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Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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The IW-X710 from Inwin is a far more aggressive design than we have seen from Inwin previously. The IW-X710 offers an interesting look when compared to other units. Inwin calls the IW-X710 a "server chassis in a full tower configuration." We agree that while it is suited for server applications, its no-nonsense styling and extremely good cooling potential will appeal to enthusiasts with large hard drive requirements, as well. Unfortunately, the IW-X710 weighs nearly 29 pounds, which makes lugging this beast around difficult. Still, it is a case with more potential and better styling than we have seen from Inwin in some time.

A look at the inside of the IW-X710.

The construction of the IW-X710 is quite good. It is constructed from an entirely hard tooled design with a variety of rounded and folded edges. While most of the edges we encountered were exceptionally smooth, there a couple toward the top and in more conspicuous areas that were semi-sharp. Inwin has always had a high build quality, and the IW-X710 is no exception. This is evidenced by the included T strut support that runs ¾ of the length of the case to provide additional structural rigidity. While the case itself is constructed of steel, it exhibited an ever so slight twist and very little bend. We consider the build quality of the IW-X710 to be far above average, however.

The interior of the IW-X710 is among the most spacious of the cases that we tested in this review. Some of this is due to the obvious full tower configuration of the IW-X710, while some it due simply to the fact that it can support an extended ATX form factor that is found in some server motherboards. Due to the increased space, our regular ATX motherboard fit into the IW-X710 case with ease, and it was almost an absolute joy to build.

The cooling of the IW-X710 is handled by a 120mm fan in the rear of the case. While it is possible to add an additional 80mm fan in the front of the case, our shipping configuration did not include one. However, we added this fan during our testing procedures. After adding this fan the results were quite good, which comes as no surprise since the IW-X710 passes all of the latest Intel server case guidelines. The IW-X710 is also aided by the large ventilation holes cut into the side panel. If a user so desired, it might be possible to even add another fan on the side panel. The only complaint we have is that the IW-X710 exhibited a bit more case noise than we would have liked; but we were able to track the source of this down to the cooling fan on the CPU, which apparently seemed to create a semi-echo effect within the chassis, thus the additional noise. Still, we were most satisfied with the cooling results of the IW-X710.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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