Once running, the case is rather quiet. Using a fan controller, noise is abated even further although I wouldn’t bother using a controller on the 220mm fan because it’s nearly silent. That fan also has another nice feature in the form of four blue LED’s arranged in a pattern where they surround the fan in a diamond formation.
This is very attractive but if it bugs you, simply flick the switch on the panel and they go off. Magic!
Overall, I really like the case design. It has some very nice features such as the wide array of I/O panel ports, built-in rail mount storage, the ability to add up to ten fans, and the acoustic absorbing material. All of this adds a great deal of value to the product. Minor stuff such as the adjustable stands, fan adapters, motherboard cutout, and finished interior round out the package nicely.
In my eyes, the Maelstrom has a few minor issues that are easily remedied. First, the size and alignment of the motherboard tray cutout needs to be altered for maximum compatibility. Nothing a Dremel tool can’t fix. Second, the drive bay rails and front bezel could use a little tweaking for shallow depth devices which may occupy multiple bays. Again, a Dremel tool comes in handy here, if needed. Lastly, I’d love to see a removable motherboard tray but for $109.99 shipped I think the Maelstrom is a good value as is so I could live without this feature.
Legit Bottom Line: The IN-WIN Maelstrom has a long list of features, a quality build, and the capacity to hold a crazy number of fans. Add an attractive design and, for an extreme user chassis, I don’t think there’s a long list of cases available that offer more for the price.