In Win 509 ROG Certified
SUPPLIER www.box.co.uk / MODEL NUMBER CC-9011098-WW
In Win appears to be in the process of retiring some of its older cases and introducing new ones, and sadly the 904, which we wanted to include, is now at the end of its shelf life. However, the company was able to send us its 509, and for some added pizzazz, it’s the ROG certified edition. The ROG certification nets you some snazzy red details inside the chassis for an extra £13, which definitely help to liven up the interior compared with the standard version we reviewed a while back.
The first fact to state is that the 509 doesn’t include any fans. It’s a chassis that assumes you’ll be adding your own fans or watercooling system, rather than being happy with the low-end fans that are usually included with cases. It’s a justified argument given its price, but it means you’ll need to factor in the cost of fans whether you’re using air or water cooling. There’s also no fan hub, unlike some of the other cases on test.
The 509 is well built, and its flexible interior is great, with room for up to five hard disks and four SSDs, all in dedicated trays spread around the inside. It’s also one of only two cases on test to offer an external 5.25in bay, although all the bays require screws to fit drives.
The cooling arrangement is one of the most potent on test too, with room up front for a trio of 120mm fans or a pair of 140mm fans, and enough room for a full-height radiator too.
Interestingly, there are fan mounts built into the vertical drive bays on the far side of the case as well, so you can mount up to a triple 120mm-fan radiator that exhausts out the side through a perforated vent. The benefit here is that illuminated fans could be visible through the glass side panel.
A removable glass panel also covers the front, with gaps at the side to allow air into the case, passing through a dust filter. Due to its size, the case is also happy to accommodate an E-ATX motherboard, so if you’re patiently waiting for Asus’ Rampage VI Extreme then add the 509 to your shortlist. Meanwhile, cable routing is reasonable, but fairly basic – with an exposed PSU and a slim gap behind the motherboard tray, you’ll need to pay close attention to cable tidying to avoid building a messy PC.
Without any fans, the 509 struggled to cool our hardware, which isn’t surprising, but when we added two of our own 120mm fans, it matched the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Edition’s CPU delta T of 58°C and GPU delta T of 53°C. Basically, the 509 at least has potential as an air-cooled case, even if you need to add your own fans.
The 509’s lack of fans might be disappointing, but In Win’s stance makes sense. If we were building a premium rig, we’d use our own fans too, and ditch any included fans, especially for water cooling. Ultimately, though, the lack of features also contributes to the In Win’s comparatively low score, with other cases offering better cable routing, PSU shrouds, fan hubs and tool-free drive installation. The 509 is a great-looking case, but you can also get more for your money elsewhere.