In Win 101 Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Physical Look - Inside

Here is the full view of the internal layout. The first thing I noticed was the detail In Win went to paint everything white. Even the pre-installed motherboard stand offs are painted white. The fan mountings on the right as well as the HDD mounts are black though; I think it creates a nice contrast with the rest of the case. It would look awesome if you could build an all-white build in this case, especially with the tempered glass window. The motherboard area can accommodate up to an ATX sized motherboard, as well it has a nice large cutout to make mounting coolers easier. The corners around the intake are rounded to ensure it will not cut any wires. The open interior design of the In Win 101 leaves a lot of room open for large components. The graphics card can be up to 421 mm long, meaning basically any graphics card will fit in here, unless you have a radiator installed, shortening the length to 305 mm. There is enough room to install a heatsink up to 160 mm tall, which is good, but it will cut out some options. Overall, the interior of the In Win 101 has plenty of room for most computer parts, ensuring it is compatible for a wide range of uses.

The above picture is a much better view of the power supply chamber, as well as the other cable management holes found throughout the case. As previously mentioned, a 120 mm fan can be mounted in the back. Above the exhaust is the power supply chamber, with a big cutout for the power supply to draw air from the rest of the case. In most cases, the power supply cover functions as a tool to create two separate temperature zones. In the In Win 101, this is not really the case, as the power supply will be drawing air from the inside of the case instead of the outside. However, this is not really an issue. For the In Win 101, the power supply cover functions as a good place to hide cables and to further emphasize the white color theme throughout the case. There is plenty of room in the power supply chamber, allowing for up to a 200 mm long power supply. The bigger your power supply, however, the less room there will be to store cables.

As I have already said, the bottom area of the In Win 101 is where the majority of the air intake for the case is, and In Win ensured there would be plenty of intake in this area, allowing for up to three 120 mm fans to be installed in this area. It is also the only place where there is a dust filter. Otherwise, in the above picture are the seven expansion slots, which can be easily removed with one screw. Most people do not require more than seven expansion slots, but eight would be better for those who have massive multi-GPU configurations.

The front of the case is quite different than many other chassis on the market. To ensure a clean look for the front panel, the fans usually found there have been moved to the side panel. I actually find this to be a great design choice, since it does not sacrifice air intake or exhaust, but the front is still able to look clean. Two 120 mm fans or a 240 mm radiator can be mounted here. My one complaint would be that In Win should have added a dust filter for this area, so it could be used as an intake. I would much more prefer to use this area instead of making the bottom of the case a tight fit with the motherboard connectors. This is a small complaint, since it is easy to install the motherboard connectors before installing the fans.

The back of the case is also almost entirely painted white, except for the two 2.5 mm SSD mounts and the two 3.5 or 2.5 mm HDD mounts in the top left of the case. Plenty of case manufacturers have opted to place SSD mounts on the back of the motherboard tray, which opens up more room for hard drives in another area. The In Win 101 does not have the most room for hard drives, and this is the sacrifice it makes for an exhaust or intake to be placed on the side panel. There is about 2.5 cm of room for cable management in the back, with some loops on the back to tie the cables down. In Win included some zip ties to make the process easier. Right next to the fan mounts, there is a channel leading down, which is also useful to tuck some cables behind. The cable management options are sufficient, but it is an area that still has some room for improvement compared to some of the better designs from Fractal Design and Phanteks.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion