INWIN 805 Review

Up Close: Interior Base, Rear and Roof

INWIN 805 Review

Up Close:  Interior Base, Rear and Roof

The PSU sits at the rear of the case as is traditional.  What isn't traditional though is that there are no foam pads or rubber feet for it to rest upon.  Instead it sits flat on the base of the case.  You'll also notice that there are no vent holes for the PSU at the back, necessitating, as the sticker instructs, that the PSU be mounted fan upwards.  Thankfully there's a decent gap between the top of the PSU mount area and the bottom PCI slot, and for that matter a triangular bracket to prevent any large GPUs encroaching on the PSU zone.  The only other ventilation in the base of the case comes from an area able to support a pair of 120s or 140s.  To utilise this though it is necessary to remove or relocate the 3.5" rack.

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The roof of the case is highly polished Aluminium.  As the aesthetic of the case is one of simple elegance the roof is not bespoiled with vents or fan mounts.  Up in the top corner we can also see the reverse side of the front I/O.  Although the connections are all quite exposed, their location should ensure that they don't get to many knocks in the build process.

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Unlike a good many cases who have motherboard trays that vary in depth across the width of the case, the reverse side of the 805 is single depth.  With a good 20mm of space there should be enough room to route cables, however, although cable ties are supplied, there are no cable tie points.  As we'll see when we look at the accessories, Inwin do supply some adhesive cable clips, however these are too small to accept anything other than a few fan or USB size cables.  They certainly won't take the PCI, 8 pin CPU or ATX power cables.

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The rear of the motherboard also sports three 2.5" show off mounts.  Where we can understand that the SSDs can be see through the glass at the rear of the case we're not entirely sure why Inwin have enabled them to be seen from the other side of the case.  As with the motherboard fitted the view from the main side of the case will be obstructed in all but the smallest of Motherboards.  OK, so they can be seen if you use an M-ITX board, but seriously, are you really going to buy a mid tower case and pop an M-ITX board into it.

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17-09-2015, 06:35:50

barnsley
Such a shame about the interior. It'd need alot of modding and (as you say) some sort of false floor to get up to scratch with the exterior. You could possibly squeeze a bigger rad upfront too with a couple of tweaks. I am still tempted by this case though, even if it would need alot of work to get close to what I need.Quote

17-09-2015, 21:15:36

jimma47
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Such a shame about the interior. It'd need alot of modding and (as you say) some sort of false floor to get up to scratch with the exterior. You could possibly squeeze a bigger rad upfront too with a couple of tweaks. I am still tempted by this case though, even if it would need alot of work to get close to what I need.
Still love it. The outside is beautiful. The inside is a bit of an odd one but I'm sure it would look good once built. There are better internals out there - and a lot worse as well. I think the SSD's aren't actually supposed to be visible from the front (mobo) side but that's just my take on it.

Would be interesting to see if a blank sort of like a false floor could be mounted to cover the cable mess on the back side of the case. It could be coloured (or mirrored?) 2 or 3mm plexi or brushed aluminium or something. This could act as a shroud and cover the areas that are left looking a bit messy.

I think though the glass panel would act as a mirror anyway so you probably wouldn't see that much unless you had and LED strip in there, say to highlight your SSDs. Just thinking out loud but would be nice to see a shot of the other side of the built version with the panel mounted. I wonder how noticeable it actually is when the case is all closed.

All up though - nice review Gary Quote

19-09-2015, 20:35:55

realneil
I like this case. It (like my InWin 901 case) is classy looking and I'm sure that I could find a way to deal with the interior issues.
This may be a good case for my wife's next PC.Quote

21-09-2015, 09:20:23

AlienALX
Nice review. Page 10 does nothing though guys.Quote
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