In Win announces 503 mid-tower chassis
April 15, 2015 | 19:47
In Win has today revealed a new budget mid-tower ATX case offering, the 503.
The new chassis is available in two colour schemes; black and red (supplied with a single red LED 120mm fan), or white and black (white LED fan). Both versions have a matt black paint job on the inside, hopefully of high quality since most of your system's internals will be visible through the large, tinted window on the left side panel.
The 503 is made mostly from 0.6mm SECC steel with plastic throughout kept to a minimum it seems. It also has a rather unique section on the front panel made from tempered glass, not something we've seen in the budget market before. This section can be slid downwards to expose a single 5.25in optical drive bay. The front I/O panel, meanwhile, which consists of dual USB 2 connectors, one USB 3 and the usual audio minijacks, is permanently accessible.
We initially thought the 503 has just the one 5.25in bay, but it actually has three – the other two are not externally accessible. This is not something you see often, and their use will likely be limited to adding more storage via bay adaptors; the 503 is not designed for water-coolers, so reservoirs won't be housed there. There are also four internal 3.5in/2.5in drive bays that support SATA EZ Swap modules, as well as two dedicated 2.5in mounts. Tool-free installation is supported for the external 5.25in bay and for 3.5in drives.
While it's only the rear 120mm LED fan that's supplied, there are also two front 120mm intake mounts and a bottom 120mm mount. Vents at the front are exposed when the sliding panel is up, and there's a dust filter for the bottom of the chassis too.
There are seven expansion slots, and also plenty of clearance for hardware: 408mm for GPUs in the top slots of your motherboard, 170mm for CPU coolers and 220mm for PSUs (170mm if you use the bottom fan mount). Finally, there's up to 27mm of room for cable management thanks to the extruded right side panel, as well as a number of routing holes and hooks.
The MSRP is $49, which works out to around £40 with VAT included, so a £40-£50 retail price here is reasonable. In other words, In Win is pricing the 503 very aggressively, especially considering the materials used. Global availability is expected at the end of April or early May.