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Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: In Win
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



With the packaging removed, the BUC is revealed in all its tank-like glory. In Win has never been shy about pushing the styling envelope and this case is another example. The BUC has a very distinctive front panel treatment and I'm more than a little intrigued by the bay cover details. BUC's distinctive front panel features three big bays at the top of the case, and a floppy-sized bay below. Big bay covers feature metal mesh inserts and all the bay covers are removable without removing the front panel, a real plus as we'll see in a bit. A large mesh panel at the bottom conceals a 120mm intake fan with blue LEDs and a serviceable dust filter. Shiny black accents down the side of the front panel and around the storage tray add a bit of visual interest to the BUC.


The top of the case is arched and sports a storage tray and a 120mm exhaust fan, and the right side panel features tool free panel latches and an indentation near the back of the panel to aid in sliding the panel back to remove it.



The I/O panel is flanked by the reset and power buttons (with lighting effects,) and features a pair of USB 2.0 ports, audio ports and a single eSATA port. Furthermore, a single USB 3.0 port is located at the rear of the storage tray. The floor of the tray and the top of the front panel have faux carbon fiber accents that really give the case a nice look.



From this angle we can see that the BUC has a fairly conventional backplane with a bottom PSU mount and seven expansion bays. The 120mm exhaust fan sits next to the motherboard I/O shield opening to accept the one provided with your motherboard, and a pair of grommeted openings will provide passthrough for watercooling tubing. This is one of the first cases that I have seen to have a dedicated egress opening for the USB 3.0 cable. Expansion bay covers are vented and of the breakout variety and are non-replaceable. We'll discuss the tool-free expansion card retention mechanisms a bit later.


This side panel features a raised mesh area that will support the addition of up to two 120mm fans, but none are installed here. Just below the stamped relief of the In Win logo…



…is a lockable access door for the hot-swap feature.

 

 


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