There is much to love when it comes to the In Win X-Frame 2.0. It is an evolutionary jump ahead in every aspect when compared to the original, and in every way, form or function, the X-Frame 2.0 is superior. The thickness of the motherboard tray, the thickness of the aluminum supports at either end, the massive amounts of drive support, the color choices, the inclusion of an internally lit PSU to match the chassis, the list of exceptional finds in an open air chassis like this one seems to go on forever.
The hardware is all contained in a drive tray style system, which keeps the hardware tidy, but more importantly, it can stay with the chassis and be ready to be used at a moment's notice to add something new. The chassis has no fans supplied, so there is no noise associated with it. That is left to the consumer to deal with. Then, on top of everything else, this chassis is built with two orientations to be used, and in either orientation, the chassis will spin around 360 degrees to make life using this test bench so much easier day today. While green is not our first choice, we would have rather had the red and black, or even the blue and white version, yet at the same time, even though green, the X-Frame 2.0 is so awesome, the color seems to be irrelevant at this point.
Sadly though, we did find two small issues with the X-Frame, and considering the amount of money this chassis requires, it was gone over with the finest-toothed comb, as we expect perfection at this price point. The first thing we noticed and can be seen in the fourth image on page number two, there is a bit of paint missing here and there. While we noticed that the textured paint on some of the parts isn't as evenly coated on all parts as we would have liked, missing paint on the side of the optical drive bays is something tough to overlook.
The second thing we found to be a bit odd, is the thin rubber feet taped to the bottom of the frame. While there is a stand provided, so one does not have to ever support the chassis with the thin rubber pads, we do wish the X-Frame came with something better. While assembling the system, we did not have the chassis supported by the stand, and twisting it on the glass or a desktop will roll the feet at their edges. We were able to reattach them after noticing the issue, but something a bit more exotic, or at least sufficient to stay put is what we expected to see. Outside of these two minor issues, we feel that the X-Frame does deliver in its professional feel and build, the elegance and simplicity of this open air design, and is most certainly a chassis that will make you the envy of anyone who lays eyes upon it.
The one thing that is like a thorn in our side is the cost. There is no simplifying this, so we will just say it outright. The X-Frame 2.0 is exorbitantly expensive and will prohibit many from ever getting closer to it that what we saw in this review. At triple the cost of the original, it is hard to put the price of $1200 in a good light. It is feature rich for a chassis without panels, it is one of the best designs in cases we have ever seen, and the amount of work and high-end materials that go into its construction, paired with the fact of limited supply, and it does afford In Win some leeway to raise the price.
However, we feel that at $600 they would sell out on day one. At $800, we think there are still many out there willing to pay that premium, but at $1200, you have to be hardcore or one who has to have the best of what is available to even ponder this chassis to sit near you. As much as we love the In Win 2.0 Limited Edition Open Air Chassis, the price In Win decided to go with for it may leave them holding quite a bit of the stock.
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)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: In Win's X-Frame 2.0 is an amazing open air chassis that is full of features! The limited nature of it and superior materials and construction drive up the cost a lot, so this is something made for the elite and not the common users out there.
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