The H Frame 2.0 from In Win made huge waves in the enthusiast PC gaming market. With its limited availability and insanely unique design, the H Frame 2.0 scored top points from the community as well as with us. Today we review the H Frame 2.0’s little brother, the D Frame 2.0 which embodies the spirit and strength of an off-road motorcycle.
- Open-Air Chassis
- 8 x PCI-E expansion slots
- Dimension(L x W x H): 8.27″ x 7.09″ x 3.78″ 25.5kg/56.1lbs
- Power Supply Compatibility: 1065W ATX12V and EPS12V
The D Frame 2.0 differs from the H Frame 2.0 in one very noticeable aspect – the size. The case still sells itself as a full ATX chassis thanks to the ample space within the confines of the steel cage. The first thought that came to mind when unboxing the chassis is that it is by far the heaviest chassis I’ve ever reviewed. And yet despite that fact, it would make for an absolutely fantastic LAN-ing case, thanks to its solid design and ability to be picked up easily.
Like its bigger brother, the D Frame 2.0 also features two gorgeous tempered glass side-panel windows with just a dab of tinting to reflect any harsh light. The side-panels are secured by In Win 30th anniversary commemorative thumbscrews which are very easy to remove. It has always been a worry in the back of my mind that I’d shatter the glass when dealing with cases like this. The glass panels on the D Frame were surprisingly thick, however, and I’d presume a small knock to the side of the chassis wouldn’t mean having to buy a new pane – that would be a pain.
As far as aesthetics in general go, In Win have kept to their unique styling and creates a chassis that would stand out at any LAN party. The D Frame is comprised of mostly a steel/aluminum “cage” which encases the important innards of the PC. In Win have opted to go with a black and gold color scheme and, I must say, it really does the case justice. The top part of the chassis is accented in the same gold that Iron Man uses for his suits, which we find very appealing.
The only lighting within the chassis comes from the custom 1065W modular PSU that is included with the chassis. The Power Supply is designed to look like it belongs on the inside of a motorcycle engine; finished with a sandblasted aluminum alloy fan grille and glass side panels (much like the PSU in the H Frame 2.0). Constructed using premium 105ºC Japanese aluminum electrolytic capacitors, a double EMI filter, a full bridge with LLC and a 165mm smart fan for silent operation, the PSU provides an efficiency of up to 92 percent. There are four, selectable power modes for internal modular ports, and a rear 3-Amp USB port for high-performance mobile charging. Its fully modular design with low-profile cables simplifies installation and focuses on the neatest, cleanest looking PC build.
The case is a full tower and supports graphics cards up to 415mm (without water or air cooling), CPU coolers up to 164 mm high, 360mm radiator on top, along with 90mm on front, and 65mm on bottom. As one might already assume, airflow is definitely not an issue with the open-chassis design. No need to include any technical air-flow charts and diagrams here – the D Frame is as exposed to the elements as a shark cage. You also have room for for up to 4 hard drives and multiple configurations for water cooling and drive placement.
Internally, the motherboard tray supports E-ATX, ATX and micro-ATX sizes. The front panel I/O consists of the latest USB 3.1 Type-C connector, three USB 3.0 ports and HD stereo audio jacks.
Our verdict on this very manly chassis? We like it. Quite a lot. It looks even better once it has been filled up with shiny hardware. However the overall weight of the chassis is a bit of an issue – and one that seems to plague most of In Win’s latest cases. Luckily the chassis is easy to handle and pick up thanks to the solid frame, however since most Gamers carry their teams and not 20-30KG cases, it’s simply not practical to cart around. We recommend leaving it at home and taking your gaming laptop to LANs instead but only after showing off the case’s gorgeous looks on all your social media channels of course 😉