The In Win Ironclad is a full tower, fully featured chassis. It supports up to seven internal and five external drives, all easily installed with the provided drive rails. The case has plenty of ventilation, cooling, and quietness; not a combination most cases can say. You can find mesh on nearly every side of the case and it even has sound dampening foam on the two side panels. The Ironclad is available in two color schemes: the basic one, which we got to review, and the Limited Edition which has a camouflaged decal around the chassis.
The In Win Ironclad is basically an upgraded version of the In Win Maelstrom, which we previously reviewed. The major differences between the Malestrom and the Ironclad are that the Ironclad is available in a limited edition decal, the front handlebars have been removed, an added PSU filter, and a tool-free expansion slot installation.
The front of the Ironclad has eight visible drive bays, of which only the top five are usable. A metallic looking cover fills up the space of two drive bays two-thirds the ways down the case.
The top bay has a 5.25” to 3.5” converter in it, allowing you to use 3.5” external devices. Each bay cover has a plastic mesh on the outside and a metal mesh on the inside.
The top of the chassis has a small panel which houses the power/reset buttons along with the easy-access external ports which include: mic/audio jacks, four USB, Firewire, and two eSATA ports. Back a little further is two mesh spots available for 120mm fans. The back slot comes pre-installed with one 120mm fan.
The side panel, mainly composed of thick metal mesh, houses a single 220mm blue LED fan, of which the LED can be turned on/off by a switch to the right of the mesh. Alternatively, six 120mm fans can be installed in place of the single 220mm fan.
The rear panel has a black finish along with a bottom mounted power supply slot and four water-cooling holes.
You’ll also find your typical I/O slot, expansion slots, and rear case fan along with the four thumbscrews which secure the side panels to the case.
On the bottom of the case are four feet which rotate towards the outside of the case, to give this monster case some extra support.
Jan 30, 2015 0