Overall I give the case high marks in construction, quality, and layout. The front panel is obviously quite useful in a HTPC environment, and the little touches here and there make it really stand out.
R-4 Bulldozer Receives Recommended Award from Virtual-Hideout.net
Mid towers, they are thick as flies, and it’s pretty hard to make something unique and interesting. The R-4 bulldozer doesn’t have a problem with either however. One look and you can tell that. The semi vertical optical drive, and ‘hydraulic rams’ stand out as they are intended.... Saying the R-4 is meant to look like some sort of industrial equipment is putting it mildly. It’s not just the pistons, the guarding and rails all give it a very impressive look and feel... Even though the case is extremely small, it can actually fit a full ATX motherboard, and even 2 or more of the largest gaming cards on the market today.
The GMC R-4 Bulldozer will most certainly fire up all those enthusiasts who like to own something different to distinguish them from everyone else, especially all those who like Bulldozers and trucks. With the vertically mounted ODD, the many lights and the two temperature screens the R4 is certainly something unique and the fact that it also comes with three pre-installed fans justifies the Powerful Cooling PC Case at least in a large degree. Also the fact that this case although small is able to contain a normal ATX board and large components is also something that will certainly appeal to many users.
The GMC R-4 Bulldozer will excite all those enthusiasts who like something a little different, something with a twist. With the vertically mounted ODD and the interesting visuals this case is sure to do that and some. Cooling shouldn’t be any problem either with lots of fans and the fact that the case is very small and still able to support ATX components is very good.
R-2 Toast Receives Recommended Award from DreamWare Computers
For a reasonable price, the GMC R-2 Toast is a unique looking case available in a great selection of bright and lively colours. The design certainly is different than most computer cases, but for non-power users who don’t require a lot of bay components or extreme cooling, it would be a great case choice.
R-4 Bulldozer Wins TweakPC Top Hardware Design Award
Computer Translated to English: "Incredibly small housing saves space, specially in the depth. The quality can also be seen, especially when considering the low price. For an eye-opening effect the case is all good -- not least because of its vertically positioned 5.25" drive slot.
The system cases reviewed today all made a very positive impression. The GMC R2 Toast and R3 Corona are interesting due to their nonstandard layout that helped make them considerably smaller than standard cases. … The GMC AVC-K2 is quite a nice surprise, too. A well-designed full-size tower with an integrated HTPC-oriented kit is something we don’t see often. Considering its excellent exterior, the AVC-K2 will be a good choice for people whose computer is meant for work, games, multimedia entertainment - everything!
The red dot stands for belonging to the best in design and business. The red dot is an internationally recognised quality label for excellent design that is aimed at all those who would like to qualify their business activities with the help of design. The qualification is based on the principle of selection and presentation. Outstanding design is selected in the international design competition ‘red dot design award’ by competent expert juries in the fields of product design, communication design, and design concepts.
The Noblesse K-2 Ebony pulls out all the stops to provide you with a true all in one media PC enclosure. With back lit card reader slots and a remote, all that’s missing is a good HTPC build. The case is solidly built at over 22 lbs empty so it won’t be your LAN party weapon of choice unless you really are showing off. The combination of the software and hardware controls included is unparalleled. The inclusion of the SoundGraph software package brings an out of the box multimedia functionality requiring no additional purchases or software to your build.
GMC R-3 Corona Wins Perfect 4.0 from Club Overclocker
The R-3 Corona shows the GMC case layout has some versitility and once again the amount of innovative design decisions at this price point will impress. The case looks great and had no problems handling a standard three drive setup. The R-3 Corona is slightly larger but still boasts a footprint much smaller than a traditional ATX design. I had the opportunity to take eth Corona to a local LAN and the smaller size was a dream to transport.
The R-2 Toast is our first look at a GMC case and I am impressed with the amount of innovative design decisions that make their way into a budget friendly case. The case looks great and had no problems handling a standard three drive setup. With some slight coaxing it even handled one of the largest heatsinks we had in the lab. The R-2 Toast would be an excellent choice for smaller workspace needs or those of us that regularly pack our system off to a LAN party... The Toast design provides a small but innovative footprint at a mighty attractive price. I cant wait to see what else GMC has up their sleeve!
The R-3 Corona is the latest offering from GMC's mid-tower series. With the R-3 Corona comes the very innovative optical drive (ODD) which is mounted vertically on the case. But how do these aesthetic changes affect the performance of the case? Watch our video review to find out...
" If you have room for the case, it will definitely make a very nice HTPC setup. The large 140mm front fan and rear 120mm fan provide adequate cooling for even power hungry rigs, with the fan controller allowing you to find the perfect balance between noise and cooling (even though the fans on full speed are pretty quiet). "
Translated from Italian: "
Using the case and installing the internal components does not revealed any manufacturing defects. All edges are rounded to prevent the user from receiving cuts during installation. The hardware installation went smoothly despite having a very small space. The placement of the hard disk uses the space optimally and at the same time allows it to cool properly...
"The PC case market is certainly competitive with manufacturers always trying to outdo each other. Most PC cases are comparable over a small set of features such as the number of fans and extension slots, easy access to the computer’s internals, and aesthetic design that can make a PC look modern and differentiate it from the original beige-colored designs. GMC’s R-2 Toast PC case, offers many features, a nice design, and a vertically positioned optical drive that you won’t find on any other PC case today."
Computer-Translated to English: "As a Media Center box, it offers a lot of attention as a VFD screen, multimedia buttons, navigation buttons, a remote control and a memory card reader.... It could involve people in a small space like a dorm room, a studio or a small apartment and see him in a box that can serve as both a desktop PC and Media Center."
"The slim and elegant design of the AVC-S7 may not be unique but GMC is probably the only company which offers such a small case loaded with so many features, including iMon VFD and remote. The AVC-S7 is very small but it can accommodate a very good HTPC system and perfectly fit in your living room among your home theater equipment."
GMC R-4 Bulldozer Receives Innovation Award from HardwareBistro.com
The whole case installation for GMC R-4 BullDozer will take around 30mins to an hour for the first time unless you are very familiar with this case. For the testing for a PC case, most of the time the benchmark subject will be temperature and noise. Both CPU and system temperatures are around 3-5 degrees lower compre with our previous case and it is very dependent on what case are you going to compare. If you are comparing with low end case and the temperature will be much lower but if you are comparing with high end aluminum case then maybe you won't get much improvement compare with this GMC R-4 BullDozer. For the noise, we can't hear any significant noise although GMC R-4 BullDozer has plenty of case fans.
"You get alot of equipment for the money, so you can easily create a functional entertainment appliance with spare hardware just lying around. Even if you buy new equipment, all you have to purchase is a miniATX motherboard, processor, memory and hard drive. "
- Alan McCloskey
Translated from German: "GMC has worked with the R-2 Toast is a very attractive product in the low price segment.... It meets the basic requirements of a case and is also well equipped for the street price from 30 to 40 euros.... Due to the low weight of about 4kg, it is also the case for regular transportation to LAN parties."
" The GMC R-2 Toast PC case has very original (and patented!) concept for optical drive placement and loading. Instead of the traditional horizontally-positioned, tongue-like tray extension, the Toast, as its name implies, orients the drive vertically so that the optical drive tray shoots up like a piece of toast. The hard drive is also mounted vertically, so the case is very slim.... "
- Colin Dean