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.

Lian-Li PC-X510 WX Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Lian Li, the chassis’ industries own masters of aluminium chassis design, are back once again. Lian Li have a rock solid reputation for exceptional build quality and design, just look at some of the other Lian Li chassis’ reviews we’ve done here at eTeknix for example; DK-01 Desk, PC-T80 Test Bench, PC-V359 Cube, PC-A79 Full Tower, PC-Q30 Mini-ITX, PC-CK101 Train, PC-TU100 Mini-ITX, PC-90, PC-B12 and PC-7HX! Time and time again Lian Li have won awards from us here at eTeknix, as well as from many other sources all around the world. So with that in mind, I’ve got pretty high expectations of the new Lian Li chassis, the PC-X510 WX and with a retail price close to £350, it looks set to be something pretty special.

Lian Li released the following product tour video, although it’s certainly not the best in terms of presentation, so don’t feel bad if you start to skip through some of it. However, it does give us a nice look at the overall size of this chassis, and it’s certainly quite tall for a “mid-tower”.

It’s very well equipped, with a decent amount of storage bays for 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives, with the obvious omission of 5.25″ drive bays, although that’s hardly uncommon these days.

The reason for the super tall design? The X510 uses multiple chambers to better control heat and airflow. There’s a smaller section at the base for the PSU, which is semi-connected to the main chamber for the motherboard while there is also a separate chamber at the top just for storage drives.

Built from vast amounts of black brushed aluminium and finished with tempered glass on the left side panel, the X510 certainly looks impressive. As well as clocking in at a massive 620mm high, a consequence of that chambered design, but on the plus side, it’s not very long, so shouldn’t take up too much floor space.

The glass panel is held in place by thumb screws, should you need to remove it for any reason, although the only one I can think of is so that you can give it a good clean.

There’s a few cut-outs on the aluminium panel, behind which you’ll find a dust filter, giving ample airflow to the front fans without spoiling the clean looks of the front panel.

The right side panel is another massive slab of black brushed aluminium and it’s far prettier than my pictures could ever capture. There’s also more ventilation here, giving even more airflow to the front mounted cooling; you can also see the fans through the mesh if you look carefully.

The front panel looks stunning, with a curved top edge that gives it a more flowing and sleeker design, with only a small Lian Li logo towards the bottom for branding.

A closer look at the top right corner, you’ll also find two small LED lights set into the aluminium; these are for power and HDD activity.

Around the back, we get a good indication of just how tall this chassis really is, looking about 50% taller than your average mid-tower design.

At the top, there’s a single 120mm fan exhaust for the storage bay compartment, as well as the master control dial for the built-in fan speed controller.

Further down, we have yet another 120mm fan exhaust, which features a cut-out and grommet system below it that’ll be great for some water cooling configurations.

Eight expansion slots, each fitted with a reusable and ventilated cover.

Finally, we have the PSU mounting plate, which comes fitted with thumbscrews, allowing for quick and easy installation and removal of the power supply.

The top panel is nice and sleek too, and comes with dual 120mm fan mounts, although they’re fitted with aluminium covers which will help reduce noise from the system if you’re not using the mounts.

Towards the front, a slide back cover that hides the main I/O, as well as a gorgeous mechanical button for the master power control.

Slide it back and you’ll find four USB 3.0 ports, although an adaptor is included to convert them to USB 2.0 if your motherboard can’t support all four as USB 3.0.

On the base, you’ll find four large feet that give great ground clearance to the PSU air intake, which comes fitted with a washable dust filter that can be slid out to the side of the chassis for easy maintenance.

Even the feet are aluminium, with a lovely finish to them and firm rubber grips on the base to prevent is sliding around on harder floor surfaces.

In Win 805 Aluminium and Glass Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


In Win, the modern masters of chassis design, are back once again. Today we’ll be taking a look at the In Win 805, a slightly more accessible product for the masses that takes many of the style points of the premium ranges that In Win offer. We’ve been blown away by their more creative products such as the S-Frame, H-Frame, H-Tower, D-Frame, Tao and many more, but it is nice to see these wonder-chassis filtering down into a more consumer friendly package, both in terms of price and ergonomics.

The 805 is designed to impress, with an aluminum frame which features LED highlighting, as well as glass panels on the left, front and right sides, giving you a great look at the chassis interior, perfect for showing off your build. There are three colours available, which colour coordinate the front I/O panel with the LED In Win logo on the side of the chassis.

