Within the confines of a cubic chassis design, In Win still finds a way to impress us. Opting to use thicker materials for the construction takes an ordinary chassis into something more akin to a bomb shelter. Adding lights to the front in a new way is also a great addition in our minds, and is something many will appreciate when it comes to the aesthetic appeal if the 301. On top of all of that, we love the oven door style side panels, which disconnect at the top first, and sit in grooves at the bottom, making opening and getting inside much easier on the user. The icing on the cake is that while using tinted tempered glass on the left side of the case, there are no screws or grommets to break up the smooth look that glass should bring to a chassis. Inside or out, we found a well thought out design, which while slightly limiting to what can be installed into it, has a solution for all needs, done in a manner that other companies are not even pondering yet.
Most potential customers would like to have a fan or two in the chassis, but we realize that in many instances the pre-installed fans get stripped from the case for AIO coolers, or for fans that will match a theme or produce minimal noise. We appreciate that In Win leaves that decision up to the user so that the amount of noise and airflow inside of the 301 is all up to you. Things like water cooling support in the fro0nt and at the back is a huger plus to the case, and is something many will appreciate as well when it comes to picking out parts to fit inside of the chassis. The only thing that caused us any grief at all is the limiting factor of the PSU length, so we could not install out standard PSU. Keep this in mind when it comes to picking parts, as this, and the CPU air cooler height will restrict choices, but there are options available that will work.
For such a beefy, thoroughly thought out design, we still feel that the price we are seeing is a tad low. We realize that anyone looking to buy the 301 is loving the $69.99 pricing, we feel that In Win could have charged more for this case, and is not. Kudos to In Win for not price gauging. Even though we tend to gravitate to curved or add shaped cases, as the cube is getting quite old now, In Win has brought us back to appreciate what this shape of a case can deliver.
If we were pondering a Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX build and were not looking for the smallest chassis possible, the In Win 301 Mini-Tower Chassis would be at the top of our list. You may find many similar offerings, and they may even come close, in price, but we are certain you will not find one built like a tank, with the level of fit and finish that In Win has presented here today.
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||96%|
The Bottom Line: In Win's 301 Mini-Tower is a huge success! It is as strong as an ox, the fit and finish is top-notch, and we dig the way In Win innovates. There is not one reason why the In Win 301 should be passed by for smaller motherboard based builds.
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