After we rounded up some of our test components, we began installing them in this chassis. We had installed the following components.
|Processor:||AMD Athlon XP Barton 2500+ @ 2.2GHz|
|Motherboard:||Abit NF7-S Revision 2|
|Memory:||512MB Ultra PC3200|
|Graphics Card:||NVIDIA 5900XT|
|Hard Drives:||Western Digital 80GB IDE|
|Optical Drives:||Lite-On 52x24x52|
|Power Supply:||Enermax Noisetaker EG425P|
The entire installation process of our components was very easy and straightforward. Although the case didn't use as many tool-less features, as we all would like, the installation process still went smooth. During the installation, we found no sharp edges or obstructions to speak of. Below are some pictures of the included A-Top XBlade PSU.
Our feelings regarding the A-Top Technology Gladiator were rather mixed. The appearance was rather nice although quite similar to other cases we've reviewed in the past, excluding the brushed aluminum front panel. The only tool-less feature with the Gladiator was really just the internal 3.5" drive bay that is a bit unfortunate but nevertheless the installation process remained effortless. The blue LED background lighting towards the front of the case was also very nice touch. At about $90 USD this case is a bit on the expensive side, but an XBlade PSU is included and the build quality is reasonable.
· Included PSU
· Easy installation
· Brushed Aluminum Front Panel (w/ Blue LEDs)
· Tool-less internal 3.5" drive bays
· 3 Fan mounts
· Somewhat expensive
· Could use more tool-less features
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Phoronix Product Rating: 8 / 10