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In Win 901 Aluminum Mini-ITX Case Review

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Posted April 17, 2014 by Kenny in Cases & PSU

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $169.99 on Newegg.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Aesthetically Pleasing, Aluminum Finish, plenty of space for larger graphics card
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Some lack of space for Cable mangement, No fans included, PSU position
 
BOTTOM LINE:
InWin 901 mini-ITX Chassis fits the bill with an aesthetically pleasing design, and has the ability to fit larger graphics cards. It can also include 120mm AIO Cooling units providing an excellent touch for SFF high powered PCs.
by Kenny
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System Build

For our system build, we first started off with the installation of our hard drives. Installation was simple and the hard drive was mounted with screws provided.

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Here’s another look at the mounting of the 3.5″ Drive.

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On the interior side, we have an SSD tray or 2.5″ drive tray. This will allow users to mount two standard drives + an SSD inside the In Win 901. Here is a look at the 2.5″ SSD drive tray. The drive is installed using four screws, and mounts into the chassis using a tool-less thumb screw.


For our system install, here is a list of components we used.

  • Motherboard: ASRock H77M ITX
  • CPU: Intel i3 2100T
  • Memory: Crucial 4GB 1600MHz
  • Graphics: EVGA GTX650 1GB
  • PSU: OCZ 500Watt Semi Modular
  • SSD: OCZ 60GB Agility3 + Seagate 500GB Green

Installation was fairly simple; we didn’t run into too many hiccups, but we did run into a few minor items that may pose some problems. First, due to our motherboard’s 24-pin and SATA cable placements, our cables were pretty tight at the top of the chassis. While there are cut outs to allow for our cables to be guided through, our 24-pin PSU cables was a bit short and barely reached. Also the 4-pin CPU power cable had to be routed across the top section of our stock Intel cooler. This goes the same for our front I/O audio panel port. While it wasn’t a huge concern for us, since we used the stock cooler, for those who may be running larger coolers, it might be an issue. Be sure to choose wisely when it comes to matching your motherboard up with the In Win 901.

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Here is the rear of our installation. Cable management wasn’t too hard since our PSU was semi modular. The cables attached were cables we would use, so this helped us save some space. If you are going to use a PSU that is not modular, we can see some potential issues since there isn’t a lot of space back here.

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Here is a look at the rear of the chassis. We didn’t have any 92mm fans on hand so we didn’t install one; it would have been nice to see In Win include some fans. If you haven’t already noticed, InWin didn’t include ANY fans at all.

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Let’s take a look at our installation as a whole.

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Installation 1

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Installation 2

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Installation 3

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To complete the build, we reinstalled the side panel. Here are two final shots with everything back together.

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At the rear, we had initial concerns that the cables were visible from the rear panel; however, due to the black sleeved cables and the sleeved PSU cables, the cables remained pretty hidden.

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Let’s sum things up.

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