In Win 509 ROG Cer­ti­fied

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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.

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