Global Win GAT002 Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by piotke @ 2004-03-29

A case, that?s where your put your computer in. Most people think like that. To some people, the case should become a stylish part of your room. What about this case? Worth changing from a boring beige to a black one?

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The case in general

ZZzzzoooom, Zooooom, a closer look !

The front is nicely finished, the power and reset buttons have a chrome reflecting look.
You just bought this case, this nice case, and you want to put your system in it. No big deal, but you have this awful white optical drive and even uglier then a 10 year old, almost yellow floppy drive. No problem, this case comes with a custom 3.5” en 5.25” drive cover. Just looking like the other front panels of your case.
The CD drive for example, click the original front of, and click this one on it. *done*, 30 seconds of work.

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A closer look to the front...(click for larger picture)


There are 2 case fans pre installed. In the rear panel there’s an 80 mm fan, and in the left case panel, the windowed one there’s also a case fan installed. Both these fans use a main board plug to dram their power.
Both the fans spin at around 2000 rpm. Have an airflow of ~26 cfm, and a sound level of ~22 dBa. Decent fans, not too loud.
On the side panel, there’s a fan duct installed for optimal airflow. And finally, fore the HDD’s, there’s also room fan an extra 80 mm fan.

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80 mm fan in side panel & fan duct...(click for larger picture)

And the rear, you can clearly see the position from the 80 mm fan.

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Rear...(click for larger picture)


Before you can install your computer you need to get the case opened. I once had a Dell, couldn’t open the case, some stupid click-and-screw system I couldn’t understand. Couldn’t get the case opened until I found the Dremel :).

This case is luckily different.

The side panels can be easily removed as they are held in their place by a couple of thumbscrews and there’s an extra grip. No need for a screwdriver up to now….

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Easy removal of the panel...(click for larger picture)

I’m not going to discuss every screw I used to install my computer, just gave you a basic impression on how everything went. But there’s one thing I’d like to mention before going to the next page.

This case has a Front I/O Interface with two USB 2.0 ports, AUDIO, and one IEEE1394 (also known as Firewire) port. I use these things a lot, because they’re easy accessible, the way it should be. But the installation, I hate it. Look at all these tiny connectors… Why don’t they make a standard for that? It would make me a happy man.

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Universal front panel connectors...(click for larger picture)

I hope you already saw that this isn't the average case when it comes to looks. It’s a pre modded case! Isn’t that a surprise? More details on the following page.

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