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In Win F430 PC Gaming Chassis Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:KPp7urXb2WM--M:http://images.doba.com/4/IWF430OL.jpgSports cars and performance go hand in hand, Gamers and enthusiasts liken their PC to performance hotrods all the time; whether it be the speed in which super pi can be completed as being likened to a drag race or “pimping” out your case much like Xibit and his boys do to cars. Thus far I have not personally seen any chassis made specifically for the car enthusiast in mind aside from custom mods; that is until now. In-Win have done it again mixing performance style and functionality all into one beautiful looking package. The In-Win F430 is a perfect marriage of the car and computer enthusiast into one cherry chassis. Let’s get a good look at it up close and personal:

Provided By: In-Win

Price: $101.99

Closer Look:

 

 

 

 Specifications and Features:

Case Size:
Mini Tower
Material:
Automobile paint plastic front panel 0.8mm Japanese Steel Body
Dimension(HxWxD):
1. 16.8'' × 8.3'' × 19.3''
2. 426 × 210 × 490mm
Data Security:
Padlock loop for padlock
Power Supply:
1. ATX 12V
2. PS/2
I/O Expansion Slots:
7 AGP/PCI/PCI-E
Thermal Solution:
Intel Certified TAC1.1 Smart-3D UniDuct™ & PCI Vent Hole 12 cm Ceramic Bearing Rear Fan
Front I/O:
1. USB2.0*4
2. IEEE 1394A*1(FireWire)
3. HD/AC' 97 Audio
External Drive Bay:
1. 5.25'' × 4
2. 3.5''× 2
Internal Drive Bay:
3.5'' × 3
M/B:
1. ATX
2. Micro ATX
3. CEB1.1
4. Server M/B
Safety:
1. Meets RoHS
2. CE and FCC Class B Requirement
Optional:
1. 9 cm Rear Fan
2. Chassis Intrusion Switch
  
  

Test Setup:

  • MOBO- MSI G45M
  • CPU- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16
  • Ram- Kingston 4GB DDR2
  • HDD- Seagate Barracuda 500GB
  • PSU- Nexus RX-1K 1000 Watt

 

Testing:

For testing I will be running a few simple tests and recording the idle and load temps of the CPU, GPU, HDD, and the ambient temp inside the case. To achieve the load temps I will be using the Prime 95 Burn-In test. The ambient room temp will be kept at a steady 23 degrees to ensure controlled testing results.

 

Case

B-Gears B-Envi

In-Win F430

State

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

CPU

32°C (90°F)

48°C  (118°F)

29°C (84°F)

49°C (120°F)

HDD

26°C (79°F)

26°C (79°F)

24°C (75°F)

24°C (75°F)

Case

22°C (72°F)

23°C (73°F)

22°C (72°F)

24°C (75°F)

 

From what we can see here the F430 is a great case and keeps components well within tolerable temperature ranges. I was impressed with this cases performance over all so lets see the final thoughts:

Conclusion:

I must say the F430 is the nicest case I have seen out of In-Win yet, this is a very impressive feat because so far there is not one case we have not loved from In-Win. The coupling of style and function are incredible. Products from In-Win become a focal point of a well designed room, as opposed to the normal need to hide the computer in the corner so as not to detract from a room. The metallic paint job on the F430 is absolutely awesome I have never seen such a nice paint job on a case that was factory produced. This type of attention to detail would be something you would expect from a modded custom case not a production model.

Would I recommend this product? I honestly can’t think of anyone that came into the office that didn’t instantly ooo and ahh over this case, men and women alike loved it! This is a great case and I think if you are an exotic car enthusiast and you are still sporting a white box pc case you should be ashamed of yourself with beautiful cases like the F430 arround and you don’t own one.

Pros:

  • Style
  • Metallic Paint
  • Cheesy Engine Noise (it made me laugh so it gets points)
  • Awesome Start Button
  • Decent Temps
  • Quiet
Cons:
  • None (although I would love to see a hummer version for full tower applications haha) 

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