Even with the bar being set low with my take on what the GT1 offered, the G7 was not able to pull out of the mud. Aesthetically, on the outside, this chassis has the looks that most users would choose for an office or HTPC environment, but there are just some strange things going on that makes me wonder if anyone over at InWin really thought much in detail about these designs. Again I was at a loss for all the hardware I needed. If I had wanted to use a sound card, or have SLI or CrossFire, I have to run to a hardware store to get it mounted since they figure two screws are plenty for seven slots. On top of that, where the GT1 has a window that is molded outward to offer more interior space, with the G7, the bend is inward and will limit some tower coolers, and is why I had removed the Silver Arrow I had in the GT1 for this review.
There are some good things to this design, too. The HDD dock is conveniently placed right up front, and the appearance is something I know a lot more people would like to use over the more aggressive looking GT1. I was also happy to see that the wiring in my G7 was a little longer than in the GT1, and this time I had no issue getting them wired and still having some sort of order to my wire management. Really though, this is where the fun stops. With the front being closed off, it does keep the sound levels down in the 40 dB range in turbo mode, and 30 dB in silent mode, but the same panel that blocks the noise is also blocking the airflow and depends on just a little gap at the very bottom for the intake. With longer runs in this chassis, things do start to heat up and I strongly suggest filling the optional fan holes to get better flow into this chassis.
I wasn't so keen on the price point of the GT1, and while the G7 we just looked at is theoretically cheaper, you are still looking at very near $80 for this chassis. Since I thought the other submission would have been better served at something closer to $50, the fact that there are things removed like no LED lighting to speak of, removal of an optional fan in the roof, and eliminating a pair of hard drive bays the looks of the chassis aren't enough to save it in my opinion, and for $80, I just can't get behind these latest designs from InWin.
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