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InWin GT1 Mid Tower

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Posted March 22, 2013 by Sandy Bruce in Cases & PSU

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Release Date: 1Q 2013
 
Price at time of Review: MSRP of $69
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Ez-Swap drive Bay, aesthetics, cooling options. tool less, fan filters
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Fan noise, Cable management
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Overall InWin did a good job with the GT1. It is built well and offers features found on higher end cases. Its eye catching yet functional for any kind of build. Even a small water cooling setup is an option.
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Conclusion:

While the GT1 may not have some of the features of the enthusiast class cases, it easily makes up for it with style and functionality. InWin decided on a unique honeycomb design for the front and the top of the case to allow for maximum air flow. There is additional venting with the mesh 5.25″ drive bays and PCI slot covers. Fan filters are located on the front 120mm fan and the optional bottom air intake to keep your PC dust free. Besides having enough room for six 120mm fans, the GT1 offers USB 2.0 and 3.0 on the front, Silent or Turbo mode fan controller, EZ-Swap drive day, mostly tool-less, and enough bays for seven 2.5” or 3.5” drives. All of these features making for an attractive option for any mid-tower build. Assembling a PC in the GT1 was a breeze with enough room for taller heatsinks and longer video cards. The cable conduit isn’t something I prefer in a case, however it is functional and holds the cables in a clean manner. Considering most cases in the GT1 price range don’t offer much of any cable management, the conduit is a bonus. The back cover is also cantered outwards so you have a little more room for cable management. There is more then enough tie down points to aid with clean and neat cable runs.

The Gt1 offers a lot of advantages compared to other mid tower cases in this price range, it also has a few small drawbacks. The fans are a noticeably audible even in silent mode. Turbo mode is effective at moving more air through the case but does so with a noise penalty. There are no instructions or diagram pointing out what the cables in the case are for, or how the fan controller works. For a PC building veteran this isn’t a problem, but for those new to building this could be an issue. Another red LED fan in the front would have been nice but isn’t a deal breaker by any means.

Overall InWin did a good job with the GT1. It is built well and offers features found on higher end cases. It’s eye catching yet functional for any kind of build. Even a small water cooling setup is an option. As of this review there is a pre-release MSRP of $69. Not a bad price for good case; however, InWin has the GT1 a little too close to cases in a different class. I’m hoping to see the GT1 from retailers in the $59.99-64.99 range. A couple dollars will make it more competitive in the mid range, mid tower market. Based on everything we have seen from InWin, we are happy to give the GT1 a Pureoverclock Good Hardware Award.

 

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