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InWin Dragon Rider ATX Computer Case

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Yep, there are more details!

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Vandal resistant switches have been all the rage, and InWin has paid attention with a recessed/flush implementation of the power and reset switches. Also, across the top are a set of USB3 jacks (the blue ones), USB2, Firewire, eSATA jacks and headphone/microphone jacks.

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Looking at the back panel again, we can see that in the area behind the motherboard tray, InWin opted to enhance the space by extruding the steel to create a larger pocket on the back door. Very nice and handy!

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Moving to the power supply area, there is a great decision followed up with a “Huh?!?” bit of engineering. The power supply mounts into the bottom of this case, and if your PSU has a large bottom intake fan, *and you install that fan facing down… it will be drawing cooler air in from outside the case via a meshed area in the case bottom. This section has a finer mesh filter covering it to keep the nasties out of the PSU. Great decision!

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My gripe stems from the fac this mesh is on the *inside of the case*. You install you power supply, you have now sandwiched the fine mesh filter between your PSU and the case. This means that you will have to pull the power unit in order to clean the mesh! Hrmmm…. simple solution would have been a sliding mesh grate on the outside/bottom of the case so that it could be easily removed and cleaned (ala: what was put on to the BUC). They had the right idea, just didn’t fully think through the implementation. Shame really….

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The card mounting mechanism is tool-less, and operated on a piston methodology. Levers in this position push a piece of plastic down on to the top of the card bracket, holding it in place. Lift the switch….

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It lifts the clamping piston. The mechanism feels very secure. The back slot covers are also press formed mesh, to also aid in cooling and airflow.

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Moving back to the front bezel, you would think that the mesh would be letting the dust in pretty freely, but appearances are deceiving!

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On the back side of the front hex mesh is a backing of a fine mesh filter.

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As usual, I ran my had and arm all through this case, looking for anything to split skin or catch hair. Could not be done in this case. All edges were filed, smoothed rounded or turned. That is no small feat due to al of the holes cut inside this case folks, usually I can find at least one or two marginal places that will tear my King Kong hands up. Could not be done on this case! Major kudos to InWin on good production processes. Many past cases I have used have lulled me into a false sense of security by making themselves “appear” finished, but inevitably, I grab an obscure place that I apparently should not have grabbed, and let the blood flow. Could not find one… nope…. nada…

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Last detail I want to go over is the addition of some acoustic baffling on this beast! Check this out!

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Sweetness! With all of the potential fan noise this case *could* make, it is nice to see a little pro-activity by the manufacturer to try and put the kybosh on this.

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