Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
With all the rage in Mid-Tower cases as of late, it seems rare that we are sent Full-Tower cases, but that did not stop In Win. While In Win is known for unique aluminum case designs, most, well outside of the realm of "standard" chassis construction, they have been striving to take on that segment of the market as well. While it may not be as out of the box as an H-Frame, D-Frame, or X-Frame, In Win delivers the same level of excellence is anything they make today. This level of attention to detail and use of premium materials will do nothing but benefit the masses of potential customers who may not like open air cases, and give them solid options when it comes to a "normal" looking chassis.
One of the best things about In Win is that they tend not to follow trends, but try to set them for the rest of the market, and the latest case we have been sent by them is no different. Of course, you can find many cases made of aluminum, and yes, tempered glass panels are all the rage right now, but we have yet to see a chassis like this before, all told. In Win and their engineers are giving users a new way of looking at not only how the interior can be laid out to take the best advantage of the space available, but also leave the front of the chassis wide open for three locations to place a radiator for those who prefer to water cool their components.
While we do have a special place in our hearts for In Win, as they have proven over and over that they are at the top of their game when it comes to chassis design, we hope with the introduction of the 509 Full-Tower chassis, that nothing has changed. This time, however, In Win has moved away from aluminum as its choice of frame material in favor of steel this time, but none the less, the In Win 509 on paper looks like something many will want to check out and likely admire. That all being said, let's see what this chassis is all about so we can deliver you our verdict on whether or not this 509 Full-Tower chassis is everything you want and been looking for all this time, but just hadn't found the perfect solution until now.
The In Win 509 Full-Tower chassis comes in two flavors. There is the gray and black version we have been sent for review, but there is also a red and black version that is an ROG certified chassis, which sports red trim, and what appears to be an etching in the side panel displaying the ASUS logo and that it is an ROG Certified product. The 509 is made mostly of steel, but In Win has chosen to stick with the trend and use tempered glass on the front and left side of the case. The 509 is capable of housing E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX or a Mini-ITX motherboard, and has eight PCI-e slots at the back of the case. This chassis is 527mm from front to back, it is 235mm in width, it stands 578mm tall, and weighs in at 14 kg, and that is while empty.
Compatibility for video cards is at 370mm of room, and CPU coolers can be as tall as 188mm and still fit, covering just about every air cooler out there. The front of the chassis offers four USB 3.0 ports and HD Audio jacks, and there is a removable cover in the bezel to support a 5.25" drive or device. Inside of the 509, there is room for up to five 3.5" drives which are also 2.5" drive ready. Three of the bays are powered and wired so that you can EZ-Swap drives in the chassis, and there is also four additional location to which 2.5" drives can be mounted. The PSU used in the chassis needs to be a standard PS2 ATX unit, but without the removal of the EZ-Swap bays, the length is limited to 230mm.
Cooling can be a bit confusing, so let us try to take it slow, so it is easy to follow. Right inside of the bezel, there is room for a trio of 120mm fans or a pair of 140mm fans, and water cooling support matches the fan arrangement. There is a second section of the frame further into the chassis, and this too will support the same fan and radiator setup, allowing for a pair of radiators to be lined up in the direction of common airflow. However, there is a third option as well. Again the fan and radiator support is the same in this area, but this area is flat against the motherboard tray, between the bezel and the inner frame support. The back of the chassis will also support a 120mm or 140mm fan like the bottom will, and there is no reason why a radiator could not go in each location. Fresh out of the box, as shipped from In Win, there are no fans included, but that also means the user can control the amount of noise this chassis will deliver.
The In Win 509 is another out of the box design, and the layout is not typical on the inside to what most of us are used to. With that, retooling is needed to make such a chassis come to life, and that usually means that there is a bit of a price hike involved as well. Either color version of the chassis is shown to be available directly from In Win, where they are charging $185 for the 509 currently. As we look at Amazon for this chassis, we find only the ROG certified version at this time, but we do see a price of $182.79 with free shipping. Newegg has the best deal going right now, as there we find the gray and black 509 listed at just $179.99, and oddly enough, the ROG Certified version is more affordable at just $169.99. Considering the materials, the size of this chassis, and the lack of limitations, we feel that In Win is on point with the 509's price. To be honest, it is much less than we expected to see.
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)
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The In Win 509 Full-Tower Chassis retails for $ at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The In Win 509 Full-Tower Chassis retails for £ at Amazon UK.