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Cooler Master ATC-610-GX1 casing
By Vijay Anand
Category : Casings And Coolers
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 21st January, 2003
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

Increasingly, we hear of people setting up a Home-Theatre PC or HTPC for short. What is it and its role? Very initially, a HTPC was used in conjunction with a projector to screen DVD movies in its ultimate form. We are certain all of you are aware of a DVD’s superb sound and video properties. What some people do not realize is that watching a DVD on a conventional TV screen using a conventional DVD player does not bring out the best in video quality out of a DVD. Have you ever tried watching a DVD on your PC and contrasting it to playing the same DVD on a TV screen?

If you did so and are a discerning viewer, you would have spotted that a DVD looks far crisper, clearer and smoother on your PC monitor than on your television. The reason lies behind how a monitor and a normal TV draw the frame or picture on screen. Your television operates in an interlacing mode, where as your monitor works on a non-interlacing mode and uses high refresh rates (unless you are using a monitor that is more than a decade old). We will not delve into the details of this, as that requires several pages for thorough explanation. In short, to attain that kind of rosy output you have seen on your PC monitor will require a TV that is Progressive Scan capable and a DVD player that supports Progressive Scanning to output the matching signals.

Alas, true Progressive Scan capable TVs are still hard to come by in an average home because they have barely even made it to the retail outlets until recently. On the other hand, DVD players with Progressive Scan support have been available for quite some time. Meanwhile, those who are equipped with a room dedicated for movie viewing and use modern video projectors are in luck.

By using a PC to playback the DVD and hooking the VGA output of the PC to the VGA input of the projector, you can get even better or equal the video quality of Progressive Scan capable TVs and DVD players. A modern projector can be set to output at specific video resolutions that can match a DVD’s playback resolution on the PC to get the most optimal output ever with no descaling in between to deteriorate video quality.

Note that the bandwidth of VGA connections is far higher than that of normal RCA, S-Video and Component cable connections, and hence you will not be able to attain the same video quality when using these other connection methods with a DVD player connected directly to the projector. Such connections are limited by the signal frequency that they use to transmit video among consumer electronic equipment and to keep them backward compatible, that frequency has never been changed for a very long time.

So, what is the relationship between HTPC and the latest casing from Cooler Master? Read on and you'll know that it would be the perfect casing for such setups. But before you do so, check the specifications below:-

Cooler Master ATC-610-GX1 Casing Technical Specifications
Casing Dimensions and Specifications
  • Width: 423mm
  • Height: 140mm
  • Depth: 445mm
  • Material : Aluminum Alloy
  • Color: Black
  • Weight : 3.8kg
  • Motherboard type: Micro-ATX only.
Drive Bays and Expansion Slots / Ports
  • 2 x 5.25" Drive Bays (Exposed)
  • 1 x 3.5" Drive Bays (Exposed)
  • 2 x 3.5" Drive Bays (Hidden)
  • 4 x Rear Expansion Slots
  • 2 x Front USB ports
  • 1 x Front Firewire port
Case Cooling
  • 1 x Rear Exhaust fan - 60 x 60x 25mm
Power Supply
  • Optional (Type: Standard ATX PSU)

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