G-Alantic 610i Review
Posted on August 9, 2002
G-Alantic Enterprise Co., Ltd. are a Taiwanese
manufacturer and exporter of all sizes of computer cases and
associated components. The 'Starex' series 610i case is their
first foray into the microcosmic world of Mini-ITX. They kindly
provided us with one of the first cases to come off the production
line, which we review here.
Power Supply Unit
the Hard Drive
GA610RS PCI Riser Card
the Case Back Together
The GA-610i measures (WxHxD): 13.38"(340mm)
x 3.78"(96mm) x 10.83"(275mm). It weighs approximately
5.5Kg, according to the packaging.
The case is of a solid steel construction,
and comes in 2 colours. We had the SG (silver) model - actually
a dark grey colour. The PL (pearl) model is the whiter flavour,
though we haven't seen one of those yet.
The plastic front panel is colour-matched
to the case and flips open on the left to reveal 5 differently
shaped cutouts and a removable floppy-drive sized front panel.
The cutouts look like they will fit 2 audio sockets, a Firewire
socket, an infra red module and 2 USB sockets. G-Alantic will
be providing the USB and IR modules as an option. We suspect
the audio and Firewire sized cutouts are either leftovers
from initial Mini-ITX board specifications or anticipatory
of future (CLE266) Mini-ITX boards. Either way, they'll come
in useful at some point and are all obscured by the left panel
when it is closed anyway.
Behind the aforementioned removable floppy-drive
sized front panel is a floppy-drive sized space complete with
mounting points. The EPIA motherboards currently available
do not have a floppy drive connector, and future models probably
won't either. But the floppy drive is an industry standard
form factor and other things can be fitted here instead, such
as G-Alantic's own 115A 3.5" "Travel Flash Card
Pocket Disk" or knowing our readers - LCD displays, miniature
VU meters or racks of blue LEDs...
Now's probably a good time for you to have
a quick peek at G-Alantic's product page before we install
a Mini-ITX motherboard.