No stranger to innovation, the chassis also features the new USB3.1 Type-C connector.

“805 is equipped with one all-new reversible USB3.1 TYPE-C port for ultimate data speed transfers up to 10Gb/s which is twice as fast USB 3.0*. This feature saves valuable transfer time and also the USB3.1 TYPE-C is easily accessible at both ends. The actual data transfer speeds will be determined by your motherboard specification.

Water cooling or air cooling, the 805 has got you covered here too. There’s a single 120mm exhaust fan included, but you’ll find room for two 120mm fans in the base, as well as two 120/140mm fans in the front. This also means you can fit a radiator in the front and back of the chassis, allowing you to unlock more performance and cooling for your hardware of choice.

First impression of this chassis are extremely positive, with a full-size side-panel cut from tempered glass that looks significantly better than any plastic panel ever would. The panel is held on by four aluminium thumb screws and mounted on rubber coated pegs to protect it.

The right side panel is the same, giving a great view of the interior and behind the motherboard. Keep in mind, this does mean that you’ll want to take extra care with your cable routing, as it’ll all be on show, and even more so if you’ve got lighting in your build.

the front panel is tempered glass too, showing off the metal work detail behind it, although because of this metal behind it, it’s also a lot more mirror like and harder to capture with my camera, but we’ll see it better from the interior.

The brushed aluminium panel at the top houses the USB 2.0 ports, HD audio jacks, a single USB 3.0 and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. There’s also a pair of indicator LEDs and the power button here.

The In Win logo is behind the glass, not printed on it, a nice yet rather subtle touch.

Things look pretty standard around the back, with a large fan grille at the top for the rear 120mm fan, eight expansion slots with reusable covers and the PSU cut-out.

The top panel is a single piece of black brushed aluminium.

On the base, we’ve got two full-width plastic feet with rubber grips, these provide a nice stand but also improved ground clearance for the bottom dust filter.

This dust filter provides clean passive airflow, but also covers the mounts for two optional 120mm fans.

Lian Li Announces The PC-X510 Tower Chassis

Lian Li announced their newest chassis and this time it is quite a bit bigger than the recently announced PC-Q21. The new chassis is called the PC-X510 and it is a beautiful premium mid-tower sized chassis with plenty of room for cooling and hardware in its 3-chamber design.

The Case is trisected into three airflow chambers. The bottom one is intended for the PSU, the middle for your motherboard and graphics card, and the top one is for your storage equipment and possible extra radiator mount. Three 120mm fans pull air through two long intakes along the front of the side panels and each of them is covered by a washable magnetic mesh air filter strip. You can mount an additional two 120mm fans at the top and central compartments while the PSU exhausts the bottom compartment itself.

The top compartment of the PC-X510 features two of the removable drive trays that we’ve seen more of Lian Li’s cases have. They are mounted on shock-absorbing rubber grommets to provide a silent operation even when you’re using mechanical drives. Each tray holds two drives for a total of four 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives of your choice. Those who do not need as much storage space can remove them in order to create more space for ambitious cooling setups. One of the drive trays, or additionally bought ones, can also be mounted on the rear of the motherboard tray for even more drive capabilities. Last but not least, you can mount another two drives on the top of the PSU shroud, making it a total of 8 possible drives in this chassis.

There is plenty of room for normal sized and large hardware such as full-sized ATX motherboards and long graphics cards. You got eight expansion slots at your disposal, enough for four double-slot graphics cards for example. Graphics cards up to 330mm and CPU coolers up to 180mm can easily be mounted into this gorgeous Lian Li PC-X510 chassis.
The front panel features four USB 3.0 along with the obligatory HD audio connections. There is also an included fan controller, but it is located at the top rear instead of the top of the chassis.

If your interest has been sparked for this new Lian Li chassis, then you don’t have to wait that long. It should be available early October at Overclockers UK. The downside, it won’t come cheap. The full aluminium chassis with tempered glass will set you back £329.90.

Features:

  • Isolated air chambers for efficient cooling
  • Fits huge components – 330mm VGA Card, 180mm CPU cooler, 245mm PSU length
  • Eight expansion slots
  • Support for eight total drives
  • Tempered glass window for showing off hardware
  • Included fan-speed controller
  • Availability in the UK: Early October
  • MSRP: GBP £329.90

Lian Li Announced the PC-V33 Cube Case

Lian Li announced another gorgeous chassis and this time it isn’t a large desk shaped one but rather a practical cube shaped chassis. As it always is from Lian Li, the new PC-V33 is a full aluminium chassis that offers a lot of room inside for your components and comes in three different versions.

