Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Earlier cases like the Griffon and the Maelstrom were from the same Destiny Series of case designs that led up to the Dragon Slayer and Rider cases. The BUC is no exception. This all black, steel, mid tower chassis takes features of all the cases I mentioned while still offering a look that is all its own. The mix of large protruding ventilation and optical drive covers make the front of the chassis very unique to look at. The top most section of the front bezel contains the I/O panel with its pair of USB 2.0 connections, e-SATA port and audio and microphone jacks. The top of the chassis has a large catch-all tray that is surrounded in a carbon fiber-like pattern molded into the ABS plastic. In this tray, and almost hidden, is where you will find the USB 3.0 connectivity. There is a panel on the left side that uses the same mesh as the front bezel to offer a bit of optional ventilation.
Along with the capability to hold both ATX and m-ATX motherboards, the inside has a lot to offer. Four 5.25" bays top the drive bay rack, while only three are accessible from the outside. In the middle there is a 5.25" bay that has been converted to house a 3.5" floppy drive. At the bottom arranged to be removed and installed through the door rather than through the front, there are five removable trays that are all hot swappable, but only three of which are accessible via the locking door in the side of the chassis. The rest of the steel interior is painted black in the BUC and most of the wiring is coated black, except for the rainbow ribbon cables for the power, reset, etc. With the hard drive trays and the tool-free locks on the drives, along with the tool-free clips on the seven expansion slots, why not make the fans in the same lime green color? IN WIN does just that. In the top and in the rear of the case you will find 120mm fans with black frames with green blades that match the rest of the chassis. In the front you will find a clear fan with clear blades that is accented with blue LEDs to give the chassis a bit of color; this fan is 120mm as well.
Now, it's obvious that there is a unique appearance and a color theme that IN WIN has stuck with since I started getting their cases, they definitely have made a name for themselves and developed an easily recognizable presence. What I need to dig deeper to see is does this case have what it takes to warrant you to spend your $100 mid tower investment with them. With the market so flooded as I mentioned a few times, you really need to step up with entries here, as the options for all the major manufacturers are doing the same thing, trying to get your dollars. In the US, the IN WIN BUC will set you back $99.99 at Newegg.com, and they're asking only $9.99 to ship it. If you act soon, and actually broke the code to actually getting a rebate check, there is an additional $20 rebate going on right now. With that included you are only going to end up spending $90, but let's take a closer look and see if this stands above the literal tons of cases already on shelves.