GMC is a Korean based company who focus almost entirely on the design and production of HTPC cases. We had a look at several of their products in the past, each of them designed with a different purpose in mind. Today we will take a look at their latest HTPC case, the AVC-S7. The AVC-S7 is an elegant but very short case which is designed to match DVD players and other home theater equipment. Let us see if such a short case can be practical for housing modern home theater systems.
( W x D x H )
Chassis : 430 X 340 X 67mm
Carton Box : 478 x 428 x 114mm
Silver / Black
IEEE1394 x 1port, USB2.0 x 2port, Audio + MIC port
Slot type Slim ODD
Micro ATX(Low Profile) & MoDT Support
3.5" x 1 ( Int)
1 Slot(Riser Card – PCI or PCI Express)
Air Hole for CPU, Air Hole for PCI express
16 x 2 Character VFD
Driver CD x 1
Micro ATX Power Support
Remote Control : IrDA Remocon, 16 x 2 VDF Display
Packaging and Bundle
The cardboard box of the AVC-S7 is so narrow that someone could mistake it for a DVD player. The case is held in the middle of the box between two Styrofoam pieces and wrapped in a nylon bag. While this kind of packaging will not withstand much abuse, it should offer sufficient protection during shipping.
The AVC-S7 comes with a relatively rich bundle. Besides the needed screws and standoffs, you will also find a well written manual, an AC power cable, a high performance copper low-profile cooler, the iMon remote controller and its software CD.
There was a time a few years ago that Hi-Fi/AMP like HTPC cases were everywhere. That has changed a bit in recent times due to some excellent m-ATX boards allowing builds in compact chassis however there is still something about the home theatre component style of design which can be appealing...