This is the review of the InWin 805 Infinity Mid-Tower Chassis. Special thanks to InWin for providing the 850 Infinity chassis which will form part of the prizes for our Mod-My-Box™ 2016 modding competition.
Back in the early days of PC computing, computer chassis used to be dull and boring. In 1998 (yes 1998!), I remember my first PC chassis was actually a full tower ATX case made by InWin. It was a boring beige color with 5 x 5.25″ and 3 x 3.5″ bays. I used it for my very first mod! I used a Dremel to cut 2 x 80mm holes on the top, 1 x 80mm hole in the front and a massive hole on the side panel for a window kit. I then sprayed the whole case gun-metal grey, added some cold cathode tubes and mounted my very own watercooling! Man, those were the days!
It’s now 2016, and modified cases are everywhere. In fact, if you’re an enthusiast and can’t be hassled with modding your case, there are many manufacturers nowadays that sell chassis that are already modified. You can have chassis with side windows, LEDs, extra cooling vents for additional fans, and space for mounting your own watercooling solution. InWin is one such company.
InWin have always been known for their chassis. They recently held their Case Modding contest (finals) at the Computex 2016 exhibition. We were there at Computex to cover their booth, which they showcased their entire range of chassis … from gaming chassis to pre-modified ones.
For those who don’t know who InWin are, here’s a little blurb taken from their website …
InWin Development Inc., an ISO 9001 manufacturer of professional computer chassis, power supplies and digital storage devices, is the leading provider of enclosure solutions to system integrators worldwide. Founded in 1985, InWin provides high quality chassis that conform to all safety regulations, as well as unsurpassed customer service.
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The InWin 805 Infinity sports an interesting feature that will definitely turn heads. Both sides of the chassis are tempered glass, and features a customizable front panel with RGB lighting effect using LED strips and a mirror. The reflection is an illusion that displays endless rows of LED lights fading into the darkness … this effect is referred to as the “Infinity Mirror”. This is controlled by their own software called “HALO” which you can download from their website. It’s also one of the first chassis I’ve seen that has a USB 3.1 (Type-C) port at the front.
Ok, enough talk, let’s check out the features and specifications of the InWin 805 Infinity Mid-Tower Chassis.
The 805 Infinity’s front panel possesses an LED lighting effect using LED strips and a mirror. The reflection is an illusion that displays endless rows of LED lights fading into the darkness; this effect is referred to as the “Infinity Mirror.“ The 805 Infinity provides users with a luminous visual experience.
You can download the exclusive software driver “HALO” from our 805 Infinity webpage to activate the RGB lighting effect. It is there that you can customize the lighting effect through our “HALO” driver to fully immerse yourself in the 805 Infinity experience.
The elegant and sleek 805 is constructed with high quality aluminium with anodized stylish hairline on the top and front I/O panels.
Both sides and front panels of 805 are finished with 3mm tempered glass which offers not only great protection, but also lets you to enjoy and show your build with others.
Two optional fans can be mounted at the bottom by moving HDD trays to the front to enhance airflow and achieve maximum heat dissipation.
Excellent Liquid Cooling Support for Better Airflow
Overall the 805 can accommodate two radiators (front and rear) to create the ultimate liquid cooling system for best cooling performance, thermal solutions and quick heat dissipation.
The exterior of the InWin 805 Infinity is very sleek and looks aesthetically pleasing. Both sides of the chassis is made from 3mm tempered glass, which is secured by 4 easy to remove thumb screws at each corner. Before mounting any PC components, I recommend taking extra care when removing the tempered glass sides.
The build quality is very good. Smooth edges all round and everything feels solid. The body frame of the chassis is made from Aluminum which makes it pretty light-weight, while the top of the chassis and front panel has a brushed Aluminum effect.
At the bottom of the chassis, there is a rather unique dust guard with magnetic feet, which allows for easy removal and re-attachment. The front panel contains all your usual connectors, including 2 x USB 2.0, mic-in, line-out, 1 x USB 3.0 and interestingly 1 x USB 3.1 (Type-C), which is an added bonus. On the far right, you’ll find the HDD activity and power-on LEDs, as well as the power button.
The interior of the 805 Infinity looks very spacious. You can fit various types of motherboard including a full-size ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX. For larger E-ATX motherboards, I would recommend a full tower chassis instead. The 805 Infinity is a midi tower after all.
The 805 Infinity features a screwless design for mounting hard drives via a bracket that holds 2 x 3.5″ trays. This whole bracket can be positioned at the bottom, middle or at the top for versatility.
For cooling, InWin has included 1 x 120mm at the rear. There is also a bracket at the front of the chassis with room for 2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm fans. Alternatively, you can use this space for your own watercooling solution allowing you mount a 240mm radiator. Additionally, you can also mount up to 2 x 120mm fans on the bottom of the chassis.
This front bracket features a nice InWin logo which lights up when connected to the motherboard.
Over the past few years, I noticed on a lot of premium chassis, a number of manufacturers have started to get rid of the 5.25″ brackets for CD/DVD drives. I guess there isn’t a need for CD/DVD drives on premium chassis anymore. This means there’s plenty of room for extra cooling, as well as the ability to mount your hard drives in various positions within your chassis.
As far as the 805 Infinity is concerned, there’s plenty of room inside. I was able to install the massive Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme Edition with no issues at all. What’s more I was able to fit the monstrous Noctua NH-D15 CPU cooler with ease.
The front panel features a customizable RGB lighting effect using LED strips and a mirror. The reflection is an illusion that displays endless rows of LED lights fading into the darkness … this effect is referred to as the “Infinity Mirror”. This is controlled by their own software called “HALO” which you can download from their website.
I really like the InWin 805 Infinity. It’s sleek and looks aesthetically pleasing. The build quality is very good. Smooth edges all round and everything feels solid. The body frame of the chassis is made from Aluminum which makes it pretty light-weight, while the top of the chassis and front panel has a brushed Aluminum effect. What’s more, it’s one of the first chassis I’ve seen that comes with a USB 3.1 (Type-C) connector on the front panel.
The tempered glass does make chassis look very classy, and the customizable front panel is definitely a head turner, especially with its RGB lighting and unique mirror effect. I also like the options for extra cooling both at the bottom and front of the chassis. You can amount your own watercooling solution with a radiator of up to 240mm in size.
Now, I know some of you may not like the unique mirror effect with RGB lighting on the front panel. But I guess it’s a matter of preference. For me, I love it. It just makes the chassis all “blingy” and extravagantly flashy … hahaha.
The price of the InWin 805 Infinity will set you back USD $250, which I think is acceptable considering it is a premium chassis, that’s designed for the high-end users who want to show off their hardware.
Good build quality
Lots of cooling options
USB 3.1 (Type-C)
Unique mirror effect with RGB lighting
None I can think of
If you’re an enthusiast and love to show off your hardware in a midi tower, then the InWin 805 Infinity is for you. With tempered glass on both sides, a unique mirror effect with RGB lighting, USB 3.1 (Type-C) on the front panel, and masses mount of cooling options … it’s more than you’ll ever need!