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MSI IN-602 Stealth Mid-Tower Case Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 1:32 pm
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: MSI

Final Thoughts


On most of the basic points the Stealth comes out on top. It is aesthetically cool to look at; it has the Super Charger, SRF and Native USB3 .0 on the outside. On the inside there is a light of light blue to deal with, but with the right motherboard and oddly, not most MSI boards, you could have a really slick looking build in here. Even with the components I used, I still liked the finished results with the bits of blue popping out everywhere. The VGA support system is pretty trick in a case of this cost and the unique design of the HDD tray to slide open and closed is really cool, too. All around the chassis there are things to brag about in this MSI Stealth chassis.


The build went pretty smooth for the components I chose for the build. There was plenty of room to wire things behind the motherboard tray and ample places to attach wires and pass them to the front with no fighting or issues. The motherboard risers go in easily on the clearly marked holes with a key to the form factors hole locations in the middle of the tray to remind you where to place them or want letter and numbers to follow. The front I/O wiring reached everything, but the HD Audio cable was pretty tight with the Micro-ATX build. The ODD went in and locked in place easily and using those slide-open style hard drive trays makes life easier, too.


That isn't to say there aren't things that are amiss or just struck me as odd. This chassis clearly reminds me externally of a BitFenix case with the Super Charger port and rubberized coating. There are dust filters in the bottom, but no effort to control it with the intake. The LEDs in the front fan didn't work, there are no rubber grommets internally and why paint everything on the inside blue and then not offer a window to see the completed results? There are plenty of options for fans in this case, but the one in the floor is sort of pointless. As soon as you install a PSU, you pretty much negate that option.


At the end, I am torn really. The Stealth chassis looks cool, the build was smooth and outside of a few little things, the chassis is pretty solid. I just don't get all the effort to paint the interior, a color other than what matches their own current motherboard lineup and then close it all away behind a steel panel with mesh that offers no view of any of it.


If we were looking at this chassis at the MSRP pricing I would definitely have to pass, there are much better solutions at or very near the $150 range. If we look at it from the standpoint of the fact that given a bit of time with a mail in rebate and a current sale at Newegg, I can grab the IN-602 Stealth mid-tower chassis for $64.99. Not only is that like half off and the total shipped price, that is a price that can make me overlook some of the shortfalls. While this isn't a chassis I would personally use for day to day around my house, I could see a lot of people wanting to grab thus chassis just because of the light blue interior and I bet they would jump on them even faster if this chassis had a window.



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