Saturday, August 31st 2013

Brace for Cylons, In Win Tòu Inbound

Initially displayed at Computex this year, In Win's latest marvel bares the name Tòu, which in Mandarin Chinese stands for transparency, or the phenomenon of light passing through a non opaque medium. A concept which In Win's designers managed to beautifully and successfully evoke with their latest creation. The Tòu employs two distinct and interestingly married materials in its construction. The case panels are made of tough, 3mm thick tempered glass, which achieves mirror like properties after receiving a special, transparent coating. While the frame is made of 2-4mm think aluminium, which is manufactured through a labor intensive process known as Sand Casting, which employs sand molds to produce the intricate shapes displayed by this design.

The Tòu is a full tower chassis, with seven PCI slots, supporting ATX motherboards and smaller form factors (mATX & mITX). It can accommodate four 120mm fans, one frontal intake and three top exhaust fans, where there is also sufficient space for a large 360mm radiator. Aside from the On/Off function, the touch controlled front panel also allows the used to cycle through the integrated fan controller speed steps and to adjust the lighting level inside the case. When the system is turned Off and no lights are On inside the case, the Tòu becomes completely opaque and all the panels become highly reflective, mirrors essentially. But when the system is On and so are the lights inside the case, the panels become transparent and the internals visible, an uncomplicated yet striking visual effect.

General speciications:
  • Metal Structure: 2~4mm Aluminum
  • Case Panels: 3mm Tempered Glass
  • External Drive Bay: 5.25 " x 1
  • Internal Drive Bay: 2.5" x2 and 3.5" x 3
  • M/B Form Factor: ATX and smaller
  • Power Supply: ATX 12V, PSII Size (Up to 220mm)
  • I/O Port: USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio
  • I/O Expansion Slot: PCI-E/PCI/AGP Slot x 7
  • Graphic Card Size: Up to 380mm
  • Thermal Solution: 120mm Top Fan x 3 and 120mm Front Fan x 1
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