Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Ever since IN WIN released the X-Frame a few years back, they found a new path to standing out in the chassis market. It was a year or two later that we found out that IN WIN was no longer looking into designing and making the typical steel cases like they used to offer. They have found that by designing premium cases, they are doing much better as a business. Now this does not mean that only extreme designs like the X-Frame, H-Frame, or the D-Frame style offers are all we are going to see, they will still offer normal cases, just that things are turned up a few notches.
By this, we simply mean one thing. While you can get a chassis that looks standard as far as the layout and orientation are concerned, gone is the use of steel, and there will always be lots and lots of glass panels. There is more cost involved in using high-grade materials, and extensive testing of components to be sure everything ships as a solid and cohesive design, but damn, do these type of cases look good. While the chassis we will soon be seeing is a mid-tower, we will guarantee that no other company on the planet is attempting something this revolutionary.
Today we bring forth the IN WIN 805 mid-tower chassis. With a sexiness that cannot be denied, this chassis flips the case market on its head. For years, we have had very few options, steel, aluminum, or Plexiglas, but that day has passed. What we have for you now is the culmination of years of case designs that were very extreme, and taking that technology and those features and putting it into the typical orientation of case design. Honestly, we cannot stop gushing about this IN WIN 805, so we may as well get right to it and show you what you get in this amazing chassis.
IN WIN has built the 805 as a mid-tower chassis, but all of the metal, in this case, is made of thick aluminum, some of it brushed, and some of it with a texture to it. On both sides, as well as on the front of the 805, we find tempered glass panels that are 3mm thick. This is not heat-tempered glass, however, this time, they went with chemically tempered glass to add strength to the thin panels. There is nothing to break up the front of the chassis, as it is made of one solid glass panel, but there are three optional versions of the 805, and that difference is seen on the front.
One version of the chassis ships with a black I/O panel at the top, one version ships with that aluminum strip anodized red, and the third version, and the one we have now, is anodized gold. We have to check the bottom of the chart for this, but we do see that this chassis stands 18.7" tall, it is 8" wide, and from front to back, the 805 is 18" deep.
This chassis offers us two bays that can be filled with either 3.5" or 2.5" storage drives, but there are also four dedicated trays for just 2.5" drives. This mid-tower can accommodate an ATX, M-ATX, or a Mini-ITX motherboard, and below it, there is room for a PSU up to 220mm in length. The front I/O panel, where the color option is found, offers USB 3.0 and USB3.1 ports, one each. It then also delivers a pair of USB 2.0 ports, and HD Audio jacks. At the other end of the chassis, this IN WIN 805 offers eight expansion slots, and cards used in these slots can be up to 320mm long, and 164mm wide.
Even though it would seem that glass panels may restrict fan options, this is not the case. The front of the 805 offers a pair of locations for 120mm or 140mm fans. The rear of the chassis offers a single spot for a 120mm fan, which they include in the case. The bottom of the chassis also offers a fan location, but the HDD cage needs to be removed to have access to the 120mm location there. We are then shown the water cooling options. Here we see that a 240mm or 280mm radiator can be placed in the front, and can be up to 60mm thick. The rear of the chassis is the other option to place a radiator, this time, a 120mm, and is restricted to 35mm of thickness. It is also here where we find that there is 156mm of room for an air cooler behind the glass if that is how you choose to cool your CPU.
Finding the IN WIN 805 for sale is easy enough. We found all three versions at Newegg, but pricing is dependent on the color option. Gold and red are the most affordable options at $169.99, and if you want black on the front I/O panel, be prepared to spend $179.99 on it. All of these three offerings at Newegg do come with free shipping. Considering what this chassis is made from, the thickness of said parts, and the sleek look you get, we feel that the pricing is reasonable. In all honesty, we expected them to charge more for this 805 mid-tower chassis.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT
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