Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2016 - 12:03 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: PSII, open air case, in win, H-Frame, enclosure, CES 2016, CES, aluminum case
Among the enclosures on display at the In Win booth at CES 2016 was the H-Frame (not to be confused with the H-Tower), a striking, open-air enclosure with tempered glass side panels.
In Win highlights these features for the enclosure:
- Stunning lighting effect with light controller
- Open-air layered aluminium metal plate structure provides excellent thermal performance
- Supports USB 3.1 TYPE-C Super Speed transfer interface
- Convenient water cooling pump holder for versatile cooling option
- Equipped with 2 x 3.5”/2.5” SATA HDD modules and Tool-Free EZ-Swap HDD tray
- Unique In Win logo thumb screws
Every detail of the industrial design was clearly considered with the design of this H-Frame chassis, which has a very high level of fit and finish throughout. I was able to go hands on with the enclosure, which is very large in person at 23.5 inches high, 22.9 inches deep, and 10.6 inches wide. The tempered glass sides are tinted, which helps to reduce visible cable clutter behind the motherboard tray.
Besides the glass side panels, the entire construction is aluminum, and inside there is a full tower, standard ATX layout. No so standard is the external chassis design, which is a collection of aluminum plates that leave the outer walls of the case open to the air. This is not ideal for noise or dust of course, but this is the tradeoff with open-air designs which focus on cooling and ease of installation.
An interesting addition to the H-Frame announcement is a matching power supply from In Win, which is specifically designed for this limited edition enclosure. The matching SII-1065W is a very large, fully modular PSU that exceeds the width of standard ATX designs, classified as a PSII size PSU. Offering 1065 watts of power, this PSU has an efficiency equivalent to 80 Plus Platinum according to In Win.
Style matters, of course, so the PSU is color matched and includes internal lighting to match the H-Frame, visible through the clear PSU side panel which is designed to face the windowed side of the enclosure.
H-Frame specifications from In Win:
- Case size: Full Tower
- Material: Aluminum Metal Structure
- Motherboard form-factor: E-ATX / ATX / Micro-ATX / Mini- ITX (max 12” x 13”)
- Expansion slots: PCI-E Slot x8
- Supports High-end Graphic Card up to 440mm (Without HDD Tray)
- Drive bays (internal): 3.5” / 2.5” x6
- (Supports SATA HDD EZ-Swap Module x 2)
- Thermal solution support:
- 120mm Top Fan x3
- 120mm Rear Fan x1
- 360mm Top Radiator (height up to 40mm)
- Supports at least 185mm height CPU heatsink
- Power Supply: Supports ATX12V & EPS12V up to 210mm
- Dimensions: 597 x 271 x 582mm (23.5” x 10.6” x 22.9”)
Pricing and availability were not available for the H-Frame Open-Air Chassis and SII-1065W power supply.
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Clearly a contender
Open air cases are a pretty niche market. The number of DIY users that are interested or willing to have their components fully exposed need to have some specific goals in mind. You could be a full time overclocker, looking for easy access to the CPU socket for LN2 or to hit that BIOS reset button. You could also be an enthusiast that is always swapping out components so the ability to bypass getting under a desk and removing a door makes things faster. Or you could just be a show off and want to be certain your friends and family see the gear you have purchased to power your PC gaming.
Just don't be someone with curious cats.
Puget Systems is a high end system builder based in the north west United States and though they don't plan on making a living selling these open air cases, called the Puget Systems EATX V1 Test Bench, they decided if they were making it, they might as well sell it too. Used primarily for the company's own internal testing and evaluation, the open air test bench is an acrylic structure that holds the power supply and storage on a bottom level along with the motherboard and other components up top, totally open to the elements.
It is expensive though, at $170.
The stand out features include support for a 120mm or even 240mm water cooler mount, triple GPU support and of course, as the name implies, the capability to hold EATX motherboards. Check out the full video review above and if you just want to see some more photos, click the link below!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2012 - 09:29 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: scythe, open bench, open air case, atx case, acyrilic case
Scythe, a PC enthusiast hardware company popular for its line of fans and processor heatsinks will soon be launching a new open air case. The ACB-TYPE3 is a clear acrylic case that forgoes side panels for an open bench design.
The case weighs in at under 6 pounds, the case is constructed of 5mm acrylic and can accommodate ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. Additionally, it features three 5.25” drive bays, three 3.5” hard drive bays, and two 2.5” drive bays suitable for storing SSDs (solid state drives).
Another cool feature is that the open air case can hold tower coolers up to 190mm, which is not quite big enough for the 100W passive TwinBlock cooler but will be good enough for most any other high-end air cooler.
According to FanlessTech, the Scythe acrylic case will be available for purchase soon, and will cost around $85. It certainly seems like a neat option for benchmarking test beds and enthusiast’s that like to show off their computer hardware (nothing wrong with that!). You can find more photos over at the Fanless Tech website.