GMC X-7 'X-Station' Reviewtacohunter52 - August 13, 2009
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Looking at the picture on the box, I was concerned with whether or not I actually liked the X-Station's design. At first I thought it looked like a bunch of different case ideas all thrown together. Who knows, maybe the people at GMC decided using every idea would make a super case. I don't know if the case grew on me, or if GMC added a mind control device to it, but I started to like the way it looked. The bulky grills on the left and right side reminded me of a futuristic robot. I actually ended up liking the entire bulkiness of the front. I thought that the floppy bay was a little silly though. Also, the orange headlights reminded me of something you'd expect to see on the back of a school bus. One really cool thing is that the case has two power switches. One is located under the LCD display and the other is located at the top of the case. I'm not really sure what the point of this is, but it's pretty cool, especially for those of you that like to mix things up a bit. There are four bays for optical drives, but only one has the built in eject button. I thought that was a little lame, but I guess it makes more sense then having unused eject buttons located around the case.
The left hand side of the X-Station appears to be like that of every other case, except for the assembly sticking out from it. This assembly, as they call it, serves three purposes. The first is that it keeps the side panel interesting and distracts you from the fact that there is no window or grill. The second thing is that it has an exhaust fan to help improve airflow. The third reason, and possibly most important purpose, is that it is a fan controller. This controller should be able to speed up and slow down the fans inside the X-Station. The right side panel isn't as interesting. It's quite simply featureless.
The back of the X-Station is that of your typical computer case. The PSU is located at the top of the case, and you're given seven expansion slots. One thing some of you will notice is that it doesn't have any holes for a water cooling kit. This is a mid-tower case, so these holes aren't expected, but it is something I've been seeing on a lot of current cases. Removing the side panel reveals two of the X-Station's three included fans, as well as a box of goodies. Some of you will be disappointed that the X-Station's interior isn't black, but it's nothing a can of spray paint can't fix, if that's really important to you.
The X-Station has four HDD bays. Located directly in front of these bays is an intake fan. This fan will blow air directly over your HDDs, which should hopefully keep them cooler than they would have otherwise been. There are also four 5.25" bays just in case you like your case to have a lot of media. You'll notice that there are no toolless accessories in the X-Station. I personally prefer this, but I know some of you are all about not using a screw driver. Inside the box of goodies were an instruction manual, a motherboard speaker and a bag of zip ties and colorful screws. That's right, colorful screws. I know what you're thinking, but trust me, it makes sense. Why wouldn't you want to use Christmas colored screws in your new gaming rig? I know I would.