|In Win BUC Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Marc Fruchtman|
|Wednesday, 18 May 2011|
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Detailed Interior Features
The In Win BUC is looking pretty good so far. Lets get into more detail, and see what else the BUC case has to offer.
The In Win BUC has plenty of room to the right and just below the motherboard. However, unless you have a modular PSU, this will be filled with unused PSU wiring. There is simply not enough room on the back side of the motherboard to store all this cabling. The last expansion slot might be best for USB or e-SATA expansion brackets or similar because it will not accommodate more than 1.125” (28.575mm) to the PSU. The loop lock slot is hidden in this view. The depth from the motherboard tray to the inside cover edge is 6.75” (171.45mm). There is 7/8” (22.225mm) space between the top of the motherboard and the case.
One issue that is noted is that the cut-out at the top of the motherboard tray is covered by the standard ATX motherboard. The result is about 1/4” (6.35mm) of useful space to squeeze a cable thru. The included zip ties are barely long enough to wrap around the cables. Another problem with the included zip ties is that they serve only as a permanent tie downs. In order to remove a tie to add, remove or re-route a cable, you will need to cut them, potentially cutting a cable if you are not careful.
The front bezel lifts away from the case but is tethered down by the wires feeding the front jacks. And once the cables are routed, zip tied, and mounted to the motherboard, removing the front case bezel is not going to happen without some major reconstructive surgery.
The case design allows you to access the external drive bays without removing the front bezel, but if you want to change the front fan or clean the front fan filter, then there will be considerable difficulty.
Here's a close-up of the hot swap SATA modules. I found that once the drive sleeve was properly assembled with a hard drive, the combined unit slid tightly into its slot and engaged with a positive feel.
The hard drive is mounted to the drive sleeve using the included rubber grommets which are placed into the sleeve by sliding them from the larger hole into the smaller, and then placing the included phillips shoulder screw thru the grommet and into the hard drive. Also, you may notice the hard drive sleeve also includes holes for the smaller SSD form factor which are then screw mounted from the bottom of the sleeve.