In Win 301 microATX case is stylish and compact


— 12:05 PM on January 25, 2017

We haven't covered In Win's 303 ATX mid-tower case, but other sites seemed to like it. The company probably figured it had a good product on its hands and is now back with the 301, a similar design to the the 303 case but with microATX dimensions. The 301's product page is fairly short on details at the moment, but Gamers Nexus and Hardware Canucks were able to get a look at the new case at CES.

The case sits atop fairly bulky feet, allowing air to flow in through the bottom of the chassis and out through fans in the back. From piecing together both sites' coverage, we can surmise that the 301 appears to support a 120mm radiator in the back and a 240mm radiator in the front, though air intake for the front radiator appears to be somewhat limited. The power supply is mounted at the top of the unit, making the whole layout reminiscent of old mid-tower cases. The 301's rather closed design and dimensions mean that although a pair of fans can be mounted at the bottom, there's apparently not enough clearance for a radiator in that location.

There's yet no specific info on maximum graphics card length and CPU cooler height, though judging by the bigger 303's support for cards as long as 14" (25 cm), prospective shoppers may not need to worry much. In Win offers an optional PCIe vertical mounting bracket and riser for those looking to showcase their graphics card. Storage drive support appears to be limited to one 3.5" device and one 2.5" drive in addition to the de rigeur M.2 drives strapped directly to the motherboard.

Gamers Nexus says the In Win 301 chassis will be available in the first half of this year. Pricing wasn't mentioned, but we'd expect it to ding wallets for somewhat less than the $90 cost of the larger InWin 303. Buyers get the choice of a black model with red trim and a white unit with blue trim.

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