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GlacialTech Altair A380 Home Theatre PC Chassis Review

GlacialTech Altair A380 Home Theatre PC Chassis Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: If you want to build yourself a Home Theatre PC (HTPC), there are a couple of routes to go. One is a slim line HTPC case like the Glacialtech Altair A380
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External Mfg. Website: Glacialtech Nov 28 2008   Julian Apong  
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Exterior/Internal Case Features

There are four aluminum feet on the bottom of the case, it would have been nice if GlacialTech could put some rubber bottoms on the feet so the system does not transfer vibrations to the other electronic devices or table. If you put something on top of the Altair A380, make sure you're not blocking the air vents! If possible place this case on the top of the totem pole.

The case's aluminum feet do reduce system vibration, although rubber 'shoes' would have improved the dampening.

The outer case is made out of brushed aluminum.

The Glacialtech Altair A380 feels like a high-quality case - the rounded aluminum siding feels much more solid than the panels used on a generic desktop case.

There's not much to the rear of the GlacialTech Altair A380. There's a spot for the motherboard's rear I/O the two horizontal riser expansion slots and the power supply. The 270W PSU is made from Enhance and it natively supports a 20 pin main ATX power connector. Good thing all motherboards are still compatible with the old ATX 1.4 spec power supplies. The main cable is also a little short so make sure the PSU can reach before you leave the shop!


The miniature 270W power supply provides more than enough juice to power a low-wattage processor and motherboard

The power supply has a total of five molex, one floppy and a four pin ATX12V connector. Make no mistake, this system is not designed as a high end gaming system so high powered videocards are a no no with the GlacialTech Altair A380. Pick a motherboard with integrated video and HDMI output like this baby.


The Aluminum is punched with lots of vents to give the 380 Altair case good cooling. Shown here is the special PCI bracket for the infrared card.

Inside the GlacialTech Altair A380, comes next.

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Contents of Article: Glacialtech Altair A380
 Pg 1.  GlacialTech Altair A380 Home Theatre PC Chassis Review
 Pg 2.  Front Bezel and Drive Bay Accommodations
 Pg 3.  — Exterior/Internal Case Features
 Pg 4.  Inside the GlacialTech Altair A380
 Pg 5.  Simple Slim Line HTPC Chassis

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