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Looking at INWIN's D-Frame Mini with the EK-Kit D240 Watercooling Kit

Looking at INWIN's D-Frame Mini with the EK-Kit D240 Watercooling Kit
INWIN and EKWB has teamed up to offer a combo deal on the D-Frame Mini case and EK-KIT D240 drop-in water cooling kit. Here's our take on it.
By: Chad Sebring | Open Air Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 8:15 pm

Introduction, Availability and Pricing

 

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For those that follow us on a regular basis, you may recall that we in fact took a look at the INWIN D-Frame Mini, and even while very specific in what can be housed inside of it as far as form factor is concerned, INWIN wanted us to have yet another look at what this chassis is capable of. This is not to say that we did not cover most if not all aspects of the chassis when we had our first look at it, but rather this time around it is more to show off the potential and capabilities when it comes to accommodating a serious system, and not just the plain Jane system we used to test with it previously.

 

This also has a lot to do with a joint venture that INWIN has put together with EKWB. In this sense, you will also find a review of a very similar system we previously tested in our CPU cooling reviews, but the major difference this time around is that the kit is slightly revised to be a "drop-in" setup that allows anyone with the D-Frame Mini a simple solution for custom water cooling. Not only do you get all of the goodies and top tier components that we have seen from EK in the past, but to make this kit work with this chassis, there is a special HDD plate that comes in the kit to allow the pump/reservoir combo unit to be installed like an HDD, again making things as simple as possible for anyone looking to make this happen.

 

Since we already have a really good idea of what the EKWB kit is capable of, and with previous build experience inside of the D-Frame Mini, we are very interested to get our hands on this near complete system that INWIN has sent for us to have a look at today. While keeping with the mainstream gamer feel to the build, we are indeed impressed with what they are able to get into this chassis, and even though we had to fit our own GPU in the chassis and refill the loop, INWIN and EKWB have made beautiful music together when it comes to this pairing of minds. Time now to dive in and show all of you just what sort of possibilities can be had, even when dealing with a smaller form factor chassis such as this.

 

Typically at this point we would be discussing all of the particulars of either the INWIN D-Frame Mini, or even the EK-Kit D240 that is offered for us in this build, but you can get everything you need about the chassis here in our review, and as to the kit from EKWB, you will find all of the information of that here in our review also, minus the special bracket and it offering a 360mm radiator versus the 240mm one offered here.

 

So, rather than to rehash all of the obviousness that we already grasp about both manufacturers contribution to this idea, we need to talk pricing and availability. The chassis still comes with an MSRP of $350.00, that has not changed since we first looked at it. As for the EK-Kit D240 that you will need to grab as an additional purchase at this time, we find that listed at EKWB.com for another $339.99. Right off the bat it is easy to see that this is not a wallet friendly endeavor if we already have near $700 into the chassis and cooling and have yet to even think about the parts that do most of the work in a PC. We are also told that there are plans with Newegg.com to offer a combo kit if you will, where you will be able to buy the chassis and custom water cooling in one purchase, and hopefully they may even discount it a bit as a packaged deal, but as of now, that is still in the works and we can assume as soon as INWIN knows more, we will see something from them in the news when and if it does happen.

 

- You can buy the EK EK-KIT D240 (In Win D-Frame Mini drop-in) Water Cooling Kit and In Win D-Frame mini in black, orange or red at Scorptec Computers.

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