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InWin D-Frame Mini Mini-ITX Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Open Air Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 17, 2015 2:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: InWin

InWin D-Frame Mini Mini-ITX Tower Chassis

 

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To InWin, open air is indeed "open air", as you can see right from the front on through to the back of the chassis. There are both lateral and torsion supports added between the matching side rails, and with the large rubber rings in red breaking up all that black, it does have a nice bit of flavour to it.

 

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Between the angled front rails, just inside of the right side frame, we find the front I/O panel. The power button at the top is backlit, and followed by a tiny reset button. Then we find a pair of USB 3.0 connections and HD audio jacks, followed closely by the HDD activity LED at the bottom.

 

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The top of the chassis has lateral supports like the front does, but rather than opt for angular beams that would block off access to the rear I/O, they opted instead to use this shape and offer a texture grip handle to lug this show piece from place to place.

 

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The left side of the chassis offers a smoked glass window to "cover" the components. There are brackets welded to the front beams as well as to the PSU support that allows the glass to float off the chassis and still offer a bit of a view inside.

 

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The back of the chassis is where the PSU will install, against the plate with the D-Frame Mini name cut out from it. The cool thing about this plate is that the PSU can screw in at either end, so whichever way works best for wiring is the way to go.

 

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The right side of the chassis is also glass and is hung just like the other side is. While the glass matches the look of the other side, when it comes to seeing a view of wiring, we still aren't sure why a wiring cover was not offered.

 

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The floor of the chassis is built similar to the front with angled and straight crossbars, and again, another set of four red rubber feet. I say this because this chassis really can sit in any fashion and be used, even if upside down from conventional thinking.

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