Date: May 26th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Glacialtech
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GLACIALTECH ALTAIR A380 INTRODUCTION
With the rising popularity of digital photos, streaming video and downloadable content such as music and TV shows, it's no wonder that the HTPC is becoming more common to see sitting next to other A/V equipment as part of a home theater setup. There are many considerations to take into account when building a HTPC such as hardware and software requirements, but probably the most important component is the case. The right enclosure should provide the necessary features to meet the needs of a typical HTPC build while having a clean, unobtrusive design, and should be near silent when operational. Today I'll be checking out Glacialtech's entry into the HTPC market, the Altair A380. I've been fortunate enough to work with some quality cases in the past so let's take a closer look and see how well this one measures up.
GLACIALTECH CORPORATE PROFILE
GlacialTech Inc. was established in June 2001 by a team of 8 world-class researchers (PHDs) and three factory owners. Its technological areas of expertise include specialized thermal theory, soldering and mounting technologies, mechanism design, test and verification environment build-up and advanced conduct material development.
As a total thermal solution provider, GlacialTech is committed to using lighter weight materials, lower noise and lower manufacturing cost to deliver superior cooling solutions. All this has brought about the increased value for our customers with lighter system board loading, quiet working environment and optimal price performance. Price performance, noise performance and weight performance are our three cooling design philosophy. Having acquired ISO 9001 and 14001, GlacialTech commits itself to using green materials for its products designs and to perfecting green manufacturing processes in manufacturing its products.
GlacialTech offers two kinds of standard and customized cooling solutions. The standard cooling solutions deal with the CPU coolers for desktop and server PC system, PC case fan, VGA coolers and other accessory cooling products. The customized cooling solutions are furnished with applications for specialized PC barebones system, notebook, consumer products and telecommunication products.