You can get the new Lian Li PC-V33 in black, in silver, or in black with a tempered glass side panel. The case is built with a sturdy construction, comes with dust filters and easy accessibility to everything thanks to the hinge on the front, allowing the case to swing open for full access.

You can mount motherboards with a size from mITX to full-sized ATX and the case has 7 expansion ports. When I said that there was a lot of room inside the chassis for all your hardware, I meant that. You can mount graphics cards with a length of up to 330mm, CPU coolers with a height up to 190mm, and pretty much any power supply with the 300mm clearance for that.

The front fan intake has a magnetic dust filter and allows for up to two 120mm fans or a single 240mm radiator to me mounted. There is another 120mm fan at the rear of the chassis for exhaust. Storage is the only thing you can’t mount a lot of, but still sufficient. You can add up to four 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives of your choice on the rubber mounted brackets.

The rear has room for an optional RGB light controller and you get two front USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks. The PC-V33 will be available in early October at Overclockers for the MSRP of GBP 159.90 while the PC-V33WX comes a little later and will be available in early November for MSRP of GBP 189.90.

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DeepCool’s GamerStorm TriStellar Now With Tempered Glass

Normal is boring and everyone can do that, make a square box, cut some holes and call it a case. Granted, there are many different ones and most of them have a great purpose, but they are pretty much the same. But not all of them and DeepCool has reminded us of that with their GamerStorm TriStellar ITX chassis. We first saw the case featured in CyberPowerPC’s Trinity Gaming System and a little later the standalone released.

Now DeepCool went ahead and created a second version of this chassis and it looks even better than the first version. DeepCool added tempered glass to the top compartment, allowing you to showcase your GPU on one side and three 3.5-inch drives on the other side.

The are three glass pieces, one for the top and one for each side of the compartment. Each is fastened with four flat thumb screws. The rest of the chassis remains as in the original TriStellar chassis.

Sadly there wasn’t any word on availability and price yet, but I’m sure these information will follow shortly. I for one wouldn’t mind having a system in this chassis on my desktop, living room or even bedroom for that matter. It looks awesome and now better than ever with the tempered glass.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

InWin Introduces yet Another Gorgeous Chassis, the 503 Mid-Tower

InWin has created a lot of amazing PC cases and won almost countless awards for them, and now they’re back with another great looking mainstream case with the name 503. The InWin 503 mid-tower PC chassis comes in two colour choices and it has plenty of room for all your components, even the extra big ones.

The black and red version of the chassis comes with a red LED fan and the white edition comes with a white LED fan to match the ambience. The extra-large window will give a great view of all your components and the beautiful setup you can create inside this chassis. It is built from strong high-quality SECC steel and the unique tempered glass front will slide down to reveal the 5.25-inch drive bay.

As previously mentioned, there is plenty of room for all your components in this chassis. You can mount motherboards from mITX up to ATX with 7 expansion slots. Long graphics cards aren’t a problem either with 408mm space for this. CPU heatsinks can be up to 170mm high and there is 27mm of space behind the motherboard to hide away all those ugly and extra cables; we wouldn’t want to display those.

The front panel is kept simple, but has a backlit power button. There’s also two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port besides the obligatory two 3.5mm jacks for your headset. The sliding front panel won’t cover the ports when closed, so you don’t need to worry about unplugging everything to hide away your optical drive, fan controller or whatever you might want to put into that 5.25-inch bay.

To keep everything under proper airflow, the case features two front 120mm intake fans and one rear exhaust 120mm fan.

Internally you have another two 5.25-inch drive bays for hardware that doesn’t need front access just as there’s room for four 3.5-inch drives and two 2.5-inch drives. The 3.5-inch bays can also be used for 2.5-inch drives and the whole thing is both tool and screw-less.

You might expect this case to cost an arm and a leg, but the good news is that it won’t. It comes with a highly affordable expected retail price of just $49 USD.

Lian Li Giving a Sneak Peak of the Latest Desk and O Series Prototypes

Lian Li has shown us some really impressive chassis over the years and they’re gearing up the latest prototypes, getting them ready to show off at CeBIT 2015. Two of the new chassis that will be on display at Hall 17, D26 at CeBIT are the DK-Q2 desk chassis and the PC-O8 premium tower with tempered glass, both perfect for those who want to show off their beautiful builds.

