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2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

Inwin IW-S564G-ATX

We have not received much communication from Inwin until just prior to this review. Inwin has been quietly revamping its offerings and preparing for another assault to try to win a THG Editors' Choice award. We received two new cases from Inwin this time around. Inwin still ranks as one of the leading case choices for do-it- yourself consumers (DIYs) based solely on their name recognition.

While today's case buyers are more familiar with the new heavyweights that have carved out a niche in the case marketplace with exciting features and new innovations targeted at a more consumer/gamer oriented audience, Inwin continues to do what it has done for a long time now; and that is to produce quality chassis products. We believe that this strategy has hurt Inwin somewhat, as Inwin has not previously been adding new innovations into their product line; however, Inwin is starting to change this with the addition of new models.

Number Of Internal 3-½" Bays2
Number Of External 3-½" Bays2 (1 in use by flash card reader/front port transfer panel)
Number Of External 5-¼" Bays3
Number Of Case Fans Supported2 - 80mm (Front fan not included with our test model)
Construction MaterialSECC Japanese Steel 0.8 mm
Power Supply DetailsInwin Branded 300 Watt - Optional higher Watt offerings available
Special FeaturesUSB 2.0 Multi-format flash card reader with front-mounted USB port, 1394/Firewire port, MIC jack and headphone jack; Air Guide mounted in side panel.
Size17"(H) x 7.75"(W) x 18.25"(D)
Sample Case Provided Bywww.in-win.com.tw
Estimated Cost$99.00 US
Cooling Potential Rating7
Construction Quality Rating8
Overall Case Rating7