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GlacialTech Altair A380 Media Center PC Case
Author: Hellfire
Manufacturer: GlacialTech
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GlacialTech Altair A380 Media Center PC Case
December 31, 2007

GlacialTech is not exactly a common name when it comes to computer components, and when I agreed to review one of their new products it was actually the first time I had ever heard of them. They are a fairly young company (founded in 2001), and they hold many patents focused on different aspects of cooling computer components. Their product lineup includes server and media center cases, coolers for Intel and AMD processors, DC fans, and many power supplies marketed under the name GlacialPower.


The Altair A380 Media Center PC Case is designed to look like a component in a home entertainment center, and not like a typical computer. This review will cover the black version, and with the option of also choosing silver, there shouldn't be a home theater system out there that this case wouldn't look right at home in. Before taking a look at the Altair A380 Media Center PC Case provided for review, let's look at some published data taken from the GlacialTech website...

Features:

Home theater appearance
Noble Aluminum chassis design
Low down inside temperature with best airflow design
Remote control support Microsoft Vista
IR receiver support remote control, wireless keyboard, and wireless mouse
Front I/O port for easy access
Chassis bracket for horizontal or vertical application

Specifications:

Case Type: HTPC, MCE
Color: Glacial Silver, Rock Black
Net Weight: 6Kg
Expansion Slot: 2
Dimension (WxHxD): 430 x 100 x 380 mm
Drive Bays: 1 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
Power Supply: 270W
Motherboard: ATX, Micro ATX
I/O Port: USB 2.0 x 2; Audio & Speaker Port, 52 n 1 Card Reader, IR Receiver
Cooling System: Dual 60 x 60 x 20mm fan @ 1500 RPM, 19dBA
Material: 6063 Aluminum & SECC
HDD Cooling: 60 x 60 x 20 mm fan @ 1500 RPM, 19dBA

Packaging:

The GlacialTech Altair A380 case is packaged in a fairly typical cardboard box. The outside of the box is designed for a retail setting, and provides a bit of information to educate a would be buyer. The sides of the box present you with a view of the case. as well as a brief introduction to the Altair A380. The other sides give a brief overview of the specifications and features.

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The above right picture shows how the A380 is packaged inside the box. The case is wrapped in a heavy duty plastic bag to keep it from being scratched, and then it is placed between two large foam blocks to further protect it from any damage. The little box sitting on top of the case contains various accessories, which will be covered later.

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