Many people at TR love small-form-factor machines because it's fun to see how much power you can pack into a tiny space. It's difficult to deny the appeal of a truly overpowered machine in a full-tower case, though. In Win just announced its new 509 case with an E-ATX design that looks suited for even the most monstrous PCs.
The combination of tempered glass and brushed aluminum on this case isn't as flashy as some of the other glass-and-aluminum cases we've seen before. That might appeal to some folks building high-end machines, particularly in SOHO environments that could merit a more professional look. If you miss the gamer glitz, In Win offers an Asus ROG-certified version of the case with an etched ROG logo on the side and RGB LEDs on the front.
Being an E-ATX case, the 509 is compatible with ATX, Micro-ATX, and even Mini-ITX motherboards. Those options won't take advantage of the eight expansion card slots present on the case, though. Builders can outfit the 509 with up to twelve drives, including up to eight 3.5" drives or nine 2.5" drives. The case includes spaces and venting for up to eight 120mm fans or six 140mm fans. Liquid-cooling lovers can fit the triple-fan mounts on the top and front of the case with radiators up to 360mm in length. Just make sure you bring your own fans, because the case doesn't include any.
The interior of the case is partitioned into two chambers, which is common on large cases like this. The bracket that outlines the motherboard compartment isn't just for looks; builders can mount additional fans or even another 360mm radiator there. Three of the 2.5" drive mounts can be sacrificed to mount additional 120mm fans that will exhaust through the hexagonal mesh on the normally-ignored right side of the case. In Win also includes special sliding brackets designed to hold up the far end of heavy graphics cards.
Just make sure you have room for this monster. The 509 is 23" deep and 21" tall (58 cm x 53 cm), although it's only 9" (24 cm) wide. The case alone weighs 31 pounds (roughly 14 kg.) The dimensions probably aren't of too much concern to folks looking for this size of chassis, though. Newegg has the In Win 509 right now for $185. The ROG version with red accents is the same price.
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