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IN WIN Maelstrom Full Tower Chassis - Final Thoughts

From what I have seen in the past, IN WIN likes to bring unique looking products to the market. Let's see if the Maelstrom follows suit.

| Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 22, 2010 5:13 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: IN WIN

Final Thoughts

 

As you can see, the Maelstrom isn't as "option packed" as the X-Fighter, but does offer all of the same "ideas". While it may not have a dedicated fan cooling the GPU's that is built into the interior, I think the door panel and what you can easily do with it compensates for the removal of the smaller GPU cooler of the aforementioned X-Fighter. I was pleased to see they painted the interior of the Maelstrom and while adding the sound deadening material to the door panels may not be needed, it is welcomed with open arms. Silence is key in my purchases these days and for a chassis with a full ventilated panel, it does do a nice job of limiting the fans ambient hum from escaping the interior and harassing your ears.

 

While I couldn't find a whole lot of hard information on the fans IN WIN places inside the chassis, these 120mm fans do supply a good amount of flow and with not so much noise that it reminded me of my older builds, where I was more worried about how low temperatures could go than the health of my ear less than a foot away. IN WIN offers a nice blend of flow, with little audible abuse. If you plan to add your own fans, choose carefully, as a few loud fans in the door panel could make this chassis not very enjoyable if it sits on top of your desk as mine does.

Rebates don't last forever, and with my experience it's never guaranteed either, so let's look at this for what it is. Newegg's $109 asking price is both fair and well worth the money in my opinion. I know for a fact when I rushed out to get the Antec 900 some years ago, I paid well over this, and to me the Maelstrom offers more than that chassis ever did. If you are a rebound hound and know how to work the system, the $20 mail in rebate doesn't hurt at all, and actually leaves you money to buy a tube of TIM or possibly a new optical drive while you are there.

 

As I say, they come and go, so by the time you read this it may not still be valid, so I based all my facts and figures on the actual retail pricing, which still leaves the IN WIN Maelstrom a force to be reckoned with when looking to buy a full tower chassis with both good looks and a long list of options that can do nothing but make your experience with the chassis even that much better.

 

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