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IN WIN X-Fighter Mid-Tower Case

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 12, 2009 3:34 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: IN WIN

Inside the IN WIN X-Fighter Mid-Tower Case


IN WIN X-Fighter Mini-Tower Case


Looking under the "cowl induction" as I called it, there are two areas that allow airflow from the vents on the other side of the panel. The top one consists of a dust filter and a bit of plastic tube to direct the flow of air to a stock style cooler. There is an additional piece to extend this tube if needed. When using a tower style cooler this would need to be removed down to the filter for clearance. The hole at the bottom just has a dust cover attached as it allows a source of air for the fans in the bottom of the chassis.


IN WIN X-Fighter Mini-Tower Case


Above are those fans, to be exact. When I think mid-tower, I don't really think "case full of options", but IN WIN has changed my perception. Not only does the X-Fighter house two 80mm fans to aid in cooling your choice of graphics card, but they are attached to a larger plastic cover. This hides wires and the end of your hard drives, while adding a stylish solution to cleane up the looks of the interior. The rest of the chassis is chemically coated, 0.8mm steel and is very solid in "feel".


IN WIN X-Fighter Mini-Tower Case


Opening things up a bit, we can see the motherboard tray. It has seven bump style risers, plus traditional ones included to install either an ATX or mATX motherboard. The X-Fighter is designed with a top mount power supply, which in my opinion has two benefits in a smaller chassis. One is the ability to use the PSU fan to help cool the case. And two, the wires can easily be stashed above the optical drive to stay out of the way.


IN WIN X-Fighter Mini-Tower Case


In the front half of the X-Fighter IN WIN uses screw-less mounting with all of their bays. The "slides" can be found in the tray at the bottom of the 5.25" bays. You need to remove the front bezel to gain access. There are two 3.5" drive bays sandwiched between the optical and hard drive racks. This hard drive rack can release and spin a bit to give access to the front fan for cleaning. The front 120mm fan is powered with a 3-pin connection and its supporting cage has a dust cover as well.


IN WIN X-Fighter Mini-Tower Case


The rear of the X-Fighter accommodates for water cooling to pass through next to the top mounted PSU. Below is a removable cage that houses the rear 120mm exhaust fan, also powered with a 3-pin connection. Just a couple clips on the outside release the cage to allow for cleaning or replacement. At the very bottom are seven screw-less locks for the expansion slots.


IN WIN X-Fighter Mini-Tower Case


The case wiring is plenty long enough from the front I/O panel. The front panel wires are considerably shorter, but still long enough to get the job done.


IN WIN X-Fighter Mini-Tower Case


Unclipping five tabs inside the chassis allows the removal of the front bezel of the X-Fighter. IN WIN took the extra step and added dust filters to the optical drive covers to keep cleaning less frequent. The front LED and switch wires slip through the hole in the chassis, but the power lead to the left does not. To completely free the front from the chassis, you need to disconnect the connection on the PCB (top left connection) pictured.


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