InWin Q2000 Case Review
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.By installation here I mean the installation of the hardware
into the case. With the use of a sliding pull-out backing, motherboard
installation was incredibly easy. You can pull out the tray, and take it
to a more comfortable place to attach the board, in this testing bed, the
Asus K7M Rev 1.04 motherboard. With all the cards placed in their
respective slots before sliding the tray back into position, the usually
most difficult of installation was completed.
There is plenty of room on the inside of this case for you to work
on your cables. Keeping the cables in tie wraps or rubber bands
is the best way to go, keeping the inside of the PC neat and
organized. On the bottom, in front of the fan, is a nice place
to rest any tupperware you may be using for water cooling your
system. There was not a single sharp edge anywhere on this case. Even
the backplates where the cards go in have metal punchouts that
leave smooth, rounded edges. Not a cut or scrape on this installation.
Taking the face plates off the 5.25" bays was simple enough and
sliding the CD ROMs and CD Burners was a sinch. Number slots on the side
rails allow you to easily match up each side so that the device is flush
with the front of the case. With 5 bays, you have plenty of room to work
with here. In the test bed we had the following: 50x CD-ROM, 6x4x24x CD-R,
Internal ZIP on mounting rack, IStorm air conditioner; with still an
extra bay for DVD or whatever else we chose to throw in. Hard drive
installation went just as smooth, with room for 5 internal 3.5" devices.
We installed only two drives into the case, but attached individual
hard driver coolers from
3DCOOL to them.
As a server case, InWin expects you to have a lot of devices
so a powerful power supply was included, the AGI HP-300SN, 300-watt
power supply. The power supply provides ample amounts of power connectors
and didn't require me to use a single power splitter, with all the
devices in. This power supply is approved by AMD
for use on Athlon systems, and on the K7M, we saw no difficulties
from the power supply; even the voltage-eating Athlon processor
was appeased by it.
While the case itself does not come with any additional
fans besides the power supply, for around $15 you can pick
a 3" ball-bearing case fan to use. There are three spots that
hold these cases, and I recommend you use them all; otherwise
it is just wasted space, in my opinion. A spot above the power
supply, on next the processor and one in the front of the case to draw
air in can be used to keep the server case cool.
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