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GMC H-70 Case

GMC H-70 Case

The Case

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The GMC H-70 is a standard ATX design measuring 200mm wide, 435mm deep and 435mm tall. The case is made out of steel and it is well reinforced, meaning that it is very sturdy (but not lightweight – it weights about 9kg empty). We received the all black version of the H-70 but GMC offer a silver version as well. There are 4 visible 5.25” bays, two of which have faceplates with shining golden buttons for hiding the ODDs behind them.

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Moving to the center of the faceplate, a highly reflective piano black door hides the front panel IO ports, the reset button and the single visible 3.5” bay. Right beneath the door there is a 3.5” mirror-like area which houses the large power button, the thermometer display and the two fan controller knobs. The knobs and the power button are painted with a highly reflective golden chrome paint. Once the system is up and running, the red characters of the thermometer LCD display appear. You can attach the thermometer sensor wherever you like inside the case.

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At the bottom front section GMC have placed a washable air filter behind a decorative plastic cover. The plastic cover can be removed by simply pulling it out. Same goes for the filter, which you can clean and re-install it without having to open the case or removing the entire faceplate.

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The left side panel is perforated above the PCIe slot to aid the cooling of the installed display card and a funnel can be found above the CPU area for the cooler to draw fresh air from the outside of the case. You may need to remove the funnel if you wish to install a tower cooler, or you could replace it with an 80mm fan (although it’s position will not aid the thermal performance of the case signficantly). This is the first time we have seen an air filter over a funnel and it will certainly reduce the quantity of dust.

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The H-70 is one of the few cases we have seen with not only the exterior parts of their panels painted, but with a thorough paint job over the entire chassis. It is almost a shame that the left side panel is not windowed. Inside there is just enough space to install a ATX system without compatibility problems. You still should be careful with very long PCIe cards which are over 26cm (10”) long, as they will fit but will block the HDD slot next to them.

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A simple 120mm fan is pre-installed at the rear of the case. It doesn’t really matter if the fan is noisy or not as you can control its speed from the front panel, so you can install a very fast fan there and control it according to your needs. There is no tool-less mechanism locking the expansion card slots, but GMC provide thumbscrews and the covers are reusable, which is nice for those who change configurations often. The HDD bay is not removable, but there are anti-vibration rubber rings on almost every slot. (We said almost because the rubber rings were missing from the second HDD slot of the sample we received.)

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A full ATX system will easily fit inside the H-70. As you can see from the above picture, the H-70 takes our Gigabyte P35-DS3, a passively cooled 9600GT card and a long Ultra X-Pro 800W PSU without any problems. The only problem could occur when trying to install a very long PCIe GFX card, which will block the HDD slot next to it. This may be a problem with people who have multi-GPU systems and want to have many HDDs as well.

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Stuart Davidson

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