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A-Top Technology Gladiator 2005

Michael Larabel

Published on 5 April 2005
Written by Michael Larabel
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It used to be if you wanted a nice attractive computer case, you would need to find a case whether it is salvage it from a scrap pile, gut out an old computer case, or if you were fortunate enough to find a computer shop that carried a cheap reliable chassis. However, this was only the easy part; you would then need to whip out the Dremel tool, a few cans of spray paint, and whatever else you desired; followed by spending countless hours hoping in the end your creation would turn out as you had envisioned. However, this is the year 2005 and we don't need to mod our beige cases in order to have a nice looking computer under our desks, there are dozens of manufacturers making nice attractive cases now with factory mods. This is absolutely a dream come true for those who are unable to mod their own chassis whether it be due to financial restraints, lack of creativity, or simply not having the proper equipment. The newest batch of cases to enter our sights has been from A-Top Technology. What we have up on the workbench today for testing is the A-Top Gladiator.

Features:

· Unique heavy-duty 2.0mm brushed aluminum door panel w/ bright LED lighting in the background
· Dimensions: 200mm x 430mm x 440mm (W x H x D)
· Patented screwless & tool-less mounting rails
· Max. Motherboard size: 12" x 10"(w/ 4 x 5.25" installed) OR 12" x 10.5" (w/ 2 x 5.25" installed)
· Side panel window with heavy-duty custom 1.0mm mesh for ultra cooling performance
· Side wings (paired) with custom chromed trims and 1.0mm mesh guards
· Exclusive front custom claws (paired) with chromed trims and 1.0mm mesh guards
· open 5.25" drive bays with patented tool-less drive rails
· 2 open 3.5" drive bays
· 5 hidden 3.5" drive bays with patented tool-less drive rails
· Deluxe version: 5 x 5.25" opens + 1 x 3.5"open + 4 hidden 3.5" (special order only)
· A total of 10 drive bays
· Build in 2 front USB 2.0 + Mic & Audio port connectors
· Includes a front bright Blue LED 8cm
· Blue cold cathode light (optional)
· Deluxe version: with an extra 12cm rear blue LED fan
· All fans are clear w/ extra bright LEDs built in
· 1 additional optional 8cm fan (not shown) on the opposite side of window panel
· Front 8cm fan can be replaced by a 12cm fan
· Power supply: Exclusive XBlade 450 Watts gaming power supply

Contents:

Opening up the package, we found everything to be in pristine condition, just like the previously reviewed A-Top XPlode. Inside of the actual case, we found a Logisys CCFL, a box full of all the screws and necessary items to mount your computer components inside of the chassis, and a US 120V power cable; for use with the XBlade PSU inside of the Gladiator.

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