In-Win Metal Suit GD Mid-Tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-15-2008
Provided by: In-Win

The side panel does not mount any fans although there are two vented openings for air to be drawn through. The top vent has an adjustable duct attached for the CPU cooler. I am not usually a fan of these as they don't often line up exactly with the CPU socket placement, depending on the motherboard used. The inside of the Metal Suit is painted steel just like the panel but there are a few interesting accessories - the most notable of which is probably the bottom fan shroud.

The fan shroud on the lower portion of the case contains two 80mm fans aimed down over the video card area. These will draw fresh air through the side panel vent to cool the GPU. The fans are a custom type with black frames and bright green/yellow blades. The shroud is latched at the top by two catches, one at the rear by the riser slots and one at the front which has a sliding lock mechanism.

Releasing the catches allows the shroud to fold down on hinges along the bottom edge, revealing the hard drive cage and riser slots. The slots have tool-less clips of a design I've not used previously, although similar to others which rotate 90 to hold cards in place. They are easy to operate and feel fairly sturdy. Although the Metal Suit did not ship with any blanks in the slots there are enough plates included to cover all but one of the openings.

The hard drive cage is turned perpendicular to the case but is mounted on a hinge that allows the whole thing to rotate out at an angle for easier mounting and fan access. The front intake fan has the same color scheme used throughout the case and is mounted in a quick-release bracket with an integrated mesh filter. Coupled with the fold out drive cage, this will make cleaning the fan periodically extremely easy to do.

The exhaust fan is of the same color scheme and also uses a bracket with integrated guard to hold it in place. We can also see some of the motherboard standoffs are stamped into the tray - those that are common to ATX and micro ATX formats. The rest must be threaded in where needed. A motherboard I/O plate is included but it is the old style of layout that is rarely used anymore. At the front of the case we see In-Win has included a 5" bay carrier to hold all the drive rails. The top two optical slots as well as the two floppy and four hard drive bays all make use of the rails.

The front bezel can be removed in order to take out the bay fillers and only one wire holds it to the case frame, the one for the front panel LEDs. In-Win has thoughtfully included a quick disconnect in case you need to set the bezel aside. The rest of the switches and ports are attached to the case itself. The power and reset switch location may interfere somewhat with air intake although the bezel is probably the biggest bottleneck to airflow. The back side of the case is fairly plain although the hard drive cage is completely pass-through and there are several slots and holes for cable routing.

Continue ahead to installation.

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