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InWin BL631 mATX Case
By: jkabaseball
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    2009-05-29

    Table of Contents:
  • InWin BL631 mATX Case
  • Putting it Together
  • More Components
  • Usage

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    InWin BL631 mATX Case - Usage


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    I have been using this case for two months now, and overall it's a decent case. For the price it has held up better than I thought. The heat issues haven't been much of a problem so far. I have it stored in an entertainment center, and the only ventilation in the center is a small hole in the back that is pretty much filled with cords at this point. I have an old case fan that I wired into the case; it is outside the case, but it helps move air around there.

    I would point the finger at my positioning of the case instead of the case, when it comes to the reason I'm not having heat issues. I would have really loved a case fan somewhere, anywhere, as long as it moved air.

    I'm still having issues with the frontal space between the motherboard, power supply and drives. They are fighting for position and make it look like a mess. I have tried, and there is no way to get an additional 3.5" device in there. For all practical purposes the case can hold one 5.25" drive and a 3.5" drive, not two 3.5"devices. It would have been ideal if InWin had removed the bottom drive bay and put a fan or two there. There might be a future mod for this case.

    Power Supply

    There is a power supply bundled with the case, but many people might replace it with a better model. This is a mATX PSU, and a regular one won't fit in the case, so make sure you get one that fits. The unit that came in my case is 300 watts, and runs just fine. I am surprised, since it seems the case runs hot and isn't that powerful to begin with, but it has been running 24/7 for two months now and there is not any instability in the power yet.

    Conclusion

    We had the chance to take a look at the InWin BL631 mATX Case and PSU. It is one of the cheaper HTPC cases and it certainly shows. The build quality is iffy. The case feels strong, and removing the sides and sliding them back in is easy.

    There are some glaring errors in the design. The first is the fact the motherboard mounting holes didn't line up very well. Maybe three of them were usable, if that. That is a huge turn-off for most users. The biggest issue is the conversion of the PSU, motherboard and drives. This is a deal killer for most people. Would it have really killed to find room for a fan?

    Overall I feel this case is nothing special. It seems more like a cheap case that was engineered with good thoughts, but halfway through development they ran into some issues, and then decided just to make sure everything could fit and slapped it together and decided they were done. I would have no problem paying a little more for a solid case.

    I would recommend this only if you are going for a small cheap case and have low-end hardware that doesn't get too hot, and only a few drives. All of these "ands" are what will keep this case from making any kind of big sales. Sorry InWin, better luck next time; this case isn't ready to be near the top of my list for cases.


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