Summary: I use this case "upside down", with the power supply at the top drawing cool air in. I have a flat rabbit cage fan (originally intended to be a PCI slot cooler) exhausting warm air from the top of the case. Video card is a "silent" model, huge heatsink does actually fit into the case. Large aftermarket CPU coolers will probably fit only if the optical drive is removed.
Pros: Exterior dimensions are very compact (less than 6" wide) Power supply driven within 80% of 300 W without issues
Cons: Small case means there's almost no room to work when swapping parts No auxiliary PCIe power connector (efficient power video cards only, i.e. Radeon 7750 @ 45 Watts)
Summary: After I learn to administrate a Smoothwall firewall I built from spare parts, I'm buying another of these cases for an Ubuntu Server/WordPress/Moodle webserver that fits my standup desk. A $7.00 Arctic Cooling Alpine GT 64 has kept my AMD A8-5500 happy for 6 months or so now. It just got an ASRock FM2A88M motherboard and I'm way happy with the way the machine works now. This is a helluva long way from the Sinclair ZX80 I started out with in 1979.
Pros: After hundredss of times upgrading the insides of this case, it still comes apart without falling apart and goes back together right every time At first, I thought it was flimsy. It isn't. Top-grade engineering. Perfect size for me. Runs cool and silent with just the CPU fan and the PSU fan, since I learned to properly use the partition plate.
Cons: It ate CPU coolers until I started sealing the air holes on the partition plate with duct tape. I learned from burning out a CPU cooler's fan that extra care is needed to make sure the cables to the DVD burner stay out of the fan. Duh. The stick-on feet really suck, but I got some aftermarket feet that work great.
Summary: Used in 20+ Workstation configurations for the ease of assembly and small form factor associated with the device. These units do not seem to collect as much dust as the dell units that they replaced. Employees love that they have a much greater amount of leg room. It takes me approximately 40 minutes to complete a build in this case with having to unbox everything as I go. This is pretty quick and allows me to produce more units in less time.
Pros: -Perfect Form Factor -Fits full size Graphics -300W Built-in PSU provides plenty of power for a variety of configurations -Cooling partition works perfectly for stock Intel coolers -fits 2 x3.5 HDD's, and a 5.25 CD/DVD/BD Drive -Lights on the front of the case and case itself are attractive. -Made from Solid Materials -Device is less likely to tip over than thin models due to full width
Cons: -Ventilation is not in excess -working with just one unit might be confusing due to lack of instructions -Top of the case can be difficult to get on
Summary: My situation is a little extreme in that I needed something small but also something with good air circulation. My trunk mounted PC is for a car in the Atlanta, GA area, so it gets to some pretty extreme temps in the trunk. I cut an additional 2 holes in the side to mount an 80mm and 92mm fans (Noctua). That helped take temps on my Intel 2120t to 50C under heavy load. So the extra fans reduced my temps about 15C and really wasn't much louder, got to hand it to Noctua.
Pros: This is a very small footprint case, just what I need for a trunk mounted CarPC. My 2011 Sonata didn't have room under the front seats for my old Travla c289 case, so I had to go to the trunk. This case fits nicely in the right back corner behind the tire. It allows for an external 5.25" and 3.5" drive bay, one for an SSD boot drive and one for a 3tb data drive. Being able to easily remove drives allows me to make updates away from the car. Did I mention how small thi...
Cons: Air circulation isn't the best, so you really need to plan ahead and use low power and low heat output components. Also, beware that a long drive in the 5.25" external bay will sit over part of the CPU, so you will need to stick with the stock heatsink / fan or go with a low profile model with no more than 70mm combined height.
Pros: solid, well made case with a quiet fan. Smallest one I could find that can take two hard disk drives; I put a RAID controller in it and it worked like a charm. Have had it for 2 years with no problems.
Cons: because it is a small case, everything is a bit tight.
Summary: I got this case for my wife's Windows 8 Pro system. She has a small desk in the kitchen so space is at a premium. This case was just what was needed. Much smaller than her old mATX case. I love the design, unique and functional. I'm building three more systems (a couple test units and an HTPC). Great job InWin.
Pros: Awesome little case for basic PC configurations. Took me a bit to figure it all out, but after that everything came together nicely. I like this case so much I just bought 3 more for various projects.
Cons: Instructions aren't the greatest, but didn't take long to figure out how it all goes together. Not necessarily a con, but not sure how this case would do with an add-on video card.
Summary: This case is one of the best thought out matx designs around. Very small size accommodates three 2.5" hard drives and a regular size CD-DVD drive. No room for a discreet video card, but not necessary given the newer CPU/GPU combo processors. I was able to do an extremely clean installation in this case. Also, the case is very pleasing to the eye. Good job INWIN!
Pros: Small size, intelligent layout, aesthetically pleasing exterior.
Cons: No case fan other than the Intel CPU fan, not much room for a stand-alone video card.
Summary: IN Win should sell the case w/o the PSU or include a 300-350w 80+ PSU with a PCIe connector I replaced the PSU with a Silverstone 450W PSU. but here are the specs for the one that came with it. The Seasonic 350W SFX will fit, but it would be right up against the HDD's PSU Power Man IP-P300BN1-0 + 3.3v 20A +5v 20A MAX 125W +12v1 16A +12v2 16A Max 264W -12v 0.5A +5vsb 2A Max 10W 20+4 cable 14" long ATX/P4 14" Long utility1- SATA 6" Molex 12" Floppy 16" Utility2- SATA 17"...
Pros: incredible case! Solid construction, well thought out. Partition plate (PP) works with H61 and P67 uATX MB's and stock cooler (use low profile ram) Holds a 9.5" GPU (get one with end mount PCIe connectors) My XFX 7850 (top connectors)caused the case to bulge slightly
Cons: Weak non-80+ PSU (would be OK for non gaming GPU office builds or HTPC) no option to install fans vice the PP. the PP works well on the CPU, but there is no help for the GPU. I removed the PP after a few days and installed a Zalman CNP8900 CPU Fan and 2 Apevia 60mm fans in the rear (Fans required drilling)
Summary: Those complaining about noise are most likely using hot components like a video card, making the fan in the PSU work flat out to cool the case. This is NOT a gamer case! For a business PC using on-board graphics it is great. Using Intel DH61BE / i5-2400 / SSD.
Pros: Super small. Near silent (see other thoughts). Looks nice. V. clever design. Good cooling for desktop PC.