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In Win 301 Mini-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 23, 2017 1:05 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: In Win

Inside the In Win 301

 

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The first glance inside of the 301 is one of openness and cleanliness. The top has a PSU cover and is also where the storage bays are located. The lower section is open from front to back, and there is a cover to keep wiring out of site as much as possible on the right side.

 

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The drive bays are what we are looking at in this images, and they can be removed. While more obviously, there is a plastic tray to house a 3.2" or 2.5" drive inside of the cage, the tabs below the cage allow for a second drive, a 2.5" drive, to be installed as well.

 

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Inside of the front of the 301 we see locations for a pair of 120mm fans to take cool air into the chassis. This panel is removable, but to do so; you also need to remove the plastic wire cover, which has break-away tabs at the bottom of it, so that openings are kept to only what is needed to get the front I/O wiring and GPU wires out into the main chamber.

 

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The motherboard tray has a large opening for CPU cooler backplate access, and around the hole are four helper standoffs already installed. For Mini-ITX systems, you are good to go as-is, but for a Micro-ATX system, you will need to install the other four standoffs found in the hardware bags.

 

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The floor of the 301 is opened up by using honeycomb shapes like what was found on the right side panel, allowing air to pass unimpeded. The dust filter has tabs bent into the bottom of the chassis, but since the fan mounting holes are already accessible, the filter does not need to come off for the build process, only for cleaning.

 

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The back of the chassis also sports a honeycomb pattern where the rear 120mm fan is to be placed, allowing as much airflow as possible without restrictions. We can also see that the expansion slots are flush with the back wall of the 301, and is why they are externally accessed.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, there is not much room, but then again, there does not need to be either. The bulk of the wires can be contained at the top where the PSU is installed, or in the deep cavity on the left, below the drive bays.

 

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At the top, if the chassis, from the back, a PSU can be slid into place. The 160mm is a hard measurement, as the tab on the frame seen in the upper-right corner, and another tab on the HDD bays are the pinch points to that measurement. Once installed, the PSU draws air through it via the large hole in the floor of the PSU cover.

 

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Wires are kept to a minimum in the 301. There is a long lead which is for the HD Audio connector, a shorter SATA power plug for the front panel LEDs. The USB 3.0 cable is longer again, like the HD Audio cable, and the power switch, reset switch, and HDD LED wires are all sleeved as one cable.

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