Excerpt: In Win 904 Case Review When thinking about enthusiast cases there are handful of manufacturers who spring to mind immediately, such as long established companies like Antec, Cooler Master and Lian Li or more recent entrants to the marketplace...
Summary: First off, let's make one thing clear: The In Win 904 is not a gamer's chassis. It is for those who want a beautiful-looking system first and foremost. Sure, you can install fully sized components into the chassis, but its unique design limits it somewhat in terms of cooling choices.
Pros: Beautiful look, Excellent use of unusual materials, All about clean looks, Thick aluminum panels, Tempered & tinted side panels, Hot-swappable 2.5/3.5" trays, Additional 2.5" drive-mounting possibilities, Great use of space within the case, Use of spring-loaded thumbscrews on external covers, Gre...
Cons: A bit too slim for comfort as its height limits the CPU cooler's height, ODD bay on bottom may not be for everyone, No thumbscrews on motherboard expansion slots, No fans included out of the box, Glass is a fingerprint magnet, Why so expensive in the US?
Excerpt: In Win was founded in 1985 and today have become one of the premier computer chassis manufacturers in the world. In Win's unique and almost sculptural design on their chassis models proved to be a winning formula for success.
Summary: Headquartered in Taiwan, IN WIN seems to have set themselves the task of stirring up the case market with exceptional models. But for everyday use, open benchmark tables such as the D Frame, H Frame and X Frame or the hardglass case Tou are only of limited suitability.
Pros: quality materials, high material thickness, unique design, enough place for long expansion cards, hard disk bays with Easy Swap and tool-free installation for 3.5" drives, I/O panel with four USB 3.0 ports, cable management, dust filters in front of the front fan slot, mounting space for 120mm an...
Cons: fans not included; only two fan slots, little room for high CPU coolers and big power supplies, quite few drive bays, no tool-less mounting for optical drives and expansion cards
Summary: Final Thoughts
This case is sort of a mixed bag for me. While there is a lot to like about this case there are some things that I do not like and definitely need fixed. So first let me talk about some of the things that I really did not like about this case.
Pros: – Sleek design, – Its made of glass and aluminum!, – Hotswappable HDD bays, – 4 USB 3.0 ports, – CPU and ATX power extensions included
Cons: – Price, – No fans included and room for only 2 fans, – Limited space for power supplies, – Very hard to connect power to the 5.25inch drive bay, – Routing holes covered by the motherboard
Conclusion: We almost get the feeling the In-Win 904 is as exclusive as the Tou, with some odd design choices but the price especially means that is case is actually very mainstream. It does look fantastic, is supremely well-made and the extensive use of glass is a very bold but ultimately successful move.
Conclusion: The In Win 904 left us with mixed feelings. On the one hand it's a very modern enclosure with a stylish and unique design complete with smoked glass. It's not an affordable chassis, but the quality of the materials and clever design justify the high price.
Excerpt: There is something to be said for being unique. But how unique can something be before it is so niche as to be nearly useless? I refer to cars a lot, and while I am not a big sports car guy I grew up building hot rods with my grandfather, everything from T-buckets with blown out 302’s to ’66 Charger...
Pros: Adapter to convert additional USB 3.0 to USB 2.0, Room for a 120/140mm radiator to be mounted on the rear of the case, Tool-less system on HDD bays is simple and very effective, Construction of the case is superb, every screw lines up perfectly, Overall appearance is very attractive, Back panel h...
Cons: ODD placement is awkward to use, Without intake and exhaust fans temps in the case get very high
Conclusion: When compared to many other chassis in this price range, the In Win 904 is lacking in several major areas. Storage is limited to 5 drives, and only three of them can be 3.5″ drives, there is only one 5.25″ drive bays and it would be impractical to use that drive for a card reader or similar input...
Pros: Unique design, Flawless construction, High quality finish and components, Price
Cons: Less storage that most chassis in this price range, CPU cooler hight limit, Air cooling limitations