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Old 03-23-2010, 04:01 PM   #1
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"In Win has just released an inexpensive mid-tower case, Griffin. Although focused on the value market segment, this case brings some interesting options. *Figure 1: In Win Griffin case.*Figure 2: In W..."

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Old 03-24-2010, 12:20 AM   #2
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I really like the looks of this one!
Unfortunately yellow doesn't quite fit anywhere I could think of placing one, so having options of other more or less vivid colours, like red, blue, green and burgundy would be great.

Now for some strong and weak points.
Strong(?):
# Big side fan. Is a strong point for cooling.
# Meshed 5 bay covers. Is good for cooling the optical drives.
# Air filters on the 5 bay covers. Makes no sense, since the fans are not filtered and the case will most likely rely on positive pressure generated by the side fan.
# Vented slot covers. Helps venting out heat from a graphics card with all internal exhaust, but might reduce the CPU cooling.
# Light weight. Makes it easy to carry.

Weak points:
# Poor cooling of the HDDs. Ventilation hole reduced to a tiny slot under the front bezel. (Closed off if the case is placed on a soft surface.)
# Dust collector. Lack of filters and no easy way to attach filters in an elegant manner.
# Inherently noisy design.
- No soft mounts for drives, fans and PSU.
- Weak steel that might cause resonance and amplify some noise.
- Potentially noisy exhaust fan that competes with the PSU to remove air from the CPU area, thereby causing even more noise.

Conclusions:
# This is not a case for quiet computing.
# HDD cooling can easily be improved by opening up some holes in the lower part of the front bezel.
# Requires internal cleaning every now and then.

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Old 03-29-2010, 02:13 PM   #3
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I really like the looks of this one!
Unfortunately yellow doesn't quite fit anywhere I could think of placing one, so having options of other more or less vivid colours, like red, blue, green and burgundy would be great.

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More Color options would be nifty. Lime green would be awesome.
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