The DK-Q2 Desk Chassis Prototype combines the symbiotic relationship of desks and computer cases into one. The DK-01 and DK-02 were the first desk chassis to be brought to the mainstream market and now about a year later the new version is seeing its debut.

The new chassis is the result of user feedback where the major updates include a removable motherboard tray, new leg design, and a slimmer body.

The newest addition to the O Series is the PC-O8. The O Series was initially launched last year featuring a combination of Lian Li’s traditional high-end aluminium construction with oversized tempered glass windows. Perfect for those who want to show off their beautiful builds and expensive hardware.

The new PC-O8 prototype does the same as the previous in the series, but more of it. It is bigger and allows for a lot of hardware to be added into the dual chamber chassis.

The motherboard is located on one side of the chassis, housing all the main components. On the other side, you have plenty of room for storage drives, your PSU, and cables.

The drive rack can hold six 3.5-inch drives and one 2.5-inch drive on top of it. The whole thing has two 120mm fans mounted to keep the drives cool and it can be removed for easy assembly and cleaning.

Dust filters are conveniently placed around the air-intakes to keep your system clean and for you to easy remove and clean.

The chassis comes with plenty of front USB 3.0 ports as well as audio jacks for your headset.

We’re looking forward to seeing these new cases live at CeBIT, the surely look great.

Thanks to Lian-Li for providing us with this information

Lian-Li PC-05S Wall Mountable Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


Lian-Li is a master of aluminium chassis design. Time and time again they’ve created incredible chassis that are works of art as much as they are practical, high-performance juggernauts. Today is a pretty special day for Lian-Li as it marks the launch of their latest fanciful chassis, the PC-05S, which is rather unique in the sense that it can be used as a horizontal HTPC style chassis, mounted vertically on a special stand for desktop use, or even more special than that, you can mount it on a wall!

The chassis modding scene has seen wall mounted chassis already, as there are a lot of people out there who love to show off their rigs and what better way than putting it right up on display where everyone can see it. Of course, this is a pretty specialist product, which isn’t going to appeal to everyone out there, but for those that want to take a break from the standard chassis form factors that sit under your desk, the PC-05S is certainly a breath of fresh air.

The PC-O5S is one of four chassis in the wall-mountable range from Lian-Li, of which there will support for different hardware, including water cooling support with the 05S, 06S and 07S models. The chassis I have at my disposal today is the mini-ITX model, which comes with support for a slim optical drive, removable hard drive bays, room for many of the largest graphics cards on the market, an SFX power supply and more.

Included in the box, you will find everything you need to get your rig put together. There’s a bundle of high-quality screws and fittings, an adaptor bracket, a high-quality aluminium vertical mount and four screw on feet for horizontal mounting.

First impressions of the PC-05 are very good; this is without a doubt a great looking combination of black brushed aluminium and tempered glass.

The top of the chassis is a thick piece of real glass, held in place by four large thumb screws; giving you an uncompromised view of the chassis interior. Down the right side of the chassis you’ll find a 240mm fan vent, behind that you’ll also find a slide out filter and a pair of 120mm fans.

The front panel is a nice mixture of funky shapes. There’s a lot of ventilation on the top half, while the lower section features the HD audio jacks, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, the power switch and further over from that, the slim optical drive bay.

The rear panel design is very similar to the front, but the top ventilation part is now the motherboard I/O cut-out and the rear exhaust for any expansion cards. In the bottom right corner you’ll find two cut-outs, these are used for routing any cables to the interior of the chassis; such as the PSU power cable.

On the bottom of the chassis, you’ll find a couple of screws on the left side, allowing you to take off the side panel and access the fan mounts. Then there’s four more screws for removing the large base panel, this gives you access to the area behind the motherboard, as well as an optional rear 120/140mm fan mount; which also comes fitted with a dust filter.

In Win D-Frame Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


In Win are back once again with yet another flag-ship chassis to add to their collection. Their new In Win D-Frame Mini isn’t exactly a new model altogether, given that a couple of years ago they launched the full-size D-Frame. It is however a much smaller and user-friendly model, perfect for lugging with you to LAN events thanks to it’s smaller size, lower weight and built-in carry handle.

