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InWin GT1 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 10:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 75%Manufacturer: InWin

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




First let me state that you will be able to find the InWin GT1 chassis in both a white exterior with optional red trim, and a black version with the same optional trim parts. Both are otherwise exactly the same as far as body lines and trim pieces attached to the mostly steel chassis. As far as the ABS plastic parts of this design, the bezel on the front, what I am calling the cowling is on the top, and there is a very large tinted side window. In what looks like the grill on the front of the chassis, this open mesh area offers three 5.25" bay covers that remove from outside the chassis. The lower section looks more like some sort of stretched out ground effects, but is open to allow for more cooling into the chassis. As the from reaches the roof, there is the front I/O panel on both parts of the plastic, but the top offers a HDD dock along with a matching design to the lower half of the front. This section is raised well above the chassis like a cowl hood on a car, but here it is to give clearance for a pair of fans if you choose to buy some for it.


Inside the chassis things are now black, as it is painted with a matte finish of paint. In the front of the chassis you have a trio of 5.25" bays with neon green tool-free latches. Below those you have six 3.5" bays, two of which are somewhat removable, and this area also incorporates a mount for a single 2.5" drive, too. Behind them there is a partial motherboard tray that can house Micro-ATX or ATX motherboards and does offer minimal cable management. In the rear of the chassis you are given seven expansion slots to fill, but to add room to the interior, the mounting is moved to the outside of the chassis. There are two fans installed inside of the chassis, but a total of six locations for them in the windowed model, eight in the mesh panel version. You can put two 120mm fans in the front, and one is supplied there. You can also put a pair of 120mm fans into the top of the GT1. The rear has a single 120mm fan, as does the floor in front of the PSU. If you decided on a mesh panel, you will also have two 120mm fan options there.


Finding one of these chassis designs, either the white or the black version, there was only one place I could find a listing. Amazon struck out, and I wasn't able to even locate it via the site. Where I did find it was over at Newegg with a price set at $74.99. There is another $9.95 being asked to ship the chassis so all told the price jumps up to $85 dollars. I have seen quite a few of the lower priced mid-towers; in fact the Enermax Ostrog we just saw is in this league.


At this point I have the task of showing the chassis off, doing the build, getting the testing done, and telling you if the near $85 price point is worth it for the new GT1 from InWin.

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