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InWin Dragon Slayer review

Tom Morgan
27 Apr 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
61
inc VAT

An inexpensive mini-tower with decent cooling options, but the Dragon Slayer doesn’t compare particularly well to other small cases.

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Despite the medieval name, Inwin’s Dragon Slayer has a rather industrial looking design, with plenty of wire mesh and grey plastic. Toxic yellow cooling fans stand out behind the front panel, which contains a very useful USB3 port as well as the usual audio jacks and two regular USB ports.

InWin Dragon Slayer

Because it’s a mini-tower, the Dragon Slayer only supports smaller micro-ATX motherboards, but there’s still enough room for a full-size graphics card. There are a limited number of drive bays, with only one 5.25in and one 3.5in bay being externally accessible. It’s possible to install either 3 1/2in or 5 1/4 in drives into the two internal bays at the bottom.

InWin Dragon Slayer side off

Inside the case are a jumbled collection of different sized fans. The front intake and roof-mounted fans are both 140mm models, a 92mm exhaust sits at the rear and a tiny 80mm fan cools the internal drive bays. The side panel protrudes slightly from the main body of the case, making room for a potential four 120mm cooling fans. This is an unprecedented level of cooling for such a small case, but this many fans would make the Dragon Slayer sound just like its namesake.

It isn’t the ideal case for anyone with lots of hard disks or optical drives, but with room for dual graphics cards there’s still scope for a very powerful PC. It costs much less than the Antec Mini P180, but ultimately the Dragon Slayer simply can’t match the P180's superb design and noise levels.

Details

Price£61
Rating***
Casemini tower

Ports

USB ports2
Total Firewire ports0
Total eSATA ports0
Headphone portyes
Microphone portyes

Physical

Size196x430x426mm
Weight5.4kg
Internal Drive bays 3 1/2in3
5.25in drive bays3
Fan mounts1x 80mm, 1x 92mm, 4x 120mm, 2x 140mm
Fans supplied1x 80mm, 1x 92mm, 2x 140mm

PSU

StandardN/A
FansN/A
Power supply wattageN/A
Motherboard connectorN/A

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£61
Supplierhttp://www.eclipse-computers.com
Detailswww.inwin-style.com

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