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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

Case Build and Finished Product




While we were safe with our choice of AIO to cool our CPU, since it has rubber strips already in place, the lack of mounting screws that we could use won't add any extra vibrations. However, we did test this with an EK and Swiftech radiator, and found no issues there; just a heads up for AIO users.




Another issue we found was with the PSU bracket. At least the screws are long enough to compensate for the fact that the bracket does not clear the socket to power the PSU. We are held in with a couple threads here, but the other side is, of course, screwed all the way down.




As much as we tried, with our components, we just were not happy with the finished results. The motherboard, AIO, GPU, and SSD look clean, and even where the wiring begins at the right, we are still okay with things. The fact that the USB cables have to pass over the motherboard to be connected is just too much to handle in a chassis of this cost. It is in no way a pleasure to try to wire cleanly, and we barely have any gear in this case.




As we spin around to the back, we find some really tacky wire management where we had to invent tie points at either end, and strap multiple wires together to even be presentable. A cover would have been nice, or how about some of those brass inserts for wire management like we saw on the front? Tacky.




Even once we reinstalled the tinted side glass, we can still plainly see the wire management. If this chassis is obviously designed to be seen from every angle, we feel this is a drastic oversight in this design, as is the lack of a CPU access hole.




Now that everything is back together, we take a few minutes to admire all of the time and energy it takes to continuously spin this forty pound monster to wire it and mount the components. It was a lot of work, and we just aren't that happy with what we had to do with our choice of components.




Once the chassis is powered on, there is the occasional flicker of the HDD LED at the bottom of the I/O, but the power button at the top stays illuminated as long as the chassis is powered. Another thing to keep in mind is that this chassis is completely silent; although, noise level is up to you, as the choice of fans and cooler is what will set the tone here.

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