This case is sort of a mixed bag for me. While there is a lot to like about this case there are some things that I do not like and definitely need fixed. So first let me talk about some of the things that I really did not like about this case.
First and most importantly is the cooling for this case. This case does not come with any fans, none. For a premium case we would expect to see fans included. Even if there are not fans included there is room for a good amount of cooling right? Wrong. There is only room for two fans (90 mm exhaust, 140 mm bottom). That will really not provide great cooling, especially if you are going to load this case up with high-end graphics cards.
During my installation I ran into a few issues. If you plan on installing an optical drive in the 5.25-inch bay make sure you have an SATA end connector (the last SATA connector on the cable). If you do not you will not be able to connect power to this drive. This also goes for the 2.5-inch hard drives below the main hard drive trays. It is physically impossible to connect a SATA power connector unless it is the end SATA connector. These are things that should have been thought out before this case was put into production. Most of the cable routing holes get covered up by your motherboard (if you are using a ATX board) so it makes it pretty difficult to route the cables the way you want to. The power supply compartment is rather compact and you can only fit smaller power supplies there. The case only supports CPU coolers up to 145 mm, which limits the type of cooler you can use with this case.
With that said I have to say it is really great to see In Win step outside the box with this case. The design and the materials are something that you normally do not see in your traditional PC case. The glass side panels are great! They let you see everything inside of your machine and just looking at them you can tell that they are glass not the typical plexiglass or acrylic that we see on most cases. The aluminum alloy that the rest of the case is made of is very heavy duty and In Win made sure to keep the front of the case clean to show off the sleek aluminum panel.
Like most cases these days you have the usual 2.5-inch hard drive support, USB 3.0 ports and a large CPU cutout for aftermarket CPU coolers. Other things to point out are the hot-swap bays. In Win has gone ahead and installed a SATA backplane on the three hard drive bays so all you have to do is throw a new drive in there and you are good to go. There is plenty of room behind the motherboard tray to route all of your cables.
Given my experience with that case there are a few things that I would change. First I would take out the 5.25-inch bay completely. Who really uses optical drives anyways? This would free up a lot of space so you could add extra cooling and fit larger power supplies in the case. Secondly I would make the case a bit larger and wider so it could support other motherboard form factors like E-ATX and XL-ATX as well as fit larger CPU coolers. Making the case bigger could also give you more room for cooling.
At the end of the day this is a very specific case. I really would not expect a hardcore gamer or enthusiast to use this case just because of the limited cooling. If you want a case that just looks awesome, and you can almost guarantee no one else will have it is this case. The case carries with it a hefty price tag as well, currently it is going for $280. At that price the case becomes even more specific. Overall ThinkComputers gives the In Win 904 Case a 7 out of 10 score.
- Sleek design
- Its made of glass and aluminum!
- Hot-swappable HDD bays
- 4 USB 3.0 ports
- CPU and ATX power extensions included
- No fans included and room for only 2 fans
- Limited space for power supplies
- Very hard to connect power to the 5.25-inch drive bay
- Routing holes covered by the motherboard