There are two ways to look at the X-Frame. One way is in that the general ideas, the build quality, the full front I/O panel and the fact that this design is so easy to use and have complete access to every component of the build. To be bluntly honest, this chassis was destined to go to California when I was done reviewing it, but once I saw this chassis and got to using it, there was no way this X-Frame was ever leaving my house anytime soon. I actually went to InWin and asked that they let me keep this sample so that my testing of CPU coolers and GPU coolers just got much easier with this product. I am just glad that they allowed me to keep this chassis, I do have some plans for slight modifications and additions, but that is better discussed in the other way to look at the X-Frame. That last thing that really sells me on this design is that it isn't just a test bench. If there is a lack of room or you just want to move it out of the way, the InWin X-Frame is built to stand and run on either end as well as flat as I used it. In reality if the cooler was small enough this design could be run upside down.
The second way to look at this chassis is to try to pick it apart, I mean the X-Frame is really nice, but I think a couple of things were overlooked. The coloration gets to me. I am fine with the diamond plate, the electric blue and the gun metal grey, what just drives me nuts is all the bold yellow. I know it defines this chassis and makes it stand out, but I am going to be dying the rubber and plastic parts, I just haven't decided on black or blue. Now there are some random holes around the chassis that you can use to hold one or two of the holes in a 2.5" drive, but the lack of a tray or adapter is just a forgetful oversight. In a chassis today and at this price, this should have been considered. I would also have liked a full set of nine pin-style risers, but maybe that is InWin saying you should at least mount a corner or two on this board, don't you think? While I would like to just lift the motherboard on and off, two screws didn't actually slow me down that much, as I had to take out screws on the GPU as well.
This chassis was designed with the elitist in mind. Not everyone has a use for an open air system; usually these are used by reviewers and hard core overclockers. That isn't to say that the average Joe can't use one of these, but most users don't need this sort of access, nor do they move parts enough to knock the dust off the components once in a while.
As I mentioned, this is an extremely limited run of only 50 chassis being built at this time and to be honest, I may have one of those 50, so there are only maybe 49 others around. The choice of materials, the mix of textures of colors, along with the modularity of this design and its inherent exclusivity, I can see why InWin is driving that $399.99 MSRP and I do believe they will get it.
Being constructed with only a few rivets and the rest completely detachable with nuts and bolts or various screws, this is not only a great test bench as it is, but I can see the lucky 50 that do get one of these to be doing some modifications to take this Limited Edition X-Frame and personalize it even further, making them truly a one of a kind.
Maybe consider making some more, InWin?
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [InWin X-Frame Limited Edition Open Air Chassis]
- Page 5 [InWin X-Frame Limited Edition Open Air Chassis Continued]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 8 [The Build and Finished Product Continued]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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