So what will we be installing into this case? Our test system is comprised of the following items.
Processor: Intel Core i7-965 Extreme
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus III Formula
Video Card: ASUS HD 6870 DirectCU
Memory: Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1866 6GB
Power Supply: Zalman ZM1000-HP Plus 1000W
Storage: Samsung 750GB
Cooling: Cooler Master V6 GT
With any system install the first thing that goes in is the motherboard. Our motherboard easily went into the case and we secured it with screws.
The hard drive is next, remember you can install either a 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drive in each tray. Once you have the tray out take the included rubber grommets and screws and attach the hard drive to the tray and slide it back in to lock it in to place. I did notice that I had to press pretty hard to get the hard drive to lock in to place.
The video card is next. In Win uses a tool-less system for the expansion slots. When installing the video card I found out that the PCI slot covers are not re-usable, they are the ones that break off from the chassis. To install your video card unlock the yellow locks on the slots and install your card. To lock it into place press on the back of the locks and they will snap in to place locking your card.
The power supply easily slides into the bottom of the case and you secure it with 4 screws. Routing the cables was a little difficult, one because you only could route a few cables around the back of the motherboard tray and two because there was not a lot of room inside to work with. I am also not a fan of cases where you have to route the CPU power cable up and around your video card. This cable easily can get caught in the exhaust fan of your motherboard, especially since the fans on this case do not have grills.
Finally you are going to want to wire everything up and make sure all your connections are correct before you put the panels back on. I was able to hide some of the cables, but it was very hard with the limited space. I really like that the hot-swap bays were already pre-wired with both power and SATA cables, it made things so much easier.
When you power the system on you will see the intake fan light up bright blue and the In Win logo right above it will light up red. This adds some style to your case, although I would have liked to see all LED fans, not just the intake fan.
Jan 27, 2015 0