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IN WIN S-Frame Open-Air Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Open Air Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 28, 2014 2:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 81%Manufacturer: IN WIN

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Stashed within the dense foam that secured the chassis in the box, you will locate a plain brown hardware box. In that box we found six bags of hardware to be used. There are standoffs, and a socket for them; hex head screws for the motherboard, the wire management, and expansion cards; along with four large thumbscrews to mount the PSU. At the bottom, we have a pack of SSD screws, a pack of HDD screws, and believe it or not, we got ten twist ties for wire management.




We are also given a bag containing six clips that surround the wiring and get screwed into the chassis to help tend wiring. There is also a micro-fiber cloth to keep the glass clean.




IN WIN takes things a bit further than most, and has provided a four-connection setup for the storage bays. They offer an adapter for the SATA power line that clips into the PSU lead, and extends the line to make a much cleaner setup. They also provide SATA data cables that are bundled and marked "COM1" through "COM4."




Since, the eight-pin connection, or connections, on more recent motherboards are typically so far from the PSU, IN WIN also includes two extension cables to be sure you can get everything connected. We also found a native USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter included, in case the motherboard does not have dual USB 3.0 ports.




The radiator, slash fan mount for the chassis is grey in color, and is removable from the chassis with the same screws that hold in the PSU bracket and drive trays. On the flip side, the holes are countersunk for 2mm of the 4mm thickness, but they are small in diameter, and are not fit for larger mounting screws.




We removed a drive tray and took time for this image for two reasons. One reason is to show the mounting holes that are drilled and countersunk for both drive sizes, but we also wanted to show that they added plastic strips to all the removable components where it will be supported by the main section of the chassis.




The PSU is to be installed with the fan facing upward, as this bracket is oriented. We also see that there are rubber pads to isolate the PSU vibrations, as well as to line up the mounting holes at the back with the ones on the power supply.

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