A PC case is without a doubt a key component of any rig. You need a decent case to protect all the components inside, and good thermals are also pretty important. But, it’s not just about performance anymore. In a world where every setup is unique and different, aesthetics play an important role for the consumer.
The Baller PC Case
- Gorgeous Aesthetics
- Included fans are a nice bonus
- Great airflow
- Frustrating cable management
- Needs more drive trays
Material: Brushed aluminum with dual tempered glass panels | Weight: 26.4lb | Size: 19.7 x 8.4 x 20 inches | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ITX, ATX
VERDICT:The InWin 905 isn't exactly the most affordable chassis on the market, but it is definitely a looker. Once you look past the price, it's a great option for an enthusiast build.
Budget PC cases don’t have any side panel windows, RGB or other flashy features most of the time. Well today, we’re definitely not talking about budget cases. We’re talking about the absolute balls to the walls enthusiasts stuff. Most of these cases are following the trend of tempered glass panels (even at the front), along with a tonne of RGB support and a lot of breathing room.
The InWin 905 is no exception to this, it’s definitely a premium case through and through. Shouldn’t be much of a surprise though, as it’s coming from a company known to make unique cases. But the design aesthetic makes it really stand out from the crowd. So does the price. So we’ll basically help you find out if this stylish chassis is worth your money.
Taking a look at InWin’s website, you’ll be greeted with a tonne of flashy designs. Their stuff really does stand out from the crowd. The 905 chassis isn’t an exception to this. Although it has a bit of a more minimal look to it, it still makes quite the impression.
Pulling the 905 out of the box, you already know that this is something special indeed. The entire exterior of the case features brushed aluminum all around. Apparently, it looks like a solid single sheet of 4mm aluminum, so this looks like a unibody design. Adding to the brushed metal design, the rounded corners and chamfered edges contribute even more to the already classy look.
There is a sharp seam at the back of the case, near the edge. But you won’t really notice this at all. Of course, you should definitely watch out for this when plugging things into the back, just to be safe. There’s also a trapezoid-shaped cutout between the aluminum housing and the side panel, which makes the case even more unique.
Speaking of the side panels, both sides of the case featured tempered glass side panels. However, unlike most cases, the 905 does have a darker tint on it. Some people might like this, others not so much. Unlike other cases, seeing your components isn’t as easy. Well, unless you shove a lot of RGB stuff in there.
What’s It Like Inside?
Okay, so we already know design is the main thing the 905 has going for it. The sleek, minimal and classy aesthetic is what InWin is banking on to sell you this case. But the inside of a case is just as important as the outside. If you can’t build inside the case easily, what’s even the point of spending a lot of money?
Well, the InWin 905 has a bit of a weird situation going on inside. It’s nothing crazy, just your standard layout. The typical motherboard space at the left, along with the 120mm exhaust fan and space for two 120mm fans at the front. The case already comes with InWin’s ARGB fans, which we’ll talk about later on.
The main problem inside the case is the sizing. The motherboard tray is quite large, meaning it can fit motherboards up to 13 inches wide. But this also means if you are going to use a standard motherboard, it’s going to look absolutely dwarfed inside. This also messes with the cable routing situation.
Cable Mangement And Storage
The holes for cable management are placed just a bit too high. This ends making the cables look longer and a bit messier inside. You’re gonna have to do some real handiwork to hide the cables. The case also looks any rubber grommets for the cable management holes, which is unacceptable at this price.
Remember that trapezoid cutout we mentioned earlier? Well, it’s located at the front of the case near the bottom, and while it looks funky it takes away a lot of functionality. Usually, this area is used for placing your storage drives. With the 905, you’re limited to a single 3.5mm tray at the back with two additional 2.5mm SSD trays. This would be fine with a cheaper case, but for a case that costs so much, it’s a major issue.
As we mentioned before, the InWin 905 has a lot of breathing room inside. Fan support isn’t all that bad either. We have room for a 240mm radiator at the front, a small 120mm radiator at the back or a full 360mm radiator at the bottom. Granted, the bottom 360mm radiator configuration isn’t exactly the most practical as there isn’t a tonne of breathing room in that area.
Thanks to the ample space inside, we have a tonne of room for adding a reservoir and pump for a custom water-cooling loop. But the top is a bit cramped so you’ll have to adjust the pipes accordingly for your custom loop.
The 905 takes air in from the bottom (where the cutout is located) and the right-side panel (which features a vent). So thermals aren’t an issue because all the components have enough room to breathe. There is one major disappointment, however.
It’s not a major dealbreaker by any means, but there is only one single dust filter located above the cutout we mentioned. None of the other vents have a dust filter. Again, this is a major pain for such an expensive case.
The InWin 905 is far from being crowned the “perfect case”. There are a lot of small issues that come together to become an annoyance overall. The lack of rubber cable grommets, a small number of drive trays and lack of dust filters are the major culprits here.
And at an eye-watering price of $300, the InWin 905 definitely isn’t for everyone. But if you’re looking for a minimal case with a sleek aesthetic overall, the InWin 905 isn’t all that bad once you look past the price.
Price at the time of review: $300
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