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IN WIN Dragon Rider Full Tower Chassis

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 15, 2011 12:17 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: IN WIN

Inside the IN WIN Dragon Rider Full Tower Chassis

 

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Removing the front bezel takes a gentle tug, but with no wiring connected once it's removed, it can just be set aside and out of the way for now. The front of the chassis has steel plates covering the extra 5.25" drives, except the last one; it has a drawer full of the slides needed to mount all of the drives in the case.

 

Sticking out like a sore thumb at the bottom is a box with blue LED lights in it, and this is used to light up the logo once the bezel is back on and the chassis powered up. At the bottom the 120mm fan resides in a steel box that with the removal of a screw can be pulled out and cleaned.

 

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The left door panel is covered on the inside with some egg crate foam to deaden some of the noise that comes from inside the rig, since the mesh doesn't tend to absorb or deflect noises very well. The 220mm fan is powered with a Molex connection and can be removed. Mind you; you need to pull the switch from the door as well.

 

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The right side panel has the 120mm fan strategically placed so it directs cold air right to the back of the CPU socket.

 

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Inside the Dragon Rider we see that it is painted to match the exterior. The front I/O wiring is securely ties to the drive bays, and the wiring for the fans was wrapped and it tidy for shipping.

 

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The wiring from the front I/O is very long, especially the USB 3.0 wiring as it has to be able to go out the back of the chassis. The e-SATA, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, and the audio cables are all of similar length and are plenty long. That leaves the multi-colored flat wiring for the power, reset and LED activity lights.

 

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The five 5.25" bays don't have screw holes for mounting the drives due to the tool-less slides that come inside the chassis. Just below these bays there is a removable tray that will house a 2.5" drive securely in the adapter.

 

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Behind the intake fan is the hard drive rack for housing up to four hard drives. Again, there is no need for screw holes due to the use of smaller tool-less slides for this rack.

 

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The motherboard tray is exactly that, a tray. This section of steel has a gap above and below the tray for the entire width. Not only is the tray labeled for each motherboard type it supports, it has wire management holes and CPU cooler access.

 

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Here is an upward look at the ventilation and case fans in the rear and the top of the chassis. There are plenty of holes for both water cooling and the USB 3.0 wiring.

 

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The lower half of the rear of the Dragon Rider consists of room for the power supply above the dust filter, but there is the large section of levers that work as tool-less locks that holed the expansion cards securely in place.

 

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