In Win are no stranger to crazy, ultra high-end and truly unique chassis. Over the last few years they’ve gone from manufacturing humble desktop chassis to creating some of the most desirable and original products on the market. Just take a look at the 904, 901, S-Frame, H-Frame, H-Frame Mini and Tou chassis’ which we’ve reviewed. Quality and originality come at a price and while the D-Frame mini is far from the most expensive chassis In Win produce, it’s still going to need a wallet stuffed with £250 for those looking to invest. So just how much chassis do you get for your hard-earned money? Let’s dive in a take a closer look at what the D-Frame Mini has to offer.

The chassis comes constructed from a series of aluminium tubing and aluminium metal plate. With the added benefit that its design gives it great strength and helps keep the chassis as light as possible. Don’t be too fooled though, this small chassis still packs a fair bit of weight courtesy of the two thick sheets of tempered glass that adorn the sides.

The glass side panels are lightly tinted, but still give you a great view of the chassis interior; which has been carefully designed to best show off the components of your system build.

From the front you can see there is a slightly recessed I/O panel, where you’ll find all the usual ports as well as the power and reset buttons. Behind that are the hard drive mounts, which are suspended from the motherboard backplate like a set of shelves.

Around the back we’ve got the PSU mount, which effectively hangs at the back of the chassis. Once very nice feature is that you can mount the PSU with the power cable at the bottom or the top, as there are two mounting plates on this chassis.

At the top of the chassis is a textured centre bar, this provides a great gripping point for picking up the chassis.

The base of the chassis is just as open as the rest of it. This is a good thing of course as there are two 120mm fan mounts in the base that are prefect for a 240mm radiator. The rubber clips that surround the chassis add some nice flair, but the ones on the base of the chassis also double as the feet.

In Win 901 Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


 

In Win are no stranger to unique and premium quality chassis. Over the last couple of years the company has come back time and time again with a stunning new product that is unlike anything else on the market. The 901 is no exception to that rule, albeit only slightly. This is in fact the smaller version of their stunning In Win 904 chassis. It’s been cut down to size to support mini-ITX motherboards, ideal for those who want a more compact system, but still want all of the style of the full-size 904.

I absolutely loved the 904, it’s one of the slickest looking chassis on the market today. While it can be a little expensive at around £160, you got a vast amount of high quality brushed aluminium and tempered glass for your money. The 901 isn’t exactly budget friendly either, clocking in around £120 despite it’s greatly reduced form factor. If previous specialist In Win cases are to go by, the 901 will be worth every penny. Of course there is only one way to find that out, so let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.

As you can see from the specifications, things are pretty straight forward. There is a slim optical bay, room for an ATX PSU, mini-ITX motherboard, a long graphics and a range of cooling fans/radiators; more than enough for a decent gaming rig.

In the box you will find all the usual components required to put your system together. There’s even some 3M backed cable management clips and a microfiber cleaning cloth to help keep everything looking neat and tidy.

Breaking News: InWin Reveal S-Frame Chassis At Computex 2014

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.

InWin Development Suite, Exclusive Look at S-Frame Development & Prototypes

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.

In Win H-Frame Mini mITX Aluminium Chassis Review

Introduction


We have another funky little chassis in the eTeknix office today, and while it was only a couple of weeks ago that we took a look at the truly epic H-Frame from InWin, we now have something a little smaller, lighter and less expensive, the H-Frame Mini. The mITX sibling of the Aluminium monster that is the H-Frame looks set to offer a similar design ethic, but with a much reduced footprint, making it ideal for those short of space or in need of something more portable.

mITX has undergone a rebirth this last year, with mITX chassis proving more and more popular we have seen hardware manufacturers put out some of the greatest small components, especially when it comes to motherboards and APUs that are capable of giving smaller form factors some impressive graphics performance. Yet much of the attention goes towards the larger mITX chassis such as the BitFenix prodigy, but there is a market out there that wants all the premium build quality and design they can get in a much smaller form factor.

InWin look set to deliver to those who want such a design, giving the H-Frame Mini an aluminium and tempered glass finish, something that goes a long way to explaining the price tag of £161.99. That is expensive for something this small but it does features an integrated 180w PSU, and if the build quality is anything like that of the £260 H-Frame (full size) then it may not be such a bad deal after all. So lets get right to it and see just what this chassis has to offer.

In the box we found a simple user guide, a bundle of extra cables for the PSU and all the usual nuts and bolts required to install our components.