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InWin D-Frame Mini Mini-ITX Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Open Air Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 17, 2015 2:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: InWin

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With everything in place, it offers a much better perspective to the size of this D-Frame Mini. Of course it is small, but with plenty of room around the edges to swap bits, install water cooling, or access the drives if needed, without any struggle.




While we did choose to hang the PSU, the orientation is set up to have the fan facing out of the chassis to allow it the best access to cooler air. It also will keep the logo on the other side of the plate from filling up with dirt all the time.




We stood the D-Frame Mini up into an ATX orientation to show that there is plenty of access to the rear I/O as well as the video card with the way the handle gently curves out of the way of both of them.




While we were not really under the impression that we could make this all go away, we didn't try real hard to hide it either. With the loops provided, we had no issues finding places right where we needed to tend the wiring and keep it tied down so the glass can go back on over it all.




The tint of the glass does help some, but even with the reflection of the floor of the photo booth in play, the wiring is pretty easy to see; we just suggest this side faces the wall.




With both glass panels back on the chassis, we are ready to power it up and have a go at testing. At this point, we just wanted to show a few of the possibilities. While the chassis is specified to run like it is seen here, that is not the only option.




The thing is though; it can just as easily use four other red rubber pads, and stand in an ATX orientation of the masses of cases on the market. Of course, this moved the front I/O to the top, but if it were sitting on the floor, this may be the better option anyways.




For those of you who constantly want access to swap parts, but still need to keep the cats from sitting on the fans, this may be the orientation for you. It's more like a test bench in the way it is shown here, but that is the beauty of this design, you determine what works best for you and go with it.




With the system powered up, the chassis of course made not a single noise as it has no moving parts. Any noise level is determined by the choices you make filling the D-Frame Mini. We also see the blue light in the power button, and managed to get the HDD activity lit at the bottom.

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