Just because I got one of them Best graphics card For more than a year, it has been almost impossible at a reasonable price, but this does not mean that you have no other game options on your PC. As long as you have an integrated graphics card to display the company’s Glow X software, In Win’s updated 309 Gaming Edition allows you to play blocky, retro-style games on the front of the 144-pixel housing.
Although on such a low-resolution screen, the game function is more like a novelty, rather than providing a fascinating long-term gaming experience.This case is an update of the original 309 we built Disco pixel It was completed last year.
This updated model includes a SNES-like infrared controller (pictured above), allowing you to play some games and change the front panel animation without always jumping into the software. The company has also upgraded the cooling system of the 309 Gaming Edition, at least aesthetically, including the company’s four transparent ring Saturn RGB fans. Compared with the previous 309, this is a major visual change. The fan attached to the 309 has only a slender RGB light ring on the edge. For front panel animations from the company (rather than animations you made yourself), the lighting of the fan is well synchronized with what is happening on the front of the chassis.
Having a case on which you can play games is of course a new concept, and may keep you busy for a few minutes during those unstable Internet outages. But this is not to say that the 8 x 18 pixel matrix will provide fascinating game content. However, it does (due to the ability to use more frames than previous models to create your own animations) helps to make the 309 Gaming Edition more attractive. Please note that although this is a fairly large mid-tower with plenty of room for powerful components and ample four built-in fans, the enclosed front, top, and one (glass) sides mean that the airflow potential is far from ideal. The In Win 309 Gaming Edition is a beautiful (and interesting) showcase for your build, but it is the epitome of the aesthetics of the casing over airflow.
InWin 309 Gaming Edition Specifications
|Types of||Mid-Tower ATX|
|Motherboard support||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (12 x 13 inches)|
|Dimensions (height x width x depth)||21.8 x 9.4 x 19.7 inches (553 x 238 x 500 mm)|
|Maximum GPU length||13.78 inches (350 mm)|
|CPU heat sink height||6.3 inches (160 mm)|
|Maximum power length||7.87 inches (200 mm)|
|Internal bracket||2x 3.5 inches/2.5 inches, 2x 2.5 inches|
|Expansion slot||7 times|
|Front input/output||1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, 3.5 mm audio, microphone jack|
|Top fans||3x 120 mm|
|Rear fan||1x 120mm|
|Front fan||not any|
|Bottom fan||not any|
|RGB||Yes, the front panel and four fans|
|Warranty||2 years limited|
As mentioned above, the 309 game version is actually the same as the 309 we used. Debut at Computex 2019The company stated that its target price for the 309 game version is approximately $250. For a case, this is quite expensive, but of course, you have to pay a lot for the pixelated lighting on the front and three visually complex fans. Until recently, there was an original 309 version without a fan, priced at $199. If you have fans, you want to inherit from the previous version, and are not interested in the idea of playing games on your case, then this may be a better choice-if you can find it in stock.
Rather than focusing on the internal structure of the chassis, except for fans, which are the same as the previous models, we will look at the changes brought about by this chassis update. Except for the metal 309 gaming badge on the top front of the case (if you have the case in front of it, it’s strangely upside-down), these changes are basically an update to the front of the pixel coverage (to make room for the IR remote control sensor), turning to the front The colored Saturn RGB fan mentioned, as well as the updated company’s Glow X software, is used to control and edit the content displayed on the front panel. First, let us study cooling.
Cooling In Win 309
It is undeniable that since the front and top are completely enclosed with any air inlets, the cooling will not be completely ideal. However, the bottom of the case uses a metal honeycomb design with large holes to allow cold air to enter. The plastic feet lift the box about an inch off the ground.
The 309 gaming version is equipped with the company’s four Saturn 120mm addressable RGB fans, which are pre-installed in the exhaust position, one at the rear and three at the top, facing the rear area where the PSU and cables are located. This can be said to look the best, but it may not be suitable for cooling because one of the three fans will be located directly in front of the power supply. The steel side on the right side of the enclosure near the top has at least vents to allow hot air to escape from the PSU room.
