Date: September 6th, 2010
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
In Win's dragon Slayer chassis has a distinctive look with several unique design elements. In addition to the “chain mail” mesh, some shiny accents in the otherwise matte front panel give a little extra visual interest and some raised dots at the top and bottom evoke the idea of rivets. In Win went with a dark gray finish for the case body and it blends in nicely with the front panel and mesh accents. Front and center on the Dragon Slayer is the In Win logo that lights up when the computer is running. The side panel features more mesh and will accept up to four optional 120mm fans with pre-installed rubber grommets to minimize vibration noise being transferred and amplified by the mesh.
Dragon Slayer's I/O panel features the customary audio and USB 2.0 ports, but In Win has chosen to add a USB 3.0 port, as well. More on this last feature in a bit. Below the I/O is the large rectangular power button and just below that are the LED indicators and tiny, recessed reset button.
From the rear, you can see that In Win has chosen to go with a bottom mount for the PSU and they give the user five expansion bays (one or two more than you find on most other mATX cases.) The extra bays allow a user to install, for example, a USB bracket without sacrificing a bay suitable for a slot-mounted card. The top bay cover is replaceable while the others have break out covers. Just above the 92mm exhaust fan and I/O opening there are three grommetted holes, two for liquid cooling tubing and another to allow the USB 3.0 cable to exit the case. The back panel (and interior) are finished in a matte black finish, but the contrast between this and the exterior dark gray finish of the rest of the case is not as pronounced as the photo might lead you to believe. The side panels are secured with oversized thumbscrews and the right side panel has some ventilation holes at the bottom front.
Up top, the Dragon Slayer features a stamped In Win logo backed up by a 140mm exhaust fan featuring a dust filter. Why one would want a dust filter on an exhaust fan is a bit of a mystery to me, but the filter is easily removed.
The bottom of the Dragon Slayer features four feet that would look right at home on a high-end audio cabinet, and include rubber inserts to protect your fine furniture. At the rear, there's a filtered air intake for a bottom-fan power supply.