InWin B2 Stealth Bomber Review

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InWin B2 Stealth Bomber

Cases are a largely underrated component when it comes to building a case; after all they’re only a box to fit everything inside right? Definitely not, in fact PC enclosures have a huge role to play in not only keeping the internal components safe and well-protected but also in cooling and aesthetics. Especially with a world where everything has to look perfect; today we have a case with a unique design and style based on a stealth bomber. Introducing InWin’s B2 Stealth Bomber…

Company Information – InWin

IN-WIN Development Inc., an ISO 9001 manufacturer of professional computer chassis, power supplies and digital storage devices, is the leading provider of enclosure solutions to system integrators worldwide. Founded in 1986, IN-WIN provides high quality chassis that conform to all safety regulations, as well as unsurpassed customer service.

Features

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Specifications

InWin B2 Stealth Bomber Case Review

Contents & Packaging

The packaging for the B2 is very intriguing and pictures the case with the motorised front open alongside an image of a plane with the cockpit elevated – showing the similarities between case and bomber. The yellow/orange background works well making it look like a sunset. Finally, there are a few logos displayed too, for example the Xtreme Series at the top.

 

The back focuses on the internals with an image of the B2 with the side panel removed. A row of features is placed at the bottom. A few choice features are also emphasised like the auto-sensing door and turbo cooling system.

 

Finally, the side has 6 close-ups of different parts of the cases with brief explanations below.

 

The box is certainly well designed and InWin has clearly bought in to the idea of making everything look great – even the packaging – works for me!

Oddly for a case, there are relatively few accessories although this may in part be due to the fact that all the rails are contained inside the case. There a few accompanying the main case though:

  • PCI slot fillers
  • Assorted Screws
  • 3-pin to 4-pin (molex) adapter
  • Manual

 

The Product – InWin B2 Stealth Bomber

Externals

Two parts of the design are immediately distinctive: the side and front panels. Instead of being flat, it has a curve with a bulge at the top and the side panel sticks out giving the appearance of a B2 Stealth Bomber.

The case itself is a little shorter than most full ATX cases but is roughly the same length wise; the colour is a dark silver/grey with the detail done in lighter silver.

 

Let’s start with the front which has a feature very unique to the B2, the top part of case actually lifts off by touching the red button on the front (touch sensitive) which again adds to the Stealth Bomber style.

 

I thought this feature would just be a gimmick that wouldn’t have been that well implemented at all; I was wrong. The panel opens up pretty quickly and helps hide all the drive bays behind it, despite being a little noisy.

 

With the front fully open, the eternal drive bays are visible: 4 x 5.25” and 4 x 3.5”, each of which has a removable slot to allow drives to be installed.

The power and reset buttons are visible at all times on the front: a large black triangular button is used for the power with the HDD LED and reset buttons the same shape as the ‘door open’ button on the opposite side.

 

Moving on to the side panel, it is again extremely well styled and looks very much like the wing of a B2 Stealth Bomber. This does not only look good though, it also acts as a vent allowing air to transfer in and out of the case.

 

The side panels are held on using black clips at the back which make is very easy to take them on and off but they also keep them very securely attached.

 

The ports are located under a small flap on the side on the front panel; I’m not quite sure about the location, but they are pretty accessible in all fairness. There are:

  • 2 x eSATA
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Firewire
  • 1 x Headphone Jack
  • 1 x Microphone Jack

The eSATA ports are a good inclusion as they allow for much greater transfer speeds from external hard drive devices without having to install an additional eSATA connection to the back of the case.

 

Another point about the motorised front is evident here above the ports; there is a ‘Rescue’ switch which swaps between automatic and manual settings.

The opposite side panel is very plain and doesn’t really have anything of note to mention.

 

The final external panel brings us to the back; it is pretty generic to any full ATX case and features 7 PCI Slots, motherboard back plate, 2 grommet-filled holes for water-cooling purposes and room for a top-mounted PSU. There is also a brightly coloured 120mm fan.

 

Internals

Removing the side panel using the clips, reveals the main internal chamber and the most notable thing which immediately draws your attention is the Turbo Cooling System. This consists of two 80mm fluorescent yellow fans in combination which cools the PCI devices in particular.

 

The cooling system can be folded down using the sliding clip and even removed if the user doesn’t wish to use it by undoing the screws at the bottom. The fans both use 4-pin (molex) connections and can be easily taken out for cleaning purposes.

 

At the back of the main chamber are the 7 PCI slots which use the locking mechanism which clips the PCI devices into position without requiring any screws. The 120mm fan is also very easy to remove/install as it just clips into position and so cleaning is a very easy process once again as well as being completely tool-less.

If you wish to remove this fan and add a different one though, there are still holes to attach it using either screws or rubber anti-vibration mounts.

 

The hard drive cage is situated under the external drive bays and can hold up to four HDDs each of which are installed using rails. The 120mm fan in front of the hard drive cage can be removed by swivelling the whole cage.

Doing this reveals the fan which has a black dust filter which is good to see with this being an intake fan.

