Dragon Slayer is a mini-tower case that In Win will be announcing during Computex 2010 (to be held next month in Taipei, Taiwan) and will be released in the US by the end of July. We had the privilege of being offered an exclusive coverage of this case way before it arrives on the market. Let’s see what you should expect from this future release from In Win.
Mini-tower cases were very popular in the past, but since the release of the ATX form factor users and manufacturers gradually shifted to the mid-tower format. Since mini-tower cases support only microATX motherboards, they became related to computers with low-end motherboards featuring on-board video. The few users that were brave enough to build gaming machines on regular mini-tower cases quickly discovered that their systems wouldn’t run stable due to overheating caused by the lack of proper ventilation (plus mini-tower cases don’t support very long video cards).
Dragon Slayer, however, is on the opposite spectrum of the market: it is targeted to high-end systems based on microATX motherboards for the convenience of having a smaller computer. Ventilation was the main focus when the manufacturer designed this little beast, as you can easily see by the presence of so many ventilation meshes, see on Figures 1 and 2.
You can install up to four 120 mm fans on the left-side panel from Dragon Slayer. The big mesh available on this panel features a big air filter, which is terrific.
The front of the case can be seen in Figure 3. No door is present and the case has three external 5.25” bays (one at the top and two at the bottom of the case) and one external 3.5” bay, below the top 5.25” bay. Usually mini-tower cases have at least three 5.25” bays on the top part of the case, but on Dragon Slayer the manufacturer decided to place these bays on a different configuration in order to allow the installation of long video cards.
As you can see, all parts on the front panel are meshed, featuring air filters behind them.
The bottom two 5.25” bays come with the hard disk drive cage installed, so in order to use them as 5.25” bays you have to put the hard disk drive cage aside (we will talk later about all options for installing disk drives). This cage comes with a 80 mm fan installed to cool down the hard disk drives, and the case also has a big 140 mm fan installed on its front panel. In Figure 4, you can see these two fans better with the front panel removed. The white piece in the middle is a light that makes the In Win logo to turn on when the computer is on. Both fans use a regular peripheral power connector, so you can’t monitor their speed. Also no technical details about these fans were provided at this time.