Every year at Computex, In Win unveils an outlandish case that ends up plastered all over the Internet. This year is no different, and the attention is well deserved. The new S-Frame is a beautiful blend of tempered glass and angular aluminum.
Want more? I thought so.
Two glass panels hang on either side of a shaped spine that appears to be formed from a single aluminum plate. The metal is four millimeters thick and anchors the internal skeleton onto which components are affixed. The scaffolding has an unconventional layout, with the motherboard rotated 90° clockwise, so the expansion cards hang from the top.
Putting the I/O ports up top is great for accessibility, but the associated wiring might look a little sloppy next to the S-Frame's hard lines. With a case like this, you really need clean cable routing inside and out to complete the look.
The S-Frame can accommodate full-sized ATX motherboards, expansion cards as long as 13.4", and PSUs up to 8.7" in length. There are four internal bays ripe for 2.5" or 3.5" drives, but I don't see any mention of support for 5.25" opticals. Meh. Front-panel connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports and the usual analog audio jacks.
On the cooling front, users can add three 120-mm fans at the bottom or a liquid radiator up to 360-mm long. The open-air design should be great for ambient airflow, but it's probably a nightmare for dust accumulation. I hope the $799 asking price includes a few cans of compressed air.
Acccording to TweakTown, the steep price tag at least buys some exclusivity. The S-Frame will have an initial production run of only 500 units. Only 50 will be made per month, the site says, but it's unclear whether that's an artificial restriction or simply a reflection of how long it takes to make one of these works of art.
We haven't seen this particular In Win case up close, but I have encountered some of the company's other limited-edition creations at previous shows, and the materials and build quality have always been top notch. If I could actually afford one of these things, I'd probably buy one.