Do you think you’ve seen it all in the world of case design? Think again because In-Win’s upcoming lineup of limited edition cases is boldly different.
In Win is one of the dark horses of the chassis market. They release safe, somewhat generic designs which virtually ensures their products don’t make the headlines like Corsair, Cooler Master and Thermaltake. But that’s about to change in a dramatic way with the introduction of their new D-Frame and H-Frame chassis. Gone are the typical convention of computer case design and in its place is something altogether different…..and cool.
First up is the D-Frame which uses clear anti static Lucite panels that are held in place by an external aluminum skeleton. It looks like a multi-colored Meccano set and believe it or not, it requires assembly since In Win ships the case in pieces. This tool-less assembly process is supposed to be quite straightforward and you won’t have to worry about scratching the external panels since they have been coated in a high tech anti scratch finish.
In terms of component compatibility, the D-Frame features enough space for a standard ATX motherboard (the micro ATX form factor is also supported) and makes use of a modular hard drive mounting system. It may not look all that large in pictures but this case has space for 11.5″ long graphics cards, three hard drives, two SSDs and a 5.25″ disk drive. There’s also support for USB 3.0 and four 120mm cooling fans.
According to In Win, the D-Frame will be available with an orange or red tubular frame when it is released later this month. Unfortunately, getting your hands on one may be a bit tough since only 500 will be produced and they’ll cost quite a bit too: about $400.
For those of you who are looking for something a bit more durable, In Win is introducing the H-Frame. Made of multiple layers of laser cut aluminum panels, the entire design looks like an oversized heatsink which has a few touches of dark blue. Once again, fan mounts are selectively spaced throughout the interior but dust filters have been pushed aside in the name of unique looks.
The interior of this thing is just wild with angular shapes everywhere. Every edge has been polished clean so there’s no risk of cutting yourself and there’s plenty of space for easy cable routing. In Win’s H-Frame boasts enough space for 12″ video cards and features a trio of EZ-Swap 3.5″ drive caddies and a single EZ-Swap SSD insert.
Like the D-Frame, $400 will get you a fully equipped H-Frame but only 100 units will be produced.
The final “case” in In Win’s limited edition lineup is the diminutive H-Frame ITX. Like it bigger brother, this case makes use of multiple anodized aluminum panels which have been laser cut to exacting precision but it only includes support for mini ITX motherboards. Surprisingly enough, In Win has designed the H-Frame ITX so there’s enough space for a single height graphics card and they also include a 120W power supply. Unfortunately, pricing isn’t currently available but expect it to be more than $100.
Say what you will about these polarizing designs but there’s no denying they’ll put In Win’s name on the map….for better or worse.