Review: In Win 303 PC case

Review: In Win 303 PC case
Rating
Overall:

"...the exact opposite of your typically aggressive case..."

Price
$109 AUD
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Specs
335 x 610 x 572mm (HxWxD); 7x expansion slots; 2x 3.5in drive bays, 4x2.5in drive bays; 4x fan slot available; ATX or smaller; 2x USB3, 2x USB2, audio ports; 10.8kg.

Refined elegance with a touch of glass.

For anyone of a military bent, it would be easy to think that In Win’s 303 PC case has some kind of tactical, gaming-related design. But no – in fact, it’s almost the exact opposite of your typically aggressive case designed for gamers. It’s an elegant chassis, a simple, classic rectangular tower with deliciously luxe features.

The most obvious of these is the tempered glass side-panel. This isn’t an inset window in and otherwise metal panel – it’s a single piece of glass, with metal and plastic fittings top and bottom to allow it to slot into the main chassis. It’s a tool-less panel, as well, which makes for easy access to system internals at any time, and one less set of thumb-screws to keep track of. It does mean it isn’t quite a perfect seal, so noise may be an issue. But the smoked glass look more than makes up for it.

In Win’s also made sure that since you’ll be able to see every part of the case’s interior, that what you see looks just as striking. The power supply is installed in a separate compartment at the top of the case, with a wide hexagonal mesh panel on either side making a striking visual statement. It’s not going to change thermals, much, but at least he rising heat of the PSU is going to exit the case without wafting over other parts. Below this is the motherboard tray and… nothing else. HDDs are stored behind the motherboard panel, on a pair of slot-in trays, while SSDs can be stored either in the same spot, or on similar trays beside the motherboard. These lie in the same orientation as the mobo, meaning there are no drive caddies to get in the way of long video cards or disrupt clear airflow from front to back of the case.

Airflow, though, is perhaps the one wrinkle in the case’s design. For one, it comes without fans, which makes the otherwise solid $109 asking price that much dearer. And there are no front-facing mounts – intake fans slot into the case’s bottom panel. Not a huge drama, and they are protected by a filter, but it may still be a deal-breaker for some. But if you prefer water-cooling, then it’s not a drama at all.
But you’ll have one dramatic looking system.

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