In Win 303 Case Review: Page 4 of 6
Posted by Damon Bailey on Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 8:00am
Closer Look – Interior
Pulling both doors off allows easy access to every single corner in the case for installation and maintenance and In Win really didn’t overlook a single detail here. The front (left side) of the interior space gives us the motherboard mounting area, which can handle boards form mini-ITX up to ATX. There is a large cutout behind the CPU area of the board space so that you can access any cooler mounting hardware located on the back of the board, very handy if you move from air to water cooling in the future as you won’t have to entirely disassemble your entire rig to do so. Next to the motherboard is a raised and slotted area for the GPU support bracket, giving you plenty of options to find a mounting position that works with your combination of hardware.
Following on the exterior tool free design, all 4 drive sleds can all be installed and removed quickly with only a captive thumbscrew securing them to the chassis. You will need a screw driver to attach your drives to the sleds initially, but the required screws are included in the hardware packet. The rear drive sleds can support either a 2.5” or a 3.5” drive, while the front facing sleds only support 2.5” drives. The front drive sleds can be mounted vertically towards the front of the case as shown above, or side by side as shown below, depending on the needs of your build.
The rear interior of the case gives us the Power supply bay up top, with plenty of cable routing holes in strategic locations for good wire management. There is plenty of room to hide a mountain of wiring for semi and non-modular power supplies, as well as fan and lighting controllers, and about anything else you could find to stuff in here.
The rear of the chassis internals is also where you can spy some of the little details In Win included that will make your life easier. The first one is the low Profile USB 3.0 header cable, it’s actually not much larger than the USB 2.0 header. These can be very large and obnoxious to deal with some times, but In Win made sure that won’t be the case here as you can see from the picture below. In addition to the small plug, the USB 3.0 cables are also flat and streamlined, which makes for easy routing. The Power indicator for the front panel also comes with 2 pin and 3 pin spaced connectors and the wires are sleeved in a black tube to help it blend in.
Another VERY nice feature here, and probably one of my favorite details of this chassis, In Win designed all of the front panel cables, sans the USB 3.0 cables, with low profile plugs on the front panel side as well. The cables can all be removed for easy routing, if not needed, or to be sleeved easily. You can see this below with the USB 2.0 cable disconnected from the front panel.
One great idea made possible by this design is to remove your front I/O panel cables before you start building, and connect them to the motherboard while outside of your case where you can still see them, and get to the usually inconveniently placed headers quite easily. Once you install your motherboard, you simply route the cables back to the front of the case, and plug them in. Having to get the power switch, hard drive activity lights, and all of the other tiny connectors plugged in correctly in a dark, cramped corner has long been the bane of system builders and has turned more than one builders vocabulary into something even a proverbial sailor would cringe at. On behalf of builders everywhere, let me say, Thank you In Win!
Now let’s see what it’s like to build a complete system in this case!