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IN WIN Dragon Slayer Micro-ATX Chassis - Final Thoughts

Only just hitting the floor at Computex, TweakTown gets an early look at the Dragon Slayer from IN WIN.

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 1, 2010 3:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: IN WIN

Final Thoughts

 

The Dragon Slayer does have a limited market, as I feel most users still prefer a full ATX board, but as with everything tech, eventually it shrinks in size more and more and offers even more performance. If this is where you sit, looking to build your next rig, I got to say I really like the layout and the exterior design. Even though it is modeled to resemble a mighty warrior, it holds a certain industrial look. Even if dragons aren't your thing, or slaying them is too much work, this case is still quite attractive and a good solution to a specific niche.

 

Even though this is an early sample, I still feel I should review a few of the negatives. First, I will go with the expansion card lock. While they will keep a card functional, they aren't very secure on their own and do need backed up with a screw, sort of negating the purpose to be there. Second on the list is the choice of fans. Using 90mm fans left the Dragon Slayer with an audible whine. On top of that, the fans run at a slow RPM in order to keep the sound down, thus providing "not so great" air flow. The 140mm fans do move quite a bit more air and are near silent during operation. Lastly, I have to point out the front panel lighting. While I hope it was just a fluke, I want IN WIN to know to at least have a look there.

 

I really wish I had some more solid information pertaining to an actual release date, or a line on a MSRP. With The Dragon Slayer just being highlighted at Computex, I am sure news of both will be forth coming very soon. Like I said, for those of you who are at the show, go have a look for yourselves, the case is well worth the time to check it out. To make a judgment call on the case with limited information on pricing, I can only speculate. I will go as far as to say this. As I expect the Dragon Slayer will go for less than $100, it is an average entry to the market. I mean, you can get quite a few smaller chassis' at this price range. I'm leaning more that they are going to try and offer it for around the $75 USD mark or possibly less. If so, this makes for a really attractive buy for both aesthetics and your wallet. Since I am only guessing at most of this, I will reserve the right to change the award when the information is presented, if it does in fact qualify for an award.

 

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