In Win Dragon Rider Review

Editor: David Mitchelson  Date: 19-01-11   10 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Conclusion

After previous bad experience with our first In Win case review I was rather dubious about the next case review, as you naturally would be. But I can tell you that In Win have certainly improved upon their build quality and case design concepts. The Dragon Rider has really impressed me.

Now, this case won't be suited to everyone. Some prefer a minimalist styling with smooth surfaces and simple visuals, we have to remember though that the Dragon Rider is targeted at the gamer. A strong, rugged, and bright appearance is therefore needful for such a case and in this regard the Dragon Rider is a superb looking gamer case which will compete with the likes of the HAF series from Cooler Master and the Twelve Hundred from Antec. I can verify that it is a good alternative to these popular choices.

In Win have been creative in the way they have developed the Dragon Rider - creating alternative methods of cooling the system via a 120mm fan mounted to the underside of the motherboard tray, aiding CPU socket and VRM cooling. They have also implemented a concaved side panel to accommodate good cable management behind the motherboard tray which makes it easy to keep the bigger cables like 24-pin ATX well hidden, away from the front of the motherboard.



The downside to the Dragon Rider is the obstruction the large 220mm fan causes when mounted to the side panel. Certainly in my experience, it touched the top of the heatpipes on the Noctua NH-U12P. So this large fan had to be removed in order for everything to work accordingly. On the flip side though, we can mount 6 x 120mm fans to the side panel, which contribute to the ability to install up to 11 x 120mm fans inside the Dragon Rider, which is a phenomenal cooling potential. (you may need some ear muffs though!).

Gamer's can expect to pay in the region of 100 Inc. VAT for the Dragon Rider which is a fair price for a full tower case of its calibre.

The bottom line is, the Dragon Rider is an impressive looking, roomy e-ATX compatible case with good cable management and a series of great features. Many may not have heard of In Win, but there is no reason why after the launch of this new case they shouldn't have.

Pros
+ Bold, rugged gamer appearance
+ Good build quality
+ Great potential for cooling
+ Very roomy

Cons
- Large CPU Coolers touch side panel fan
- No fan control






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