The Dragon Rider is a state of the art full tower chassis featuring support for the latest and greatest technologies. It was designed to be not only cool, but quiet as well. The case comes with three 120mm and a single 220mm fan and can support up to a total of 10 120mm fans. It also features two easy access USB 3.0 ports, plenty of water cooling holes, side panel silencer foam, and room for any hardware combination you can imagine for a single motherboard chassis.
The front of the case has six removable bay covers, which have ventilation holes and can be removed from the outside of the case. You’ll find five towards the top of the case all of which are usable.
The bottom bay cover isn’t actually used for an external drive, but could be used for a front panel display or fan controller or smaller device, assuming you remove/move the fan behind the bay.
Removing the front panel will reveals the top five external bays, with all but two covered by a metal flap; the top bay has none and the bottom of the five has the drive rail holder, which can be removed if needed. Towards the bottom are the blue In Win logo display and the 120mm fan, which can also be removed.
On the top of the case you’ll find the easy access panel which includes the power/reset buttons, 2 x eSATA, Firewire, 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0 and mic/audio jacks. Going towards the back of the top of the case you’ll find two fan grills built right into the case. One 120mm fan comes included, but an additional 120mm can be added.
The left side panel of the case features a unique mesh design. The mesh takes up most of the panel and has 28 rubber holes. The case comes with a 220mm blue LED fan pre-installed with an LED on/off switch which is found on the off of the right side of the mesh. You can switch the 220mm fan for up to 6 120mm fans which will also fit on the side panel.
The right side panel actually has something on it, unlike most panels. The panel is raised out in an L-shaped pattern over most of the panel, so that you have enough room to store your cables behind your motherboard tray. In the upper right corner are also more mesh and a 120mm blue LED fan which is used to help cool the back of the CPU/motherboard. This is the first case that I’ve seen with this feature, but it wouldn’t surprise me if more cases start coming equipped with it.
Moving towards the backside of the case you’ll find your standard bottom mounted PSU layout. At the very top of the rear are four water-cooling holes integrated into a ventilation system. Below that you have the rear 120mm exhaust fan grill, motherboard I/O slot, meshed expansion slots and bottom mounted PSU slot.
Both side panels are secured by two thumbscrews for a quick side panel removal.
On the bottom of the case you’ll find four plastic feet, each with two rubber pads on them, and ventilation for the PSU fan. The feet rotate 90 degrees to stick out from the side of the case to help it from tipping over.
Feb 26, 2015 0