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In Win D-Frame Mini Case Review – The Coolest Lanbox on The Block

Over the past few years In Win has established a reputation for making some of the most well built cases available. With entries such as the 904, the S-Frame and the original D-Frame, which like most In Win cases, was very well built! It had sharp lines and had craftsmanship that is unheard of from most other chassis manufacturers.

Today we have newest addition to In Win’s lineup the D-Frame Mini which is a smaller mini-ITX version of the original and lighter on your wallet. The D-Frame Mini is retailing at $290 at time of writing.

Can it measure up to its bigger brother? Lets find out!

PACKAGING, FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS 

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The D-Frame Mini was shipped in its retail product packaging and arrived in very good shape save for some dents on the box. The case however was unharmed due to the thick styrofoam padding. The box itself is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard that is glued. The measurements are 20″H x 12.5″L x 23″W and its also less than half the weight at 11.5 pounds as opposed to the original D-Frame at 25 pounds.

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The front and back of the box shows the case with a hero shot on a road and rugged terrain in the foreground. The name and company logo is in red and black with product information and feature list on the sides.

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The case is presented in a cloth bag similar to what high end enthusiast power supplies are packed in and held in place by thick polyethylene foam inserts. We like the packaging and all the precautions to the box is important considering the case has glass side panels.

And unlike the original D-Frame, this case comes fully assembled so the end user has very little they need to do in assembly.

EXTERIOR

The In Win D-Frame Mini is an open-air case that is constructed of welded aluminum pipe that is bent by hand with an aluminum motherboard back plate and smoked tempered glass side panels. The frame is powder coated in either Red, Black, or Orange.

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The Case has four rubber feet on each side so that it is able to sit any way that you would like it. The bottom of the case is home to a mounting bracket for either 2 120mm fans, radiators or a single 240mm Rad, although those comfortable with modding can probably get a 360mm Rad to fit by removing the fan bracket with two thumbscrews on both ends for simple removal and installation.

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The front of the case features a power and reset switch, the latter of which requires a ballpoint pen to push something that is understandable, but were not totally a fan of. It also features a Microphone and headphone jacks as well as two USB 3.0 ports and a HDD indicator light. This is all pretty standard stuff, but In Win still finds a way to make it look premium.

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The top of the case comes with a very nice carry handle, and with a full system inside of it felt more than strong enough to support it which shouldn’t come as a surprise since it is a part of the chassis and welded together.

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The D-Frame Mini sports a dual slot video card bracket, and it fit our XFX AMD R9 290 quite well (11.61″ x 5.63″) and, as with this mini-ITX case, anything more would be a bit ridiculous.

Over the past few years In Win has established a reputation for making some of the most well built cases available. With entries such as the 904, the S-Frame and the original D-Frame, which like most In Win cases, was very well built! It had sharp lines and had craftsmanship that is unheard of from most other chassis manufacturers. Today we have newest addition to In Win's lineup the D-Frame Mini which is a smaller mini-ITX version of the original and lighter on your wallet. The D-Frame Mini is retailing at $290 at time of writing. Can it measure up…

Review Overview

Build Quality
Ease of Assembly
Price
Aesthetics
Cooling

Mini Beast!

The In Win D-Frame Mini Chassis is one of the most unique chassis' that we get the privilege to experience hands-on. Minus the price tag, you will be very happy with your purchase!

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  • Charlie Brown

    I have noticed that only negative reviews are people that can’t afford this or have never owned. This is the best case I have ever owned hands down. So solid the construction! Looks strong and unique. I have the red one so went red and black with parts. Msi 980 gtx, pro ssd, 2 red cougar 120mm led fans surrounding the cooler master evo cooler. Temps are awesome max was 70c with the msi and no extra cooling just the cards own fans. The i5 processor always is cool max in the 40’s when gaming, otherwise in 30’s for surfing etc. Dust is not an issue in fact this collects less dust then any case I have ever owned. When I do dust it just unplug it and dust it as no panels to remove, so nice to just glance at it and see my video card, and other parts. This case does not slide on my desk and also you can place it in 4 positions but my favorite is standing up as then it takes up no more space then a shoe box mini itx. Only wish it came in Blue or Green, only negative! I use to always want a new case the next best thing, this has ended with this case. Now if only I can find the perfect phone and car lol some of you know what I am talking about but as far as this case I feel its superior to all others including case labs mini itx, anything from Falcon, Digital Storm, In wins other designs, Silverstone and Lian Li I have checked them all out, The Prodigy I give a 3 on a 1-10 remember the weeble wobbles?

    • Alex Stevens

      Nice to see someone understands where this case belongs in the market. Enjoy your system!

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