We don’t usually cover hardware news on Tech 4 Freelancers, but wow… Just… Wow. I’ve always been a lover of good-looking computer cases and the limited edition Tou 2.0 is something I would be proud of building a computer in.
The Tou 2.0 features an all-aluminium frame covered with translucent tempered glass that reveal the inner components. There are many cases out there with side windows, but the Tou takes it a step further by being essentially a glass case with some aluminium. The modern, aggressive looks of this case may not be for everyone, but compared to many other enthusiast-grade cases, the minimalist look is a refreshing change, at least for those who, like me, can’t stand tackier, more outlandish looks. The Tou 2.0 seems a case that’s meant to be seen, rather than tucked away under a desk.
Complementing the case is a LED lightning system that can be controlled through a touch interface on the top of the case. According to In-Win’s marketing materials, the user can adjust the brightness. It’s not clear if the LEDs are available in multiple colours, but the pictures we’ve been provided with seem to indicate that only a white-bluish hue is available.
In a somewhat uncommon move, In-Win decided to move the front panel from the top to the bottom of the unit, which greatly reduces its flexibility, since placing it under a desk is definitely out of the question. Besides the obvious power button and LED, reset button, and HDD activity LED, the Tou 2.0 sports three USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 3.1 Type-C. It should be noted that this is not a Thunderbolt 3 port (and to my knowledge there’s no motherboards with a Thunderbolt header in the first place), so you won’t be daisy-chaining multiple devices through this. Of course, all this cutting-edgeness (is this even a word that exists?) comes at the expense of not suiting pre-existing computer builds, so you’re not likely to be moving your old computer inside this enclosure.
In-Win’s claimed specifications are as follows:
|Case Type||Full Tower|
|Case Material||Aluminium, Tempered Glass|
|M/B Compatibility||12″ x 13″ E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX|
|Expansion Slots||PCI-E x 8|
|Maximum Compatibility||VGA Card Length:
– 345mm Maximum (With HDD Tray)
– 440mm Maximum (Without HDD Tray)
CPU Heatsink Height: 185mm (CPU Die Surface to Side Panel)
|Front Ports||3 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
|Internal Drive Bays||5 x 2.5″/3.5″|
|Thermal Solution Compatibility||3 x 120mm Front Fan / 360mm Radiator
3 x 120mm Top Fan / 360mm Radiator
– Front: 65mm Maximum Height including Fans
– Top: 65mm Maximum Height including Fans
|Power Supply Compatibility||SIV-1065W Internal PSU Included
ATX12V V2.4/ EPS12V V2.92
– Length up to 210mm
(H x W x D)
|595mm x 295mm x 672mm
23.5″ x 11.7″ x 26.5″
(H x W x D)
|812mm x 412mm x 800mm
32″ x 16.2″ x 31.5″
As expected, this case offers no 5.25″ slots, which means you’ll have to either go without an optical disk drive or use a USB model, but that’s to be expected with a case with such an unusual shape. One thing that I really can’t fathom is why they chose to go with these kinds of drive bays. Yes, they look good, and yes, single-SSD configurations are becoming more and more common by the day, but with motherboards usually offering 6 SATA ports, the choice of only including five 3.5″ bays is a bit surprising.
Another thing I’m not particularly keen on is the absence of a power supply shroud, which is usually meant for hiding cable clutter going from the PSU to the back of the motherboard when routing cables inside. The picture on the left perhaps explains it better than I possibly could: the cables on the bottom just don’t look all that good, in my opinion, and a shroud would have been a much appreciated addition.
The power supply unit
In-Win includes a specifically-designed power supply unit that offers a modular design (which allows you to choose not to plug every single cable in), LED lighting (apparently, only in yellow with static lighting, which in my opinion doesn’t suit the overall white theme of the case all that well) and a whopping 1065W of power, more than enough to power a high-end processor and two or three graphics card for resource-heavy workloads. In-Win claims that this power supply is capable of delivering up to 92% efficiency, which would make this an 80+ Platinum model, but their marketing material doesn’t mention 80+ certifications at all, which strikes me as a bit strange for a high-end PSU. When asked about this, In-Win claimed that it wouldn’t make sense for them to pursue an 80+ certification for a product made in small quantities. I don’t know if I buy that, since they could have offered the SIV-1065 as a separate purchase as well.
For such a high-end model, I really would’ve liked to see the inclusion of sleeved cables, but alas, they’re simply shrouded in black plastic, requiring the builder to acquire custom cables at an additional and steep cost.
Pricing and availability
We reached out to In-Win and they told us that the Tou 2.0 will retail for 2399€. Yes, you heard that right: two thousand and four hundred euro. But remember, you have two kidneys.