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InWin GRone Full-Tower Chassis Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

InWin went back to the drawing board, again, and gets really close to perfection in the GRone full-tower chassis. Enthusiasts, sit up and take notice.

| Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 5, 2012 3:42 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: InWin

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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As far as the outside of the GRone is concerned, this is definitely a time when a picture is worth a thousand words, so rather than explaining it, I will wait to show it to you in a couple of pages.

 

This time there is so much going on inside the chassis worth the attention that I will just jump right in and go at it. In the front of the chassis there are three 5.25" bays with tool-less pins used to very securely hold a device in place. Below this you will find a hard drive rack capable of house eight 3.5" or 2.5" drives in the slide out trays used in each bay. These bays are completely removable, but the support wall nearest the motherboard tray stays in place.

 

Since I brought up the motherboard tray I may as well cover that it will hold an E-ATX, ATX, or Micro-ATX motherboard while offering six wire management holes, five of which containing grommets in them, and what has to be the largest CPU cooler access hole in any tray that I have ever seen. Behind this tray there is almost a full inch of depth to the door panel to house any and all wiring as well. The last thing to mention would be that and there are eight expansion slots in the GRone.

 

Cooling inside of the GRone is handled by three fans from the factory. In the front there is room for two 120mm or 140mm fans, and this is where InWin supplied two 140mm fans with red LEDs. In the top of the chassis there is room for a trio of 120mm or 140mm fans, and here InWin supplied one 140mm fan nearest the back of the chassis. In the back there is also a black 140mm fan installed, and yes it has the option for a 120mm fan as well. The left side of the chassis has a window with no fan access, but the right side allows you to put in a 120mm or 140mm fan to cool the back of the CPU socket. Then on the floor you have two spots that again hold either a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans.

 

Then there is the water cooling aspect to consider. The front of the chassis, once the hard drive bays are removed, can facilitate the use of a 280mm radiator there. Since there is a bit of the HDD cage support that is raised at the bottom, you could also use a 280mm radiator there. At the top of the chassis you could use a 360mm radiator, and you can even hang a single radiator in the back if you would like.

 

What I just explained scratches the surface of what the GRone brings to the table, and so far on paper it is a solid chassis to consider. Of course we have to factor in the pricing as well. Now while you are shopping, keep in mind there are three flavors of the GRone, there is a black, white, and the metallic grey version you are very close to getting to see. With colors pricing will vary, and in my searching, I found the best deal for the GRone as I received it to be at Newegg for $159.99. There is another $20 for shipping to consider too, but this puts it right in competition with quite a few really well designed, and already good selling products, for instance the Switch 810 comes to mind.

 

Stick around as I see just how well InWin did with the GRone, since the price is reasonable, all it has to do is stack up to the competition and I think InWin finally may have a chassis I won't get laughed at when recommending.

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