The In Win booth was a little busy last time we visited it, but they’ve been nice enough to move their S-Frame build nearer the front of the booth for us to take a couple of extra pictures and also take a closer look at some of the features on their new 707 series of chassis. The 707 isn’t entirely new, they’re in fact the GT1 and GR-One chassis with a couple of new panels. This is no bad thing, the GR-One was awesome, but the new aluminium finish front panel and 5.25″ drive bay door look stunning and the top panel has been revised to allow for better water and air cooling support.
The GT1 has been given a similar treatment, a new front and top panel that really brings them up to date and I can’t wait to take a closer look at both of them in a featured review in the coming weeks, when we’ll also be bringing you a review of their upcoming £250 mini-ITX chassis, the D-Frame Mini.
It was only a few weeks ago that I was in Taipei to attend one of the technology industries largest trade shows Computex. While eTeknix were attending the show we were lucky enough to be invited to the In Win factory, where we got to see the many stages of product development and manufacturing, as well as being part of a small group who were the first to see their new D-Frame Mini and S-Frame chassis. While attending the tour we were also awarded the awesome gift of a one of a kind S-Frame of our own, of which only fifteen will ever be produced. The retail edition of the chassis comes in a stunning black and red colour scheme and only 500 of these will be made, each one branded with a special serial number, as too are the 15 models sent to the technology industries review media, such as our selves. The model we were given comes in a blue-tinted colour scheme and I’m sorry to inform you that this colour isn’t available to the public, but the core design and feature set of our model is identical to the retail release, so it shouldn’t have any effect on our review.
In Win have come from being just any other manufacturer, to somewhat legendary status in the last few years. Their passion for creating some truly unique and awe-inspiring products has given them a reputation for creating chassis that are borderline works of art. With products such as the H-Frame, D-Frame, Tòu and the 904 being prime examples of how In Win are literally thinking outside of the box these days and it looks like the S-Frame is one of their boldest designs yet.
Manufactured from a single piece of 4mm thick aluminium, the metal work of the S-Frame is folded 15 times by two people who feed the metal into a special machine, giving the chassis manufacturing process a real hands on approach that is very different from the often automated production lines we’re used to seeing create PC cases. It is then finished off with two 5mm thick panels of tempered glass, which means no expense has been spared in the construction.
As you can see from the specification below, the chassis will handle ATX and MicroATX motherboards, large PSUs, comes with four USB 3.0 ports on the front and room for up to 3 340mm expansion cards. Cooling is an interesting mix as the chassis features a semi open-air design, but you’ll still find room for 3 120mm fans in the bottom, or up to a 360mm radiator, and the chassis can also handle a CPU tower cooler of up to 160mm in height. You’ll also notice the dimensions, this chassis is super wide and long compared to your average ATX chassis.
The box for the chassis is nothing short of massive, one would think their is an American style double fridge in here, but its size is actually a side effect of several inches of soft foam padding protection, designed to keep the tempered glass away from harm in transit.
A few bullet points down the side of the box detail the major selling points of the chassis.
In the box I found a few extra components, including a multi connect SATA cable, 4-from-1 hard drive power cable, motherboard 4+4 pin extensions and a USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 adaptor.
Computex 2014: We’re back once again with even more coverage of the stunning In Win S-Frame which we revealed to the world the other day. We’re not at the In Win booth at Computex 2014 and we finally get to see what this masterpiece of enthusiast grade engineering looks like with a water cooled gaming rig installed inside of it, in short, awesome!
The metal bodywork of the S-Frame is a single piece of thick and anodized aluminium which needs to be skilfully folded in 15 stages to create the final product.
From the first fold, of a near 6ft long piece of metal to the final product which you can see on the right, but of course these are just miniatures for demonstration purposes.
I do love the black and red a lot, but the blue steel colour looks great when combined with tempered glass.
Price is expected to be £649-699 / $799 and will be available first at Scan Computers in the UK and some US retailers very soon.
