Summary: No surprises - only the standard ITX compromises: case is 1.4" wider than my Morex mini-ITX case but it uses desktop components which is what I wanted - extra width is needed for these. Used this case for a mini-ITX build using Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe, AMD Phenom 910e 4-core low-power CPU and low profile RAM - everything fits perfectly.
Pros: My favorite case from years ago was an In-Win. Chose this case because it supports full size optical & hard drives, standard TFX power supply, and is well designed - happy with my choice. Power supply is still working well - so a very successful build.
Cons: I replaced the cheap original fan with a "quiet" PWM model. Originally I was baffled what to do with the ".8" HDD drive bay which is too thin for any HDD that I have. Found a Vantec 3.5" to 2.5" HDD to SSD converter tray which fits perfectly - so now I have an SSD drive bay! (should come with this case).
Pros: My a10-7800 stays under 45C even when its overclocked and under load. Small dimensions are close to the ps4/xbox one so I'd run dual graphics with a low profile card in this case to try to match those systems. Fans are really quiet, even under load.
Cons: The hard drive bay has to be removed to add a hard drive and it has four screws holding it in where one screw is buried under the power supply wires, I would have greatly appreciated if they used 1 screw and had it slide out to the left when facing the faceplate.
Pros: Good cabinet build and layout. Excellent ventilation with quiet fans
Cons: The top lid of the unit was a tight fit and I couldn't grip the cover properly to slide it off. had to use a screw driver to pry open the unit. The sheet metal frame could have been thicker as it seems to deform rather easily. Took an egg off for that.
Decent quality, not robust enough, PSU and fan are junk
Kyril F., Newegg
12 August 2014
Summary: In-Win makes very good quality cases, with well thought out design and layout. However the inexplicable skimpiness on the sheetmetal simply compromises the entire case. For those that never move their machines, this might be ok, but in any environment where PCs are moved around often or handled roughly, this is simply unacceptable. Likewise, the unyielding push to bundle substandard components can only lead to disappointment down the road.
Pros: Good quality design, fabrication and paint job. Compact, yet roomy inside. The 100mm height allows for some nicer heatsinks to fit. Accepts standard TFX power supplies (like Seasonic SS-300 / 350 TGW / TGM).
Cons: Sheet metal is too thin: 0.6mm all around. The motherboard plate feels even thinner and for some unknown reason is sandwiched to the outer shell - why? Would it hurt to make it a single piece of substantial thickness? As it is, it feels like a paper membrane - push it with your finger and it moves in and out. The bundled PSU is garbage and so is the fan. Why do they even bother bundling these? Wouldn't it be nice to make it an option? Any builder with a token experien...
Summary: 24 pin mobo power connector on included supply was actually 20+4 for compatibility, plus the cpu 4+4 12V connector. I only used the 4 pin cpu connecter and left the add-on +4 dangling. I have not experienced any power supply fan noise that others had. I did not use an optical drive, so I bundled the spare usb, power, and sata cables in that bay. Power led is very bright.
Pros: small, black, front usb+audio, power supply on side to avoid cpu heatsink space issues.
Cons: a few area around the dive cage have sharp edges. Have to remove the drive cage to screw hard drive into it. 80mm case fan was a little loud.
Summary: The drive cage location is the biggest issue. With an optical drive of length > 180 mm it will hit DRAM with heatsinks in my Asus H87 board (other boards with the DRAM slots closer to the back edge of the MB will require an even shorter optical drive if the heatsinks are tall.) Needle nose pliers corrected the GSkill heatsink infraction. The optical drive and power connector also infringe on the CPU stock fan cage, so watch out for any drive longer than 190 mm.
Pros: * Attractive and well built. * No problems with the power switch that others have reported. * Good case for the price.
Cons: * Cable management is not good. * The optical disc drive overhangs the MB and DRAM, potentially hitting DRAM with heatsinks and the CPU fan. * The single case fan is not PWM. * The drive cage cannot be removed until the optical disc is removed. * Internal power supply takes up unnecessary space. * The 2 front USB ports are spaced way too close so forget about using a thumb drive + something else. No USB3 front port.