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InWin certainly isn’t a new-comer to the computer case industry. In fact, in the last few years InWin has been turning out some very unique cases. The D-Frame, the S-Frame, the Tau, and the H-Tower are among the most over the top computer cases that InWin has come out with to date. Many of these cases implement the use of tempered glass panels, but at a price point that may be prohibitive for most enthusiasts.
The InWin 805 brings a solid chassis to the table with the high end feel of tempered glass panels, at a reasonable price point.
As can be seen, the side panels of the In-Win 805 are tempered glass and cover the entire side. The In-Win logo on the side lights up when powered up, as well.
The front of the case has a tempered glass cover, one (1) USB 3.1 type C, one (1) USB 3.0, two (2) USB 2.0, and Audio ports in addition to the power hard drive activity LEDs and power switch.
The back of the 805 is a pretty standard eight (8) PCI slots, ATX PSU, and room for a single 120mm fan (pre-installed).
The bottom has two (2) plastic feet brackets with two (2) rubber inserts each, and a magnetic dust filter for the two (2) optional bottom intake fans.
There is some work involved to remove the front piece of tempered glass, but once you get to them, there are four (4) screws that allow you to take it off the front of the case.
Behind the tempered glass front panel is a an In-Win logo and stamped hex pattern for the air intake. It is different in that it’s stamped more like cable tie loops and not through holes, but it offers a unique look.
The side panels are tempered glass and are removed by taking off four (4) thumb screws.
The inside of the 805 is pretty simple and there’s a fair amount of room. The I/O cables are long enough, with out being annoyingly long. Plus, note the nice black braided sleeve over the cables.
The front bracket for mounting up to two (2) 120mm or two (2) 140mm fans is removable by taking out two (2) thumb screws.
On top of the two (2) 3.5″ drive trays is a mounting location for a 2.5″ drive. The tray has a captive thumb screw, so you don’t have to keep track of it.
The two (2) 3.5″ drive trays are tool-less, and latch nicely into place.
On the back of the motherboard tray there are an additional three (3) 2.5″ drive trays, a large CPU backplate cutout, and several spaces to run wires.
The two (2) plastic brackets for the feet have two (2) removable rubber feet on each to reduce vibration transmission and potential for scratching whatever surface the case is placed on.
There are two (2) screws under the rubber feet that allow you to remove the plastic feet that come with the chassis. This should make it pretty easy to add your own taste in case feet.
After removing the front foot (required), the 3.5″ drive cage can be removed from the chassis.
There are two (2) sets of holes to mount the drive cage on the front of the case. One is as shown above, and the second is right above it in the same position.
The hole spacing for the two (2) 120mm fans in the floor of the case line up with a radiator, but make note that installing a 240mm radiator in this location will greatly limit the amount of space you have for the power supply.
Up to a 280mm radiator can be installed on the front fan bracket. Some radiators with larger plenums may require the removal of the 3.5″ drive cage.
Although not supported officially, there is plenty of room to fit a 360mm radiator the front. It would require a little modification to the front fan bracket to accommodate it, but the space is there.
There would also be room to add up to a 360mm radiator to the top, but it would have to be offset and probably limited to the thinner radiators to avoid motherboard clearance issues.
There is nothing difficult or tricky about installing the motherboard, but note that the top cable hole gets blocked by a 2.5″ drive tray if it’s in use.
Graphics cards up to 320mm long can be installed with no issues or having to remove anything.
There is a partial plate that covers the power supply. There are no perforations on the bottom of the case for the fan, so the power supply can only be mounted with the fan up (screw holes are only provided for mounting it this way as well).
One tricky thing with this case is that since it has a tempered glass side panel on both sides, you’ll want to manage those cables well. InWin provide a handful of zip ties, and several of the self adhesive cable clamps.
The main issue I have with 2.5″ drive trays on most cases is also present here; they almost require the use of the straight SATA power (and data) connectors, instead of the pass-through T style connectors. It puts pressure on the SSD having to run the wires out from the T connectors.
It feels like the airflow space between the front tempered glass and the hex perforations is a little lacking. I think adding a small spacer and using longer screws would be a good idea. Something small, probably around 1/8″ would probably work well.
Watercooling in the 805 is not too bad since there feels like there is ample space in the case, but I feel radiator space is a little lacking for larger installs.
Overall the InWin 805 was a fun case to build in. I liked having the open space, the ease of mounting fans and radiators on a plate before putting them in the case, and the clean look that the case had. The tempered glass is obnoxious to take pictures of, is a finger print magnet, requires you to manage your cables well. But, it certainly shows off your hardware superbly.
The magnetic dust filter on the bottom was nice, and had a solid registration when in place. The brushed aluminum finish on the external parts of the chassis looked and felt nice. Plus, the rest of the case had a good quality finish to it. Being able to move the 3.5″ drive cage around is nice, but, I wouldn’t mind seeing a slightly less involved process to remove it. Same goes for the front tempered glass panel, as it would be nice to be able to remove it a little easier, since there’s no removable dust filter.
While the 805 was fun to build in, I felt like it could have used a little more fresh-air through the front of the chassis. The tempered glass front panel seemed to sit rather close to the intake behind it. There was room for air to get into the fans from the lower section of the case, but would have been nice to see a little better airflow through the front.
All that said, once you’re done building in this case the results can be quite fantastic, if showing off your hardware is the goal.
‧ Aluminum construction
‧ Tempered glass panels
‧ Removable fan/radiator bracket
‧ Sturdy magnetic dust filter (bottom)
‧ Adequate interior space
‧ Movable/removable 3.5″ cage
‧ SSD trays on motherboard tray
‧ USB 3.1 Type C included
‧ Wire routing space a little cramped
‧ Small air space behind front panel
‧ Involved dis-assembly process
‧ No option for bottom intake for PSU
‧ No front dust filter
Unless you have access to far better equipment than I do, hardcore modding the 805’s side and front panels will likely not happen. There is a fair amount of room inside the chassis if someone wanted to make some shrouds or covers for the front intake and/or power supply. Hardware mods would be easily shown off in this chassis, as well as interesting liquid cooling loops. I wouldn’t mind seeing a version of this chassis that was another 2-3 inches taller, to accommodate even a slim 360 radiator in the top.
All things considered, I quite liked working in the InWin 805. It was solidly built, had enough space to work with, and had a few features to make installing a custom waterloop pretty enjoyable. There are a few things that I would like to have seen, such as better front air intake and/or a dust filter, and the option for a bottom intake PSU orientation. I don’t think either of those are enough to detract from the overall quality and aesthetic of this case. Although the retail price is around $200 (at the time of review) I feel it is very fairly priced considering the tempered glass panels on 3 sides. I would gladly rate the 805 at 5 nanners, and Mod Zoo Approved.