INWIN 805 Review

The Build

INWIN 805 Review

The Build

As there's no base ventilation for the PSU, it has to in with the fan uppermost.  Now this isn't a biggy, as a lot of us prefer to mount it this way, but it is always nice to have to option.  The perforated triangular bracket above the PSU ensures that there's ample space between the PSU and whatever happens to be hanging off your lowermost PCI slot.  That said, we're not too sure we like the look of the bracket, or to be honest think it really that necessary as it's going to be abundantly clear to any builder whether something is too close.  Our final thought on this bracket though is that it could perhaps be there to aid structural rigidity, in which case, it's a damn ugly way to go about it.

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We have to confess to being a bit baffled by the layout of the cable management holes.  Granted as some of them are stamped and folded they could be there to aid in structural rigidity, however we don't think this is the whole story.  Take for example the rectangular holes vertically stacked towards the front of the case.  These two massive holes appear to be there to route the sata power and data cables from the HDDs when the rack is in either of its vertically mounted alternate positions.  Why the holes need to be this big is beyond us though.  Now let's look at the tow rectangular cut outs beneath the main CPU cut out.  Now, as a result of the fixings on the opposite side it's abundantly obvious that these are cut outs for the SSD mount brackets.  Once mounted, the SSD can be seen through the glass on the reverse side, and you might think "Great, we can also see it though the front side"  Well you could in theory but you'd still only be looking at its stickerless underbelly.  The other problem though is that once your Motherboard is fitted both these holes and a good proportion of the other SSD mount is actually covered up.  Talking of covering things up, the rest of what we think to be actual cable management holes are also partially obscured by the board.  OK, so this could be to make routing easier with M-ATX and M-ITX boards, but who is seriously going to buy a decent sized mid tower case and then screw up the interior aesthetic by putting a teeny weeny mobo in it. 

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On the reverse side we can better see what we're talking about with regards to the holes being occluded, and can also see that there is a total absence of cable tie points.  Inwin do supply some broad cable clips, but we've chosen not to use them, as all the main system cables we've shown won't actually fit in them.

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Cables are left to meander their way though the holes with little to guide them.  And it's worth noting that if you're going to mount an SSD in the brackets not obscured by the mobo tray, then you're leaving yourself very short of holes to actually use to run the cables forward.

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Most Recent Comments

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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