We’ve been eager to tell you all about this for a few days, but we had to keep it secret for just a little while. InWin recently let us into their head office in Taipei to take a look at their next special edition chassis, the S-Frame.
The S-Frame is their latest flagship product, following along from similar products such as the D-Frame, H-Frame and Tao. It’s design is incredibly unique, with the main part of the chassis being formed from a single piece of thick anodized aluminium, which is then cut and folded to create the front panels, motherboard back plate and rear of the chassis.
The left side panel and right panel are finished with tempered glass held in place with four gorgeous red aluminium screws on peg mounts. This gives a great view of the chassis interior and will certainly demand a high quality build to do this kind of chassis justice.
The sleek black frame of the chassis is trimmed with a red edge, giving a stunning premium look to the chassis from every angle.
On the interior you can see there are a few red trays used for mounting storage drives, the motherboard is mounted at a 90 degree angle meaning the GPU’s exhaust at the top of the chassis, and in the base you’ll find room for three 120mm fans or a 360mm radiator.
The chassis has a an open air design, to plenty of room for airflow around the motherboard and all your components, this could cause issues with dust, but on the other hand, maintenance should be pretty easy thanks to the easily removed side panel.
The PSU is snuggled away in the back panel fold, and there is loads of clearance here that should allow room for longer GPU designs.
There is obviously one downside, the price, the chassis will set you back a whopping $799. This is crazy expensive, but there is really nothing else quite like it and only 500 will be produced. The build quality is incredible and if you stick around we’ll be bringing you a closer look at how the chassis is made in the InWin factory as well as how it was designed.
With the news about the InWin S-Frame now out in the wild, we can also share with you even more details of how the chassis was created. We stopped by the InWin head office to check out their product development suite, as well as their factory to see how they make their products. Of course, we had to cut a few bits from the tour in our coverage a few days ago, but now that the NDA is over, we can show you all these extra pictures of the InWin S-Frame. Once the team have a design in mind, they draft up the early concepts and put them on the board. Obviously the models on the left don’t look much like the S-Frame, but you can see how the design has grown into the more familiar model on the right. Here we see their design process diagram, a process they follow to guide them towards creating a complete product. I do love the final design, but some of these other prototypes do look pretty sweet. Once they’ve got a design they’re happy with, it is crafted out of paper and card, giving them a model to build their first prototypes from. The chassis frame is designed to be made from a single panel of aluminium. That single piece is huge, as you can see it’s over 6ft long and once the complex cuts have been made it requires a lot of skill to bend and fold the metal to the required shape. The tolerances are pretty tight when it comes to manufacturing, but the way each is made means that there are likely to be some very subtle differences in each folds angle from chassis to chassis, making each one a little unique, albeit by amounts so small you wouldn’t notice. In the office they have a few of the early prototypes for the S-Frame and other InWin chassis, as well as smaller samples of the components and materials used. Colour swatches for the aluminium finishings. Here we see a stunning black and gold model, I do prefer the black and red one we’ve seen, but this does look stunning. Plus this might be the first case that looks great with those gold covered ECS motherboards. Hey look, it’s the new D-Frame mini ad the full size D-Frame strutting their funky stuff! An early prototype for the H-Frame hiding away on top of a unit in the corner. A crazy pink finished H-Frame, same the camera doesn’t do the colours finish much justice. The thinking area, here they’ll sit and play around with other chassis (including those from rival brands), read books, look at comics and all kinds of crazy stuff to find inspiration for their next product. An InWin Tao, the stunning aluminium and glass construction which we reviewed a while back. One of the designers desks complete with drawing board, high quality monitor, and of course an awesome guitar setup for when he needs a little break to boost his creativity. Leaving the design room, we now return to the factory. Here you can see the H-Frame being measured with this laser measuring machine, testing the tolerances of the product and making sure its suitable to be a retail product. Once complete, the chassis are boxed up, loaded onto the truck and shipped out to retail. We’ll have the S-Frame in for review very soon and look forward to sharing even more details with you over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more updates and of course even more coverage from this weeks Computex event.