Date: February 5th, 2007
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
The side panel sports a large “scoop” (In Win calls this the “Smart 3-D UniDuct”) that allows air intake into the chassis and houses an adjustable snorkel to channel cool air to the CPU area. We'll take a closer look at this a little later. The two black plastic devices at the rear of the panel are the rather ingenious tool-free latches that secure the side panel.
This photo illustrates the rather conventional layout of the rear of the chassis. A stamped guard with lots of open area protects the 120mm exhaust fan from any foreign objects, including fingers. A motherboard I/O shield is included, but it almost certainly won't be of any use with a modern mobo. The seven expansion slot covers are included, but not installed. The right-side panel features an indentation for easy removal and the same tool-free latches we saw on the other side panel.
Large rubber feet protect your desk (or whichever surface you choose to rest the case on,) and the front bezel has openings for air intake.
With the side panel removed, we get a look at the air intakes that live behind the “scoop.”
The lower screened area is, of course, in the graphics card area while the upper “snorkel” serves the CPU area. Having only a single rear exhaust fan, the F430 depends on these passive intakes to deliver fresh air to these high-heat areas. We'll see how well this scheme works later.
The duct is adjustable in two planes, and instructions for its use are printed on the inside of the panel.