Impactics C3LH & K.I.S.S.S. passive HTPC Review 10

Impactics C3LH & K.I.S.S.S. passive HTPC Review

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Impactics ships the chassis in a sturdy cardboard box with huge foam spacers. So even with the system filled to the rim, you can rest assured that nothing could happen to the unit, even when dropped during transportation. A large company logo has been printed on the box itself.

A Closer Look - Outside

As we have received a fully assembled unit, let us take at the outside in its finished state first. The chassis has been sourced from Cooler Master, who offers it as an OEM solution, but Impactics has improved the internal layout to hold the new converter PCB and added feet to the chassis, so that it may be used in a home setting. Instead of using the cooling solution and power converter usually found within the OEM variant, Impactics has developed their own cooling system and has taken a quality converter from FSP. From a quality standpoint, the C3LH chassis makes a very good impression. It utilizes solid aluminum fins along with a thick aluminum front and a metal frame. You may also mount it unto a flat surface with traditional wall screws by using four little metal clips.

The front has no connectivity for USB a card reader. While this is excellent for industrial environments, as those would be considered weak spots, it would have been nice for home use. Turning the chassis around we have clear access to everything the mainboard has to offer. A separate power connector has been placed on the left side. It is a special connector which allows you to screw down the power plug, so that it cannot come loose during operation. This is another little feature aimed at industrial users.

All sides of the unit are completely solid with no air vents. While this encapsulates any noise from the hard drive for example, it is not sufficient for every industrial use, as there are plenty of cracks in which dust, dirt and the likes could enter the chassis. In other words, the case is not sealed tight everywhere.
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