Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
For those of you who may not recall, way back in the middle of 2012, we were introduced to an open-air chassis that was one of the best test benches made at that time. The concept was simple. Offer users one of the beefiest open air cases available, do it with tons of style, grace, and flair, and on top of everything else, make it as user-friendly as it can be. In Win did more than succeed in that quest, as we saw the X-Frame open air chassis just about everywhere. It did not matter if we were speaking of hardcore benching folks, displays at CES or Computex, if there were an instance where accessibility and a full view of hardware were needed, nearly everyone was showing it on this chassis.
Now that five years have passed, In Win thought it was high time to revisit this simple yet very effective chassis, but this time from a whole other perspective. Even when it comes down to aesthetics, nearly everything about this chassis has been changed for the reboot. While there are hints to the bloodline in which this new open air chassis originates, In Win took every opportunity to improve upon the original. It is larger, it is heavier, it is beefier, it is sexier, and with a new twist to the presentation, it is even sturdier than the older X-Frame. As if that were not enough to grab your interests, this time around, there are color options, there is water cooling support, a plethora of new features that the X-Frame never had room to offer.
In Win is about to turn the world on its side, as they introduce the newest chassis to hit our labs, the X-Frame 2.0 Limited Edition Open Air Chassis, which also coincides with their 30th anniversary. As our teaser caption and image on our Facebook page alluded to, you will need to have quite a bit of cash on hand to obtain this new offering, but there is quite a bit going on with this chassis to invoke a premium price tag.
At this time, we suggest you sit back, get comfortable, and enjoy the presentation. Even if this chassis may not fit your needs or your budget, you will be impressed, to say the least. It will even draw those using a tried and true older bench table out of the dark, and envy what could be possible with an upgrade in what may be the best open air chassis you have ever seen made to date.
From the chart above which was provided by In Win, we see the name of this chassis is the X-Frame 2.0, and it can be purchased in three color choices. In Win has decided to give customers the choice of red and black, blue and white, or green and black, which happens to be the one we have today. This is an open-air chassis, made of aluminum, and in the images to the right, we get a sense of the shape, design, and layout. These images are also a location where dimensions are shown with the chassis presented in its horizontal orientation. We say that because the X-Frame 2.0 is supported from the bottom as the images show, but can also be supported from the bottom, allowing the chassis to stand vertically as well.
The X-Frame 2.0 allows for a Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and even E-ATX motherboards, as long as they are no bigger than 12" by 13" in size. The rear of the chassis has an expansion card bracket, there are no covers, but there is a total of eight slots available. Video card length is restricted to 385mm, but with removable bays causing said restriction, this number can be increased if needed. CPU cooler clearance is unlimited, as the chassis has no panel to go on over it, and the motherboard is set low enough on the tray that conflicts for even the largest of coolers will not happen.
The front I/O panel delivers a power and reset button, LED indicators for the system power and HDD activity, as well as offering three USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 3.1 Type-C port, as well as jacks for HD Audio. There is a built-in rack for cooling in the 2.0 as well, unlike the original version. On one end of the X-Frame 2.0, one can place three 120mm fans to blast air over the motherboard and into the video card coolers. This area can also be used to support AIOs or custom water cooling, with limited restrictions on thickness for the 360mm radiator size as its maximum.
The last things to know about the X-Frame are as follows. Dimensionally this chassis is 640mm from end to end, it is 483mm front side to side, and stands 330mm tall being supported by the stand. Lastly, consider the weight at 34.1 pounds, as it will only get weightier as you add gear onto it.
One major component has been left out of the specifications though. Along with the chassis, In Win provides it with a Signature Series SI1065W PSU. This is a 92% efficient PSU, which is modular, and is built to color match the chassis with a proved bracket, and LEDs inside of it. It has been many years since we have seen a PSU that is internally lit and comes with a Window to see inside of it, In Win shows that they are spicing up every bit of this chassis design.
Here comes the toughest pill to swallow about this chassis; the price. Keep in mind that this is a unique chassis, which it is made of thick sections of aluminum, some extruded and some cast. Also remember, the X-Frame 2.0 is a Limited Edition, and while the total number at this time is unknown, the trend in the past has been 500 pieces. There will not be many on the market, and this will be something everyone you know will be envious of.
We are aware of the MSRP, as it can be seen on site with the chassis, and it appears that Newegg.com, the only e-commerce location currently to have stock of this, has it listed at $1200. They do sweeten the deal with a current offer of a $100 Newegg Gift Card, but at the same time, that price does not include shipping. You are asked for an additional $21.99 to get this chassis to your door. While this is three times the price of the original, it feels like three times the case as well. As of now, we are still undecided on the value, but know full and well that by the end of this, we will have made up our mind.
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)
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- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [In Win X-Frame 2.0 Limited Edition Open Air Chassis]
- Page 4 [Hardware & Documentation]
- Page 5 [Case Build & Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Final Thoughts]