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In Win Dragon Slayer MicroATX Mini Tower PC Case Review
|Manufacturer:||IN-WIN Development Inc.|
|Date:||Mon, Aug 30, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
Installing Parts into the Dragon Slayer
What comes with the Dragon Slayer in the way of accessories seems a little slim, but with most of the case being tool-less what In Win provides it is all that is needed.
In Win provides all the mounting hardware you would need to mount your components. They also provide stick-on wire management clips.
The Dragon Slayer comes with drive rails to mount three 3.5" hard drives in the lower drive cage. The rails attach to the drive with screws. The screws go through vibration isolation grommets in the drive rail, so they are not 100% tool-less.
Overall, installing parts in the Dragon Slayer is quick and easy, even with the case as small as it is. I did find a couple of things that you might want to keep in mind when shopping for parts. First is the CPU cooler. I wanted to use the Cooler Master V6GT for this build, but at 165mm the V6GT is just a smidgen too tall and would not allow the side panel to close. I pulled the top beauty plate off the V6GT and I was then able to put the panel on. So with your CPU cooler choices you are going to be limited to sub 150mm coolers, less if you want to use all 4 side panel fans.
The CPU cooler and the optical drive could have some issues. If the cooler hangs over the top edge of the motherboard and the optical drive is long you could have an interesting time getting the cables hooked up.
Same for at the bottom with long body power supplies. The PSU I'm using is an Antec NeoPower 500 and it has a relatively short body and is modular so there is plenty of space. If you use the lower drive cage for hard drives you are going to have to slip the drive cage out the front of the case, and then pull the drive from the cage. There is not enough room to pull a hard drive with cage in place and the power supply in the way.
The tool-less expansion card holders are a little on the loose side. The card can move slightly with them latched in place. What is nice is that In Win has designed the Dragon Slayer to have old style hold downs as well as the tool-less hold downs. As you can see in the above image I have both in place. So if your card moves a little too much for your liking you can put in a screw for additional support.
There was plenty of space for me to run the wires behind the motherboard tray. The USB3 cable is long enough to reach around to the expansion slots. So those who will be using an expansion card for USB3 will be ok.
With the system powered up the In Win logo on the front is a little on the bright side. The power LED is real bright. If you don’t want the logo to be lit up all you have to do is unplug the power connector for it.
Next Page - Conclusion and Final Thoughts
Page 1 - In Win Dragon Slayer Mini Tower
Page 2 - In Win Dragon Slayer Packing
Page 3 - External Impressions
Page 4 - Inside the Dragon Slayer
Page 5 - Installing Parts into the Dragon Slayer
Page 6 - Conclusion and Final Thoughts