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IN WIN Maelstrom Full Tower Chassis (Page 5)

By Chad Sebring on Feb 21, 2010 11:13 pm CST - 2 mins, 47 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: IN WIN

Inside The IN WIN Maelstrom Full Tower Case

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I wanted to show off the inside of the door. The outside edges are backed with "egg crate" foam as a sound deadener. Any chassis with a window or mesh is going to be inherently louder; IN WIN tries to compensate for that here and on the bottom third of the rear panel IN WIN backs it with a 200mm fan out of the box. This fan is wired to the switch you could see on the other side. The switch is for the LEDs. As long as the fan is connected to the 4-pin Molex, it will run when the chassis is powered up.

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Looking inside the chassis with both panels off, it looks like there is a bunch of room to get things mounted with this "open" chassis design. Most notable is the lack of the bottom third of the motherboard tray. This area allows cables to easily pass through and get to the drive bays. Once the back panel is back in place, this area is backed with more of that "egg crate" foam stuck to the back panel. There is a CPU back plate access hole which is becoming more normal and almost a must in chassis design. Look closely at the floor where the PSU should set. IN WIN used rubber "risers" to support the PSU and includes extras for longer PSU's.

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Untying all the wiring and setting it up for an image, I was pleased in both the length of said wires, as well as the black coatings to make them "disappear" in all the black of the chassis insides.

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The drive bays are separated in two sections. The five 5.25" bays at the top are all tool-less, utilizing the pieces found in the tray locked into the bottom drive bay. It's a bit hard to see, but the top bay has a 3.5" floppy drive tray that allows you to use it in the 5.25" bays for all those "old school" BIOS flashers out there. Just below is a 3.5" bay that will hold an SSD, too.

When we get to the 3.5" drive rack, IN WIN has turned it to the door for ease of access. Again, these bays are all tool-less, with pieces found in the above tray. The front intake fan is placed between the front and the drive bays. This should cool the drives pretty well, but there isn't a whole lot of that flow that makes it through the other side of the bays.

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Looking at the rear panel against the white back drop, you can see the rear is very well ventilated. Aside from the rear I/O and the PSU area, IN WIN has tried to offer the ultimate in airflow and ease of your build, even if you want to go with water cooling.

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I laid the chassis on its back again, but this time with the panel off you can see inside the top. IN WIN ships the chassis with the one fan in place which can be moved, as it may have a clearance issue with some coolers in its current position. They do give you the option to move it to the other holes, or if room allows, you can add another next to it.

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Chad Sebring


Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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