Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Ever since we were introduced to In Win, we have seen that they have run the gamut with chassis design, and are not afraid to try anything that looks great on paper. That being said, we have seen "econobox" cases that were not all that impressive and were designed for cost savings and those who appreciate odd styling, although, on that note, many of them have been phased out. On the flip side of that coin, In Win has also come up with quite a few show-stopping designs which have taken the world by storm, which is where the D-Frame, X-Frame, H-Frame, and others of this caliber come into play. However, there is still the middle ground, where many customers shop for products, where all they want is a terrific chassis which has a ton of features, but it won't break the bank obtaining it.
The latter of the three groups is why we have you all here today, and in what we have seen from In Win in the past, they appear to have a good grip on what customers want. We have seen many stylish additions come out as of late, some with tempered glass, some now with RGB lighting, but the basic concept is to deliver a chassis which is roomy inside but not huge, stylish but not aggressive, and offering many of the latest and greatest features inside and out. Many of the cases from In Win fall into this category, and even though the market is flooded with such chassis designs, In Win wants to give it another go and see if they can come up with something which fits the needs of the masses. This time in a different light than many we have seen from them before this.
The chassis that brings us all together today is the In Win 101 Mid-Tower Chassis. While this chassis does deliver with an easy to remove, tempered glass side panel, sleek aesthetics, and a roomy interior, the entire design is a bit retro. This is not to say we find a bare metal interior with bays running down the entire front of the chassis, but rather In Win moved the PSU to the top like many we saw quite a few years ago. However, In Win is still able to offer a chassis which is roomy enough for many users, even those with dreams of packing an E-ATX motherboard into a mid-tower, and at the same time, hide everything we do not want to see, while highlighting everything sexy inside of the case. If you like options, but do not want a huge full-tower chassis, it is quite possible that the In Win 101 may be the chassis you are looking for when it comes time for your next build.
By looking at the chart, we can see In Win calls this chassis the 101, but be aware that there is also an RGB lit version called the 101C, and these mid-tower cases can be had in black or white paint. The materials used to build the chassis are SECC steel for the majority of the parts, some use of ABS plastic in the dust filter, drive bays, and the feet, and tempered glass for the left side panel. However, we also noticed that on the product page, you could request an acrylic and steel side panel for this chassis too. Dimensionally, the 101 is 445mm tall, it is 220mm wide, it is 480mm deep, and it weighs in at 7.25 kg when empty.
In, on, and around the chassis, there are a few things to discuss. Motherboard compatibility is shown to support ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards, however, the motherboard tray does have holes in it for standoffs to support some E-ATX motherboards as well. There are seven expansion slots at the back of the chassis, while on top of the chassis there is a pair of USB 3.0 ports and 3.5mm HD Audio jacks. The power button is blended into a clear plastic component in the front bezel, and there is also a tiny hole just below it where the HDD activity LED shines through it. There are two bays att he top of the chassis which are made to support a pair of 3.5" drives, but can also be used for 2.5" drives. Beyond that, we also find that there is a pair of hidden 2.5" drive trays on the back of the motherboard tray as well.
There is not a single fan to be found inside of the In Win 101, but there are sufficient cooling options. The back of the chassis can house a 120mm fan or radiator. The right side of the chassis will house two 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator. There is also a third option, which is the floor of the chassis, where three 120mm fans or a 360mm radiator can be installed.
Clearances are also listed in the chart. It is there where we see that the video cards can be 421mm long. However, if you install a radiator on the right side of the chassis, that length is then reduced to 305mm. CPU air coolers can be 160mm tall, which does eliminate some of the largest solutions, but will fit nearly every 120mm tower and many 140mm towers too. As for the PSU, the only thing that could cause a limit is the pair of HDD bays, but with them still, in place, there is 200mm of room for the PSU and wires to reside.
In our heads, we were figuring out what the cost should be, and we thought that this would be a $50 case if built by anyone else on the market, but we will add another $20 because there is a tempered glass side panel. That being said, we were not far off the mark at all. When it came time to locate the In Win 101, we found it on both Amazon and Newegg, where it is listed for just $69.99. If you want to opt to move into the 101C with its RGB LED front panel section, the cost only increases $10 to $79.99, but it is only sold at Newegg and not at Amazon. That being said, with the chassis we have for you in hand, we feel that the $69.99 price is on point, and it should be of little concern when it comes to the decision of if this is the right chassis for your components.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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