In Win Dragon Rider Enthusiast/Gaming Tower

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In Win Dragon Rider Enthusiast/Gaming Tower

June 16, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product
In Win Dragon Rider
ATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$140

The Dragon Rider is part of In Win's "Destiny Extreme" line, a series of PC cases geared toward enthusiasts and gamers. Having an impressive stature, plenty of airflow, and a bold look, it appears to have all the necessary elements to be successful with its target audience.


The case.

The Dragon Rider gets its name from its look, and from the fact that In Win already offers a smaller, more buttoned down case called Dragon Slayer; Riding a dragon after all is the only thing that can top slaying one. Being tall with rounded contours and rivet-like adornments, the shape of the front bezel resembles a tower shield while the steel mesh covering the center like chainmail. Even though it's a plastic front, the effect is formidable.


The case.

A good enthusiast case must have excellent airflow and the Dragon Rider has that in spades. The components inherently have more breathing room than most cases as it stands almost t 22" tall and extends 23" deep. Then there is the cooling, provided by four 12 cm fans with up to 11 x 12/14 cm fans supported. Six of these placements aren't usable out-of-the-box though, as they are actually an alternative to the massive 22 cm monstrosity sitting on the large side panel vent which is capable of blowing tremendous amounts of fresh air over the center of the case interior. There's a small switch on the side to toggle the fan's blue LED's on and off, a useful feature if you like to throw parties.


Accessories.

The case ships with screws, drive rails, a PC speaker, cable tying accessories, a pair of 3-pin to 4-pin molex fan adapters, two extra rubber feet for longer power supplies, and a pair of AUX12V/EPS12V extension cables.

Specifications: In Win Dragon Rider
(from the product web page)
M/B Form Factor: ATX, Micro-ATX, E-ATX (12"x13")
Case Size: Full Tower
Dimension (HxWxD): 556 x 239 x 578mm (21.9" x 9.4" x 22.8")
Power Supply: ATX 12V PS2 or EPS
Drive Bays: External Drive Bay: 5.25" x 5 (one can swap to 3.5")
Internal Drive Bay: 3.5" x 6, 2.5" x 1
Top I/O: eSATA x 2, USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, IEEE 1394A x 1, HD/AC'97 Audio
I/O Expansion Slots: PCI-E/PCI/AGP Expansion Slot x 8
Thermal Solution: 1. 12cm Front Fan x 1
2. 12cm Rear Fan x 1
3. 12cm Top Fan x 1 (can install up to two 12cm Fans)
4. 22cm LED Side Fan with switch x 1 (can swap to six 12cm Fans) for Left Side Panel
5. 12cm LED Side Fan with switch x 1 for Right Side Panel
6. Water-Cooling hole ready Safety: RoHS, CE and FCC Class B Requirement


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