In Win 805i Infinity Critical Case Review

By Published December 31, 2016 at 11:33 am
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The RGB illumination of the 805 Infinity first mounted its pedestal at CES 2016, where we showed that the then-prototype case would be adorned with an ‘infinity mirror’ effect for the front panel. The case didn’t even have a name, and In Win asked us to pass along the message to our readers and viewers that they needed to see interest to make the product a reality.

There was interest – a lot of it, actually. The 805 Infinity was eventually introduced to the production line (which we toured), and is now available for a staggering $250. The enclosure is based on the normal In Win 805, a case which vacillates between $150 and $200, depending on how retailers feel that day, but exchanges the front panel for the LEDs.

The In Win 805 is available in four options: Black, for $180, or about $150 after rebates and discounts; gold, which has a gold strip on the front and is priced the same; red, again the same, but with a red strip; and Infinity, which is a name that I actually came up with at CES – to be fair, it’s also not all that unique.

 

The 805i lands at $250. That’s anywhere from a $70 to $100 price difference, depending, and it’s for fewer features internally.

With that $250, you get the same case with LEDs, but with restricted fan support. The mesh front intake is replaced with a solid panel housing the RGB LED strip. The strip uses adhesive to stick around the inner wall of the half-inch thick shell, and is flanked on either side by mirrored surfaces. There is no possibility for front intake, as this infinity effect requires the entire front panel.

In Win 805i Cable Management

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Its cables route internally and connect to an LED hub, which In Win dubs the “Halo” module, and that hub splits into SATA power, USB2.0 for control, and another LED cable for optional strips.

And this leads us to the cabling internally. First off, In Win provides this additional RGB LED strip with their enclosure, but doesn’t do much to help you out with it. The cable can be split off from the Halo controller, but because it’s 67 inches long – just over 5 feet – it’s sort of difficult to hide the excess wiring. It’s also impossible to mount to the case without looking awful, since you’re basically forced to run the thing along the perimeter of the inside, thereby routing it directly over the singular fan in the case.

Besides, once the user is more or less forced to install the LED strip in a single location, it does sort of make us wonder why In Win didn’t just pre-apply the strip. Adhesive is obnoxious to work with, especially at that length.

Cabling is problematic for many reasons. The cable management pass-throughs alone are poorly thought-out, often too large for their own good. The only reason you want a large cut-out is to fit big bundles of cables through the case wall. There is one place this happens: Near the PSU, because that’s where the cables originate. Maybe you run two total, but more than that is excessive, and begins to eat into the case’s ability to hide cables behind the wall.

There’s plainly no benefit from fist-sized cut-outs.

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In Win does go through the effort of providing cable clamps – something we’ve come to admire, this year – but again doesn’t bother to pre-apply them. Just like the LED strip, this almost seems misguided; the clamps can really only go in a few places, as the cut-outs restrict cabling to just two primary channels.

It’s difficult to hide cables in this case, and because In Win has decided to opt for glass paneling on either side, including the cabled side, that just leaves us scratching our heads. This is particularly confusing, because the 805 Infinity is yet another case in a line of tempered glass enclosures that uses the paneling on both sides. That exposes the undoubtedly poorly managed cables to the right-side, eliminating the entire point of the glass. If exposing a panel with glass, it’d better look good.

This isn’t aided by the fact that the In Win 805 forgoes the trendy PSU shroud in favor of an artsy, but clearly structural power supply half-cover-thing. This forces us to pool any unused cables all at the bottom of the case, alongside whatever slack from the SATA and MOLEX cables there may be. The bottom, coincidentally, is also our only source of outside air.

In Win 805i Airflow

And that’s not being hyperbolic, either. The top panel is walled shut, the front panel is clearly pre-occupied, there’s glass on either side panel, and there’s a single 120mm exhaust fan near the CPU socket. In Win has even decided to use completely flat expansion covers, limiting breathing near the GPU or SSDs.

This leaves us with one option for intake: The bottom. Although In Win says 2x 120mm fans can fit down there, the reality is that, at best, you’re only going to fit one. The first slot will be consumed by the PSU cabling for anything of normal size, like our Corsair RM650x, and the second slot is covered by the hard drive bays by default. You could relocate these cages to the radiator mount at the front of the case, if you pleased, but then you’d have no radiator.

Then again, losing that slot is irrelevant, because putting a radiator there is a bad idea. It can’t breathe. There’s about a 1-inch hole in the bottom front where the air could be pulled in, but that’s about it. The bottom half of the radiator will be adequately cooled, perhaps, but distribution of the air is not going to be even. In Win is even blocking the radiator with their artfully cut-out radiator fan holes, apparently not privy to the fact that the radiator sheds heat in more ways than direct airflow.

Keep in mind also that using this enclosure on carpet means you’re further limiting intake, and exposing yourself to dust accumulation in the future.

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As for the power supply fan, that’s not facing down – that’s internal, and is leveraged as part of the exhaust system for the computer. If you were planning to buy a power supply that can passively cool itself, forget it – this case won’t allow that, and the thing will be spinning all the time. And do not put a passively cooled PSU with no fan in here, either. Something like the DigiFanless will run hot as it soaks heat from the internal case ambient.

Let’s pause on the criticisms and demonstrate the issue with thermals, just for a moment.

Case Testing Methodology

We tested using our new Skylake case test bench, detailed in the table below. This particular configuration is brand new with the launch of the 570X & 270R. Results on this test platform cannot be compared to previous case benchmark results, as the platform has completely changed.

Conducting thermal tests requires careful measurement of temperatures in the surrounding environment. We control for ambient by constantly measuring temperatures with thermocouples and laser readers. We then produce charts using a Delta T(emperature) over Ambient value. This value subtracts the thermo-logged ambient value from the measured diode temperatures, producing a delta report of thermals. AIDA64 is used for logging thermals of silicon components, including the GPU diode.

All case fans are manually configured to their maximum throughput using BIOS, then we configure to an RPM closer to 1050 (where supported) for a universal "quiet" testing. If a fan controller is present, we opt-in and test on multiple settings. This forces testing of case fan performance in addition to the case's air channeling and airstream design. This also ensures minimal variance when testing, as automatically controlled fan speeds can reduce reliability of benchmarking. The CPU fan is set to 1100RPM (constant) for consistency, and the CPU is overclocked to 4.4GHz with a vCore of 1.272V (constant). C-States and power saving states are disabled.

  Component Courtesy Of Price
Video Card MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X (OC Mode) MSI $640
CPU Intel i7-6700K @ 4.4GHz GamersNexus $300
CPU Cooler MSI Core Frozr L MSI TBD
Motherboard MSI Z170A Gaming M7 MSI $180
Memory Corsair Vengeance LED 32GB 3200MHz Corsair $200
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 120GB Samsung N/A
PSU Corsair RM650x Corsair $100
Case This is what we're testing! - -

The video card is configured to run at 55% fan speed at all times.

Prior to load testing, we collect idle temperature results for ten minutes to determine the unloaded cooling performance of a case's fans and air channels. Thermal benchmarking is conducted for 1400 seconds (23 minutes), a period we've determined sufficient for achieving equilibrium. The over-time data is aggregated and will occasionally be compiled into charts, if interesting or relevant. The equilibrium performance is averaged to create the below charts.

Load testing is conducted using Prime95 LFFTs and Kombustor “FurMark” stress testing simultaneously. Testing is completely automated using in-house scripting, and executes with perfect accuracy on every run.

We recently validated our test methodology using a thermal chamber, finding our approach to be nearly perfectly accurate. Learn more here.

Continue to Page 2 for the In Win 805i temperature & noise benchmarks.


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