Description

Hello,

Here we have my first PCPP completed build. I saw this case and fell in love with it. I am someone of minimal taste. I actually don't care too much for RBG which is why I went with a clean look. I am slowly building this into my own touch. This build is not "perfect" though and I learned a few things since building it. For once I made the mistake of going with the H60 AIO. Now, the mistake is not the cooling performance. Frankly, it really keeps my 2700x at 65c max at any stress point. The thing is with it mounted in the back fan slot, There are very little ways of exhausting hot air. I tried having the side fan as an exhaust, but it doesn't really work well particularly because of then fans I bought. I also realized the fans I bought are not the best fans for this build. I will be replacing them with Noctua - NF-A12x25 120mm fans.

The biggest issue with this build is the PSU hands down. It is absolutely terrible! Cannot handle any load at all. I will be replacing it with the Silverstone - 700 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply and custom cables from Cablemod. I also saw that with the PSU replaced you can get enough space for a bigger cooler so I plan on getting the Dark Rock pro 4 as well. Still, I love this case. If you have any questions regarding the Inwin A1 let me know. :D

Part Reviews

CPU

CPU is amazing. I didn't use the Wraith cooler, but it's really nice and well built.

CPU Cooler

Handles well and keeps CPU cool. Only gripe is that I can't control the speed of the pump. It's all automatic unlike the h100i v2 I had before. Installation was pretty easy and with the case closed I don't hear the pump. During idle it's very quiet.

Motherboard

Great MOBO. It has 3 fan connectors, but one is for the AIO pump. Recommend buying fan splitter. Bought fan Splitter to connect my fans under one header. Everything works well and I was able to OC RAM to 3200mhz no problem.

Case

Honestly aesthetically it's remarkable and unmatched. Prior to this case, I had a Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX glass and it was beautiful but too big for my liking. I turned to this little guy after some research. Airflow is alright in this case if you set it up right. My setup is one fan intaking from the side, one fan at the bottom right (though I will be adding another). My back slot is taken by AIO for now. So far the temps are good. I was worried about the PSU, but so far no problems with it at stock. That being said the PSU is really garbage for OC. Building in it is a challenge specifically because of cable routing. You cannot connect something in random order. It has to be precise. Also, the PSU cables while custom-made, are still quite stiff. it takes some maneuvering to hide them since there's little space for cable management. Still, I made it work. Chi charger doesn't quick charge, but sitting for an hour it charges my phone decently. Case is great but with flaws.

Case Fan

UPDATE Great fans with amazing build quality. These are good case fans if there's good ventilation. However, not good for AIO or in restricted airspace. No static Pressure. Also a bit noticeable once they get up in RPMs around 9000rpms

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! Looks great! Have a question for you & hoping you could me help out. Usually manufacturers go down a couple mm when they put up their "cpu heatsink compatibility max".

Many manufacturers like Fractal Design do this as I currently have the fractal nano s in which fractal says "162mm" max & I have my 165mm tall Noctua D15 + 1mm black accessory kit on it = 166mm tall in there perfect.

For this case Inwin says 160mm cpu heatsink is max. I'm wondering if the new "bequiet dark rock pro 4" at 163mm tall can fit.

You mind measuring what the max possible cpu height, width & length can fit in this case? The Bequiet dark rock pro 4 is LxWxH [145.7mm x 136mm x 162.8mm].

Thanks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

So I know for certain the Dark Pro 4 will not fit. The length will be hindered by the PSU that's pre-installed. However, I know the Dark Rock 4 does fit perfectly. I've seen it installed before on another build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build mate, just about to build mine however I am not sure between using the side fan (under the psu) as exhaust or intake. I plan on running dual intakes at the bottom and was thinking of using the side and rear as exhaust. Do you think it will work also? Not just for aesthetics (rgb fan) but also because the psu exhaust from the rear and dont want it to suck in the hot air from that.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, the best airflow configuration for A1 based on gamersnexus review turned out to be a side intake and a single bottom intake under the gpu (closer to the pci brakets where the actual gpu is if we’re using dual/triple fan card). And a rear exhaust of course. Gives best cpu and gpu performance.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah this basically sums it up. However, I have my bottom intake fan below the PSU to mitigate the hot air being blown out. I do not know if moving it up makes any changes, but worth a try.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah from my experience the side is the best for I taking. The case has low clearance at the bottom. They don't get as much air as one would think. The intake on the side provides most airflow and one fan is usually good at the bottom. You could do two though. I run one fan and honestly, the PSU doesn't exhaust as much hot air as I expected.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you know the measurements of the side glass panel? Also how tall are the "black bars" on the tempered glass ?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.The black bars I'd say are like an inch or slightly less. they aren't very big. Honestly to me they fit nicely. The side panel is around 9 inches high and 11inches long.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you tell me your bios settings for the OC? I have the same Mobo and cpu. I replace stock fan with Noctua. I would like 4.1 24/7 oc.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Been able to do4.2ghz stable on 1.35 volts, but I don't keep it at 4.2

Settings are as follow: OC Tuner - Manual //
eCLK - Synch Mode // BCLK Freq: 100 // Performance Enhancer: Default //

CPU Core ratio: I leave i at 41.50, but i can do 42.00 also. idk Just do it for the sake of a little less heat since my case is small.

Performance Bias: None // Memory Freq: 3200mhz // Performance Boost: Disabled // CPU voltage: 1.35 // DRAM voltage: 1.36 //

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you. I will try this out later today. My build has finally been completed and I am using Noctua fans. By the way do you have an issue with the boot time with this motherboard?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really. I mean I had another Asus MOBO z270e where booting from shut down it takes like 5 seconds to show the ROG logo, but after that it's another 2 seconds into my Lock screen. This MOBO does the same. I assume it's just the splash screen. From sleep it boots up instantly.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Because i stay on black screen for 20 seconds, then the logo appears twice and then on to desktop. So total of 45 seconds estimate to get to lock screen. I’m starting to wonder if it’s my ram or maybe I didn’t install windows through uefi (which I think I did normally).

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

More specifically the post boot. The moment I power on my PC it takes 20 seconds on black screen before the actual boot logo appears and then hen the real boot timing start. Do you Have the same issue as well?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

No not to that degree. For me it takes between 5-10 secs from when I click the power button before the Boot Logo appears. from there on it appears once and then it's like 3-5 secs to when I get to the lock screen. I'm sure it would be the same to the desktop without the password I got.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

So quick thing. If your ram is 3200mhz I'd bring the voltage down to 1.2 Anything higher you can do 1.3 and keep increasing the third number until it's stable.