High End Case Roundup: In Win, Lian-Li, & SilverStone - HotHardware

High End Case Roundup: In Win, Lian-Li, & SilverStone

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At the end of the day, though, the case is mostly very easy to work on; there’s a decent amount of space inside for your hands and fingers, and the large openings between the metal plates make it easy to see what you’re doing.

  

The exterior design of the H-Frame is so flashy that it’s easy to overlook the ports and buttons built into the case, which include a pair of USB 3.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks, and reset and power buttons on the front, with a lone USB 2.0 port on top. The 5.25-inch drive slot is cleverly hidden on the front of the case; by making the bay slant at an angle to the ground, you actually can’t really see it unless you’re looking at it from below. Another nice feature is that the rubber feet on the bottom of the H-Frame absorb vibrations and keep the unit firmly in place on a desk.

  

If there was any concern that In Win focused on the bold design, brushed metal finish, and striking color scheme at the expense of build quality, let’s put that to bed right now: The H-Frame is as well built as any case we’ve seen. The whole chassis is rock solid, from the sturdy panels that comprise the case’s skeleton to the drive trays to the posts and screws holding things together, the H-Frame was just put together right.



   
The H-Frame ships with very few extras; in fact, all you’ll see in the box is a (very nice, full color) manual, several bags of screws (each one conveniently labelled), rubber pads for mounting the PSU, and five zip ties.
 

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Why cant we load pictures ladies and gents?

TcM

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In Win H-frame is an dust collector or not ?

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That H-Frame is a cool looking design. I would actually want to use something like that. Sadly, when I went searching for where to buy it, NewEgg had it listed as discontinued.

The Lian-Li is 'clean' looking, but I don't like how the system is laid out, nor how the heat would travel through it. Essentially, to me, it seems too 'closed up' and I don't like the HDD's position at the top of the case which doesn't appear to have an output heat vent.

The Fortress FT02 Looks like it has a nicer setup than the Lian-Li, but when I look at your thermal testing, it shows that the Lian-Li was actually the 'coolest' running case of the three. I was surprised. I also wished that you had included a thermal test with the H-Frame having the exhaust fan even though it wasn't included in the default setup. That would have been interesting data to know as well.

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Closed up is good. The separate compartments allow for much better cooling.

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H-Frame might be good for a silent, completely passively cooled build, maybe even water, but thats about it.

I dont remember a Lian Li case I didnt like. Maybe the train one... The disc tray at the side would be better for me, as I love a clean looking front, but dislike doors.

I really dislike the Fortress series. I know people like them, I just do not

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The H frame is a cool design on paper, never something Id own personally due to dust alone. I agree that on a passive cooled only build it could show some potential, still id pass it up.

Lian Li always makes a decent chassis of outstanding quality, and for how its setup. It looks like they took a design cue from the 800d, having separate zones to keep the noise and heat down is a nice thing. As always the finish is of great quality. I like the ROM drives on the side, nice little touch. Cable routing could be a little better on the mobo side.

The silverstone is a nice chassis, that could be hit or miss depending on how/where its setup. Though I understand WHY, I am not sure how I feel about the GPUs exhausting straight up the top like that (I can imagine a space heater like effect after a few). None the less, silverstone and lian li both have always made some fine chassis, you cant go wrong with either lian li or silverstone.

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Shadizzle, I initially shared your concern about the GPU heat on the Fortress, but with three huge fans on the bottom of the case moving air upwards, it wasn't ultimately an issue.

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Hey... for you guys worried about dust: I take my machine outside and use my electric leaf blower with a flexible extension hose attached to it to blow all the dust out of my system. I do that about once every couple weeks or so. It's amazing how well 100mph wind will blow the dust right out. Keeps it really nice and clean in there.

When I'm doing it, I hold any fan I'm blowing out with my finger, otherwise it'll make it spin like crazy. I also wear a dust mask while I do it because it will blow out quite a bit of dust. Or... at least it does for me. :)

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love Lian-Li cases! I was impressed with the H frame when it was announced, how hard is it to get one? I remember it and the D frame were being made in very limited numbers.

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The Lian-Li case looks the best to me, but the price is astounding.

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