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In Win Gundam

Posted April 13, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU







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Features & Package

Inspired by the famous Japanese anime star, Gundam, the newly designed GD gaming chassis comes to life full-force with a robot aesthetic at the forefront. Behind the radiant blue LED lights is the curved metal side cover, designed not only to compliment the robotic like features but to also improve ventilation all throughout the GD. Inside, the shock and vibration-free rail and fan stabilizer reduce system noise and also protect components, like a valiant and faithful guardian robot ready for battle.

Robot-inspired Aluminum Faceplate
Forged out of aluminum, the strong lines of the faceplate evoke the spirit of Gundam, the famed Japanese anime star.

Curved Metal Side Cover
Complimenting the robotic design element, the side panel ventilation cover also helps cool your system in style.

Serene Blue LED light
The calming blue glow radiates against the aluminum face. Paired with the metallic mesh, they put users in the presence of a faithful robotic guardian.

Below are the specifications for the Gundam:

  • Dual Fan VGA Turbo Cooling
  • Patented Shock-Free Railing System
  • Tool-Free Mechanical Design
  • Smart-3D UniDuct
  • Support Water-Cooling
  • Storage Containment For Mounting Hardware
  • Robot-inspired Aluminum Faceplate
  • Curved Metal Side Cover
  • Blue Faceplate LEDs
  • Case Type: Mid Tower
  • Series:  AL-13 Series
  • Color: Black/Silver
  • Material: Aluminum Front Panel/ 0.8mm Japanese Steel
  • Dimensions: 17.2" x 9.2" x 21.8" (437mm x 233mm x 553mm) [H x W x D]
  • External 5.25"drive bay: 4
  • 3.5" drive bay internal: 5
  • 3.5" drive bay external: 2
  • Expansion slots: 7
  • Motherboard: ATX, mATX
  • System fans:  2-80mm side fans, 120mm front intake fan, 120mm rear exhaust fan
  • I/O Ports: USB 2.0 x 2 / IEEE1394 x 1 / e-SATA x 2 / HD+AC97 Audio
  • Power Supply: ATX 12V, PSII
  • Safety: Meets RoHS, CE and FCC Class B Requirement
  • Security: Padlock loop for padlock

The Gundam GD accessories package contains the following:

  • Motherboard standoffs
  • Motherboard standoff screws
  • HDD and 5.25" device screws
  • Rear I/O shield (already in place, not in accessories package)
  • Expansion slot shields
  • 3-pin fan to 4-pin molex connector
  • Installation manual

Incorporating the theme of this enclosures design, we can see that one side features a picture of the case shadowed by a shoulders-up view of a Gundam on a silvery grey background.  The reverse again pictures the case, this time set against a backdrop of In Win’s VGA Turbo Cooling Solution with some of the features lining the bottom represented by blue icons.  The side panels both list features of the case, with one side listing the technical specifications, and the other displaying four pictures and an additional listing of features.  The case comes packed suspended by Styrofoam, so there is no need to worry about dents and dings in the box during shipping.

The accessories package we received included only a set of four motherboard standoffs, leading one to believe that this case was meant only for the installation of a Micro ATX motherboard.  But, when we take a look at the interior of the case, we will see why this is.  Also, we find that there are six PCI slot covers for the seven PCI slots on the rear of the case, which is not a problem as most people would be installing a graphics card in their build, removing the need for that seventh cover.  In Win was also thoughtful enough to include a 3-pin fan to 4-pin molex adapter for the rear 120mm fan, just in case your motherboard does not have the appropriate connection.  Also included are enough screws for all your other hardware mounting needs.

As we can see, In Win spared no expense when it came to the layout and design of the included instruction manual, and is probably one of the best we’ve ever seen.  The first features warranty information, features and specifications, labeled pictures of every part of the case, and a text oriented Installation Guide.  For those of you who are not native English speakers, not to worry, this manual also has the above listed items in German, French , and two eastern languages as well.  The second is a pictorial instruction manual, showing how to remove and install fans, how to use the included tool-less mounting hardware, how to lower the VGA Turbo cooling solution, and pictures showing the wire layout on the USB, firewire and audio headers.  This was found to be a nice addition compared to many of the other manuals I’ve seen before.

Let’s take a closer look at the exterior now.

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