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Written by Marc Fruchtman   
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
In Win BUC Computer Case
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# IN WIN Fever!Christopher Fields 2011-05-18 04:56
I have used IN WIN products in the past and found them to be somewhat cheap & inferior in the past. However lately I am seeing some generic providers or products hitting a new high. This case does look nice and it does seem to hit that sweet spot $100-$120 target online. I love that the drives are hot swappable, that makes the build that much easier. A couple of things this case needs in my opinion. 1. Dock (I repair PC's so it would be nice to have, even though I have 2 Thermaltake BlacX Duets 2. More room for cabling. 3. A Full ATX version because this case looks awesome! 4. Option to install a PSU on the top or bottom. I have been building PC's for 11 years and I like what I am seeing in the ATX/MATX case market these last 2-3 years.
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# RE: In Win BUC Computer CaseMACK 2011-05-18 10:32
A full ATX version ala v2.0, nice idea.
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# Good review, anywayehume 2011-05-18 19:37
"There is 5/8? (15.875mm) of space between the motherboard tray and the case cover."

Thanks for measuring that, and measuring the video card length.

I really hate cases that provide only a rear fan on the top of the case. No provision for top intake. Blech. Makes the rest of the features useless.

Thanks for doing the homework on the fan.
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