 

All of the drives are installed using the rubber drive rails all of which are stored in a 5.25” drive bay (it can be removed from the front). The fact that each of the rails has been crafted from rubber means that it not only reduces the transferring of vibrations but also is supposed to prolong the lives of the drives.

 

The other side of the case is very plain and doesn’t really have any features except from the cables from the front panel being fed through here including the molex connector to power the front door.

 

The whole of the front panel can be removed too revealing the front of the drive bays.

 

Finally, the side panel has two dust filters to stop dust and debris from getting into the case. An extraction tube can be put on each of the filters to aid specific airflow to a specific component. However, with most CPU coolers, there simply isn’t enough room for it.

Installation

The Test Setup:

Processor Intel C2Q Q9450 Quad Core @ 2.80GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte S-Series GA-73PVM-S2H
Graphics Card XFX 8600GT
Memory Corsair XMS2 PC6400 (2x 1GB)
Hard Drive Hitachi HDT7250 (250GB)
Power Supply NOX Apex 700W
OS Windows XP Pro 32bit

I chose to start with the drives installation as generally the other components are roughly the same for each case. Firstly the correct rails need to be attached to each of the drives.

 

Then the drives simply slot into their allotted bay – not really any explanation needed because it’s that simple.

 

The rest of the installation is just as simple and involves screwing everything into place. The GPU installation was a little different using the clips that clamp the card into place; this has been very well-designed and is certainly preferable to using screws.

Note that for some top-down format coolers, the back 120mm fan has to be removed as otherwise the cooler won’t fit it. I used both the Xigmatek Cobra and Noctua NH-C12P and neither fitted with it in place but a different 120mm can be installed if this is a problem for the user.

 

Testing

Methodology

Cases are interesting pieces of hardware to test as they contain all the hardware. Thus their main job is protecting all the components inside along with a little cooling of course.

Therefore, to test cases here at Verdis Reviews we test a wide range of factors to ensure they are fully put to the test. These include: strength, cooling, cable management, ease of installation, noise and cost.

The strength test consists of using all of my weight on top of the case to see if it buckles in any way as well as looking at the materials used to decide how well it can withstand pressure.

In terms of noise, Verdis Reviews is not at the stage where it can afford expensive equipment, like any sort of noise measuring equipment, and so this aspect will be left to the trusty human ear.

The other factors are simply tested at the reviewer’s discretion and down to their personal experiences.

Results

StrengthOverall the case is very strong and should be able to withstand a lot of pressure and strain in order to protect the internals. The only part which is a little weak is the motorised front panel, just by pushing it a bit, it moves quite easily and when it’s open, it is even more prone to getting damaged. Thus I would recommend only opening it when necessary and keeping it closed most of the time.

CoolingCooling is, on the whole, well catered for in this particular case with the dual 80mm cooling system providing great cooling potential for the PCI devices namely graphics cards. The back mounted 120mm does offer some system airflow but I would have liked to see perhaps one more fan at the top of the case to provide a little more. The 120mm fan on the hard drive cage is very good though at keeping this component cool.

NoiseUnfortunately, the dual 80mm fans do churn out a fair bit of noise and live up to the reputation that 80mm fans have acquired of being pretty whiney. The 120mm fans aren’t bad though but overall noise is a little above average for this case, I would say.

Cable ManagementThis is one part of the case that really lets is down: to be honest there hasn’t been much implemented to help the user keep all the wiring tidy. Even some pretty easy and simple things to do haven’t been done – for example included some cable ties or allowing the PSU cables to fed through to the other side of the case and then back through some gaps in the divider. Effectively, I would just like to see some sort of attempt to aid this factor.

Ease of InstallationInstallation for me was very easy indeed and I am a big fan of the drive rails – they are just so easy to use and they don’t fall off all the time which can be very annoying. The fact they are constructed from rubber is another bonus as it not only stops some vibrations getting transferred to the chassis but is also supposed to prolong the life of the drives.The PCI Slot installation is great too and the card just snaps into place completing the tool-less installation.

CostThe cases sell at $114.99 which at first glance seems pretty expensive but after considering the special features (for example the motorised front and cooling system) it’s not bad really compared to other case prices.

Conclusion

The InWin B2 Stealth Bomber is clearly a very unique case that is mainly down to the very interesting visuals. I personally think they are very sleek and attractive; however this is personal opinion and I have to say that I’m not sure this look will appeal to everyone.

In terms of the design, some very impressive parts have been implemented. The motorised front is more than a gimmick and will provide something extra for a user looking for a case that is a little different. The ease of installation too is first rate and really easy to do – probably the best I’ve seen.

On the down side, cable management seems to have been completely forgotten which is a shame but apart from this there’s not really any flaws.

To sum it up, the InWin B2 Stealth Bomber is a really awesome case that’s definitely worth a good look.

Pros

  • Stealth Bomber looks
  • Good cooling potential
  • Very easy installation
  • Motorised front door

Cons

  • A bit too noisy
  • Poor cable management
  • Looks not to everyone’s liking

80

Thanks go to InWin for providing the case for review.

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