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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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Both side panels are vented to allow for maximum airflow, and approximately one third of the top panel has this same vent design.
The bottom has four feet to provide stability and absorb vibration.
Moving around to the rear of the case we find an opening for the motherboard I/O panel, two expansion card slots, and the included PSU. More ventilation is here also.
The interior layout is fairly simple. Removable cages house the optical drive and hard drives and between them is the card reader. The PSU is mounted in the upper left corner. It is small, about half the size of a typical one and the proprietary design means it can't be swapped out.
The specifications on Glacialtech's website advertise this PSU as 270W, however looking at the unit itself it's only listed at 220W. Either way, these numbers prevent any cutting edge hardware from being used in this enclosure. A HTPC typically does not have steep hardware requirements anyhow, although for a long term solution it would not be the best choice.