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GMC AVC-S7

Slim HTPC case
Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 18.12.2007
Manufacturer: GMC
Product Group: Computer Case
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Intro

We've already tested quite a few HTPC-cases, but the one we have this time still manages to stand from the crowd. It's a new product in the GMC's Noblesse-series. The difference between this case and all the earlier ones we've reviewed is that this is as slim as possible. All the HTPC-cases so far have had room for full-size PCI-cards, but that's not the case this time. The slim design has also forced the manufacturer to do some other changes to the normal layout.

AVC-S7

 

GMC AVC-S7
 

Out of the box it's also easy to see that this isn't your average computer case. The case is very slim, and the dimensions are closer to those of a DVD-player than an average computer case. The front panel is simplified to the extreme and the only visible things are a power button, eject for the DVD-drive and the loading hole for the slot-loading optical drive. Unfortunately GMC has also included an array of symbols to the right-bottom corner. These make the case look even more like a DVD-player, but I have no idea why they are there ruining the outlooks. Besides, things like DTS and Dolby Digital-compability depend on the hardware that's inside, not the case. On a sidenote the case feels surprisingly heavy.

Specifications:

Dimension ( W x D x H )

Chassis : 430 X 340 X 67mm

Color

Silver / Black

Front panel ports

IEEE1394 x 1port, USB2.0 x 2port, Audio + MIC port

Slot type Slim ODD

DVD Combo

Form Factor

Micro ATX(Low Profile) & MoDT Support

Drive Bay

1 x 3.5" Internal

Expansion Slots

1 Slot(Riser Card - PCI or PCI Express)

Power Supply

270 W Micro ATX

VFD Module

16 x 2 Character VFD
Jog Button

Optional

Remote Control : IrDA Remocon, 16 x 2 VDF Display

 

 

GMC AVC-S7
 

Opening the hatch reveals the normal USB, Audio and firewire connections, but also a 2*16 character VFD display, a card reader that reads all the common card types. One can also see the a reset button and a jog dial and couple of buttons that are also found in the remote controller. There are descriptions for all the buttons and connectors on the hatch, which is a nice little feature. If only the hatch was easier to open and the jog dial didn't have so plastic touch, there would be nothing wrong with the front panel.




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