In Win G7 Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on April 8, 2013


Introduction

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The G7 is the latest mid-tower case from In Win, coming with a very attractive price tag: USD 70. Let’s see what this case has to offer.

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Figure 1: In Win G7 case

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Figure 2: In Win G7 case

The left panel of the In Win G7 is meshed, supporting the installation of two 120 mm fans.

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Figure 3: Left panel

The Front Panel

The front panel of the In Win G7, although made of plastic, has a very nice faux-aluminum look. It has three external 5.25” bays with solid covers and comes with a 120 mm fan, which uses a regular peripheral power connector, but is connected to a two-speed fan controller. There is an air filter for this fan. The In Win G7 supports the installation of a second 120 mm fan on its front panel, and this installation can be done without the use of screws, thanks to the tool-less mechanism available.

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Figure 4: Front panel

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Figure 5: Front panel

The case comes with two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, the traditional audio jacks, and a two-speed fan controller, labeled “turbo.” The USB 3.0 port uses an internal connector.

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Figure 6: Buttons and connectors

The Top, Bottom, and Rear Panels

The top panel of the In Win G7 is completely solid, but it comes with an external 3.5”/2.5” docking bay.

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Figure 7: Top panel

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Figure 8: The 3.5”/2.5” docking bay

The bottom panel of the In Win G7 has an air filter for the power supply fan as well as for the optional bottom fan.

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Figure 9: Bottom panel

The rear panel and the interior of the In Win G7 are painted in black.

On the In Win G7, the power supply is installed at the bottom of the case.

The product comes with a 120 mm fan installed on its rear panel, which is connected to the fan controller. No technical specifications for this fan are provided.

This case has seven expansion slots with vented slot covers.

The reviewed case has two holes protected with rubber covers for external liquid cooling solutions. Each of the holes is 0.8” (20 mm) in diameter.

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Figure 10: Rear panel

The rear panel features a tab for installing a padlock or warranty seal in order to prevent unauthorized people from opening the computer.

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Figure 11: Tab for a padlock or warranty seal

Let’s now take a look inside the In Win G7.

Inside the In Win G7

Both panels are attached to the chassis using black thumbscrews. The motherboard tray has a huge cutout for you to access the backplate of the CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard from the case, several holes for you to route cables behind it, and several clips for you to fasten cables using cable ties. Also, the motherboard tray doesn’t go all the way to the case’s bottom panel, leaving a lot of room for you to route and/or hide the cables from the power supply.

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Figure 12: Overall look

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Figure 13: A view behind the motherboard tray

In Figure 14, we have another overall look inside the case. Expansion cards are fastened using regular screws (at least they are black), accessed from outside the case. The In Win G7 supports video cards up to 16” (408 mm) long.

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Figure 14: Overall look

The power supply is installed at the bottom of the case. It can be installed with either its bottom fan facing up or facing down, so you can decide if you want the fan of your power supply pulling air from inside the case or from outside of it. As shown before, there is an air filter for the power supply fan.

The case supports the installation of a 92 mm or 120 mm fan on its bottom panel, and the case has an air filter for this optional fan.

On the case’s default configuration, you can install power supplies up to 11” (280 mm) deep. If you install a 92 mm fan on its bottom panel, this clearance is reduced to 7.7” (195 mm), and if you install a 120 mm fan, this clearance is reduced to 6.9” (175 mm).

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Figure 15: Power supply compartment

The Disk Drive Bays

The In Win G7 has three external 5.25” bays, four internal 3.5”/2.5” bays, and one internal 2.5” bay. As previously mentioned, the reviewed case also has an external 3.5”/2.5” docking bay. The installation of 5.25” and 3.5” devices can be done without the use of tools or screws.

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Figure 16: Disk drive bays

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Figure 17: The individual 2.5” bay

Each 3.5”/2.5” bay is actually a small drawer, as you can see in Figure 18, and comes with anti-vibration rubber rings for 3.5” hard drives.

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Figure 18: One of the 3.5”/2.5” bays

Main Specifications

The main specifications for the In Win G7 include:

* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.

Conclusions

The In Win G7 provides a terrific value for the average user who is looking for an inexpensive case with several features usually only found on more expensive parts.

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Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/In-Win-G7-Case-Review/1760


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