If you are concerned about heat, it is best to move a top fan to the bottom for air intake, or install an additional fan at the bottom to promote cold air into the case. There is also room for three 120mm fans at the bottom where you can install a slim 360mm radiator, although it would be wiser to place it on top of the pre-installed Saturn fan. But again, one-third of the radiator ventilation will be blocked by the power supply.
So if you put cooling first (View the best CPU coolers), this is not the right case for you. The 309 Gaming Edition is first of all a display case. Its large glass side panels can display your parts well, and the Saturn fan will make your clean structure shine. But that front panel RGB 144 pixel grid is undoubtedly the main selling point of this case.
Front panel pixels on In Win 309
Compared with the previous model, Win calls the gaming version’s 144-RGB pixel front panel “enhanced”. But the only real change I saw was a small cut-out circle in the center, about two-thirds of the case, for the infrared sensor of the case remote/game controller. Unless you look for it, it’s hardly noticeable, and the bright and vivid pixels are as eye-catching as ever.
In other words, although the panel is more versatile than before, allowing you to play some games and create more complex animations (we will cover the latter later in the software section), the “gaming” experience on the front panel is far from top-notch. First, although The controller feels good, but you must be directly in front of the front infrared sensor of the case for it to work reliably. Even after standing in front of it and playing for a few minutes, I missed the input because my arm moved around or my wrist turned, taking the controller out of the “line of sight” of the sensor.
Secondly, as you might expect, the possible game levels on the 8×18 grid are not very complicated. Brocks, This Tetris When you point the controller at the front panel, the included clone plays very well. But, of course, there is no sound, and there is no room for any screen UI, so the experience is very rare. However, the thrill of playing four lines of “Tetris” on the front of the PC case is still very interesting in a short period of time.
Two other games are also included: Magi Jump is a platform game with a chicken as the protagonist, and 309 Racing is a car game. But in fact, these two titles are equivalent to moving simple rectangles to avoid or fall on other rectangles.
Honestly, I might play Brocks Occasionally when I have 5-10 minutes to kill. But in most cases, I may use the front panel to display the time or rotate some eye-catching animated patterns. The remote control does allow you to switch between modes and adjust the brightness (all the way down to off), which is also very helpful. But the three buttons on the front of the housing can accomplish the same operation without a pair of AAA batteries that power the controller.
Glow X software on In Win 309
You can cycle through the pre-loaded animations and patterns on the front panel of the 309 using the buttons or controller on the shell, but if you want to create your own animation or download and install other animations, you need to install and run Win’s Glow X software. It is an updated and redesigned version of the Glow 2 software we used in the previous In Win 309 case.
Here, you can jump into any of the three games, or choose one of the eight animated “light effects”. Some of these presets have changed. For example, Crazy Animals allows you to choose to show a giraffe eating the leaves of a tree or a bird that landed on the ground, and then walk around.
If you are expecting a typical avant-garde game animation here, you must design your own animation.The company does provide a forum where you can Upload and share your own work, But so far, there are still animal-related content from In Win. The goose animation in our main picture comes from the company’s forum page.
Speaking of creating your own images or animations for the front panel of In Win 309 Gaming Edition, this is done through the “Create” section of the Glow X software.
You can now create animations of up to 40 frames, and the interface is quite intuitive, just like the thick version of MS Paint. If you are a creative type, there are many possibilities here, although the 144-pixel grid is still quite limited in terms of discernible details. Please note that moving animations from the PC to the monitor’s built-in ROM to display them is a very slow process. When we uploaded the goose animation, it took a few minutes. So it takes some patience to swap out the case animation.
It is an interesting idea to add the function of playing games on the front of the In Win 309 case. We like the company to add more colorful Saturn fans to the In Win 309 game version. Even if the resolution of the pixel display is very limited, it brings a new meaning to the term “game box”.
I think no one should choose 309 Gaming Edition specifically because of its gaming capabilities.Because these capabilities are limited at best, even if Brocks A few minutes is fun. However, if you like the look of the In Win 309 pixelated front and want a case to show your build and some simple animations, then this is undoubtedly a unique choice. Remember, airflow is not a strong point in this situation.If you want to build a high-performance system with components while keeping it cool, please check out our The best computer case Page to learn more about airflow.If you really like the idea of customizable pixel display, there is always Divoom pixel maximum.