InWin 909 E-ATX Aluminium & Tempered Glass Chassis Review

Introduction


Building an extreme gaming rig, enthusiast grade workstation of simply a system that offers some akin to installing a work of art in your office space can be quite an expensive endeavour. The InWin 909, the latest addition to their already quite extensive selection of premium chassis, looks like the perfect chassis for the job, and while it comes with a bit of a hefty price tag, the sheer volume of aluminium and tempered glass, as well as the extensive component support on offer looks set prove that you really do get what you pay for.

Impressively Detailed Craftsmanship

“909 is constructed with solid materials, and its chamfered edge design and sleek anodized aluminium are beautifully crafted to masterfully create a streamlined and smooth enclosure inside/out.” and “features a single piece 4mm brushed aluminium shell and an elegant back panel that hides unnecessary rear I/O cables. The clutter-free design demonstrates the elegant aesthetics of simplicity.”  – InWin

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Specifications

Equipped with luxurious 4mm brushed aluminium panels, topped off with 5mm thick tinted tempered glass, the InWin 909 is certainly classed as a premium grade product, a far cry from the steel, plastic and plexiglass of seemingly thousands of chassis products available on the market today. Of course, building materials are one thing, but with USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity, LED lighting, dust filters, support for E-ATX motherboards, multiple high-end graphics cards, extensive water and air cooling, and so much more, metal and glass is just the start of what the InWin 909 in all about.

In the box, you’ll find a hefty component bag, featuring the usual documentation, a good assortment of screws and bolts, as well as USB 3.0 header adapters, and motherboard power cable extensions to help accommodate the sizable 909 dimensions.

The InWin 909 is certainly sizable, with a huge tempered glass side panel that covers the not only fairly tall, but quite long chassis. It’s likely that if you’re putting this on, under, or beside your desk, it could stick out quite a bit, so it may be best to get out a tape measure and ensure you even have room to accommodate it, as well as suitable breathing room at the back for ventilation. The glass certainly looks impressive, with a heavy tint that doesn’t give much away, however, if you throw some lighting into the chassis interior, you’ll soon see the benefits.

There’s a nicely designed I/O panel on the left side of the chassis too, giving you access to a master lighting control, three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C, HD audio jacks, a power button and LED indicators. This is great if you plan to put this chassis up on top of your desk (where we/InWin think it belongs) but it could be impractical if you have it on the floor, as the ports will be awkward to reach.

Another huge glass panel on the right side, meaning that no matter which angle you view the InWin 909, it’s going to look pretty stunning. Just keep in mind, immaculate cable management is vital here, as everything will be on show, so make sure you use the cable tidies that are included in the component bag.

The front panel is formed from the same piece of aluminium as the top and bottom of the chassis, giving it a flawless flowing design that just emanates quality. The black brushed detailing brings out all the little details in the metal work too and it is topped off with a lovely In Win logo strip on the bottom half.

Each of the side panels is mounted on a rubber coated peg and held in place by four aluminium thumb screws for easy access.

Around the back, there’s all kinds of ventilation, fan and radiator mounts, but aside from the PSU cut-out at the bottom, you’ll notice a complete lack of slots for the expansion cards and the motherboard as they’re set further inside the chassis; we’ll show you how in just a moment.

In Win Unveils Full-Tower 909 Chassis

In Win specializes in some of the most extravagant and unique chassis designs whilst offering premium-grade materials. Given the popularity of the 901 ITX and 904 ATX cases, In Win has decided to launch an enthusiast-friendly, full chassis called the 909. This features a 4mm aluminium alloy and 5mm tinted tempered glass panel to create an absolutely breathtaking aesthetic style. Furthermore, the chassis is equipped with a reversible USB 3.1 type-C connector and 3 traditional front USB 3.0 ports.   

There are other notable inclusions such as a magnetic aluminium dust filter, integrated lighting effects and support for 8 case fans. You can configure three 120mm or two 140mm fans in the rear chamber which provides exceptional airflow. Additionally, the bottom has ample room for two 120mm or 140mm fans while the front houses two 120/140mm fans. The rear chassis fan only allows for a single 120mm fan and not 140mm. This vast array of fan mounting options means it’s a wonderful case for water-cooling setups.    

For example, any radiator up to 360mm with a height under 60mm can be fixed in the rear chamber while the front supports 280mm with a maximum height of 35mm. On another note, a 240mm radiator with height up to 35mm can fit in the bottom while a single 120mm is available in the rear.

The chassis also incorporates separate hard drive and power supply chambers to maximize airflow and dissipate heat directly to the back through ventilation holes. This should lower the GPU and CPU temperatures as hot air is kept away from the PC’s vital components. Sadly, there isn’t a price as of yet, but the In Win 909 looks like a superb, premium-grade chassis.