Legit Case Reviews
In-Win Griffin Black Mid Tower PC Case Review
|Manufacturer:||IN-WIN Development Inc.|
|Product:||In-Win Griffin ATX Mid Tower Case|
|Date:||Wed, Jun 30, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Brian Giacoletti -|
OK folks I am going to need you to go ahead and buckle up your shoulder harnesses; this is where the ride gets really rough and bumpy. Please leave the harnesses on for the remainder of the tour for your own safety.
Now we come around to the inside of the case. The first thing I noticed is that the inside is not the same color as the outside -- the inside is the usual silver steel color. A first look at the inside of the case gives us the impression that it is huge and spacious, and it is. It has four 5 1/4" external bays, one 3 1/2" external bay and five internal 3 1/2" drive bays. There is a space at the front of the case to install a 60, 92, or 120 MM case fan which is handy for some solid air intake. You can see from the provided photographs that the installation of drives is tool-less and the drives are held in fairly sturdily by the black and yellow drive lock downs. Not having to fumble for screws makes installing the drives much faster and easier.
The side panels are screw-less, too, along with the tool-less design and have tabs that hold the door closed. They only need to be pulled forward to remove the door and pushed back into place to close the door. The case comes with a pre-installed 92 MM fan at the rear of the case; I am assuming this is used to exhaust the hot air out the back of the case. The problem is that the fan does not move much air. I know they are trying to make this case as quiet as possible, but skimping on airflow can lead to a lot of problems. Perhaps a faster fan or one with the same speed rating that pushes more air is in order. All of the standard motherboard connections for the external I/O ports are present. The audio connector was way too short for my motherboard and I was unable to hook it up, but the rest seemed to fit just fine.
The 22 CM fan takes up a lot of room on the inside the case, but on the good side it does move a lot of air. Therefore, it does serve its purpose in the case. It is fairly quiet and moves a lot of air. The only drawback to the position that it is set up in is that it only blows on one of my video cards. It would have really been nice if it were situated so that it could cool both cards in a Crossfire or SLI setup.
Most of the edges are rolled and I have not been able to find any surfaces that I would think would cut me. The construction of the chassis is fairly sturdy; you certainly couldn't park a Suburban on it but it will hold up to regular use and travel to and from LAN's or other related travel. Now, let's go ahead and get the tram moving to the next section of the tour where you guys will get to see what the case looks like with PC components in it as well as a summary of what transpired during said install. I would advise all of you to wear your provided blast shields as a safety precaution.
Next Page - The Build
Page 1 - The IN WIN Griffin Black ATX Mid Tower Case
Page 2 - Packaging
Page 3 - External Impressions
Page 4 - Internal Impressions
Page 5 - The Build
Page 6 - Final Thoughts/Conclusion