not have a cover for them, which is fine, though it does reduce the overall clean design of the case. This IO panel has one 1394 port, four USB 2.0 ports, one microphone and one headphone port.  

 

Still taking a look at this side, In Win put a lifted and covered air intake fan ducting on the side of the case to direct air from the front of the case area to be brought into the case. You can see that there is a very small opening in the slit, which could restrict some of the airflow, resulting in higher temperatures. However, it does look cool.  

 

Now that we know how the case is set up and how it looks, I think we need to take a look at everything that makes the In Win Metal Suit GD tick.  

 

Closer Look: 

Working Components: 

When you take the side panel off of the In Win Metal Suit GD, you will be surprised by a large piece of black plastic that makes its way all the way from the front bezel to the back side of the case. This large piece of molded black plastic has two fans located on it and acts as an air duct sucking fresh air in from outside of the case and moving it not only to the expansion cards that are installed inside, but also to the hard drive cage near the front. Right beside the two bright yellow 80mm fans is "In Win" printed on the black air duct.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

When you drop down the black air duct, you are able to reveal the hard drive cage that is completely covered by the large air duct. This is so that the hard drives that you may have installed are able to receive fresh air to be cooled with. When you take a closer look at the hard drive cage, you can see that directly in front of it a fan measuring in at 120mm size and colored bright yellow like the other fans. There is a tab that you are able to lift up that will allow you to rotate the cage a little so that you are able to remove the 120mm front air intake fan, as well as allow for a more convenient way to run any wires you need to hide.  

 

 

 

When you take a look at the back of the case, you can see that right by the spot where you mount the power supply, In Win has decided to make the Metal Suit GD computer case watercooling ready; this was done by drilling two holes and fitting them with rubber to keep the sharp edges from cutting the tubing as you shove it in the hole. Like just about every other case on the market, there is a 120mm fan on the back that will blow out the warm air from inside the case to keep the ambient temperature inside the case lower, which is the same with this case.  

 

 

The side panel that I removed earlier has two different air filters that are able to keep a lot of dust from being introduced in the chassis, which will result in less buildup between the fins of the heatsinks in your case. One of the sections on the top is not only an air filter, but is also an air duct. This enables the air being sucked in from your processor's heatsink/fan setup to be sucked directly in from outside of the case. The other filter is located toward the bottom of the panel and this is where the two 80mm fans on the big, black air duct pull their air from outside the case.  

 

 

Behind the front bezel of the case is where you can see how In Win wired up the lights to work on the front of the case, and how the front IO panel on the side of the case and power/reset buttons work. You can also see where the mesh that allows the 120mm fan in the front of the case to suck air in from.  

 

 

The Metal Suit GD has a unique feature. The installation of the 5.25" and 3.5" drives utilize a tool-less installation design; there are plastic strips that you set on the side of the drive and then all you have to do is slide it into the slot and it will stay in with a very small amount of vibration due to the rubber on the plastic strips.  

 

 

Specifications: 

Model
Metal Suit GD
Case Type
Mid Tower
Dimensions
237 x 233 x 553 mm
 
Cooling System
Side: 2x 80cm Fans
Rear: 1x 12cm Fan
Front: 1x 12cm Fan
 
Drive Bays
External: 4x 5.25" & 2x 3.5"
Internal: 5x 3.5"
Material
Metallic Plastic & 0.8mm SECC Japanese Steel
Expansion Slots
7 Slots
Power Supply
Not Included
I/O Panel
USB 2.0 x 4, IEE 1394 x 1 Audio x 1, SPK x 1
Motherboard Support
ATX, Flex ATX, Mini ATX, Micro ATX

 

Features: 

 

Testing:

To properly test the In Win Metal Suit GD, I will be testing for both idle temperatures as well as full load temperatures. To test the idle temperatures, I will be letting the computer sit for 30 minutes at idle. To test load, I will run a one hour OCCT stress test with a blend of both CPU and RAM, set at normal priority. I will be using SpeedFan version 4.32 to gather my system chipset, CPU core, and hard drive temperature readings. For the video card temperatures, I will be using ATI Tool version 0.27's built-in temperature monitor. To gather the full load temperatures of the GPU, I will be running 3DMark06 two times, back-to-back, then quickly looking at the temperature reading. All of the temperatures will be read in degrees Celsius.

 

Comparison Cases:

 

 

 

 

 

The In WIn Metal Suit GD computer case performed just above average compared against the other computer cases. The smaller side intake slit in this case did restrict the airflow going into the case in comparison to the slit that was on the In Win B2 Stealth Bomber case.

 

Conclusion:  

If you are looking for a very sleek looking computer case for your next build or to replace your aging case, the In Win Metal Suit GD could very well be the answer. The Metal Suit GD has a very simplistic design when it comes to the exterior of the case, there aren't many features on the outside and it flows together very well. I especially liked the the side air intake idea, however it did not prove to work as well as one may have hoped. The front door of the case lights up blue, which is a nice feature, though some may not think so. Fortunately, all you would have to do is disconnect the power wires if you did not like it. The case gets a good boost by the tool-less features that it harbors inside of itself. Not only does it have the tool-less expansion slots, but it also has tool-less 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays. The front door does look very futuristic, however it seems to be too large for my tastes. If it could have been flattened down a little, it would have been better. The fans that came with the case were very interesting looking as they were a very bright yellow and they were silent; however, the temperatures of the components inside of the case were slightly higher at some times than most of the other cases that it was compared against. Overall, I liked the case, it looked good and depending on what case you had previously, it could be better than what you currently have. I have a feeling that if some of the fans were swapped out, the temperatures could have gone down a little. I would recommend this case to someone who is looking for a sleek looking case, as long as space and temperatures are not a major factor in the build.

 

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