Cryo PC Alto – Part 1

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Since there wasn’t really anywhere else to put the extensive accessories you get with the Alto, I’ll put them here.

So you get a remote:

Cryo Alto HTPC

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And that’s it.

The case for the Alto is the Zalman HD503. It has a brushed aluminium front panel, with a black colour scheme throughout. The top and side panels are matt black aluminium, though not brushed.

Cryo Alto HTPC

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The most dominant part of the front panel is the little LCD on the left hand side. This not only provides some customisable information, but allows for fan controlling (if I added active fans) as well as helping it fit in with traditional stereo equipment that you might find in a lounge setting.

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The right hand panels pop open at a touch and offer up a couple things. The top one is the standard optical drive, allowing for DVD viewing etc.

The second panel lets you change out the storage drive and attach USB, eSATA and headphones. It seems a shame that there isn’t a USB 3.0 connector, but that’s the case’s fault, not Cryo’s.

Cryo Alto HTPC

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The HDD slides out from its tray with a little tug and a press of the side clips.

Cryo Alto HTPC

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Each side panel for this case has several grills to increase air flow. This is a passively cooled system so we don’t need to worry too much about dust filters.

Cryo Alto HTPC

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The back of the case has a couple of 80mm fan slots if you want to add some active cooling. The back panel connectors feature:

  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • PS2 Mouse/keyboard
  • DVI
  • VGA
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • SPdif
  • HDMI

Thansk to the GPU add in card, there’s also standard DVI and HDMI in there. The TV tuner card has two aerial-in options for viewing two signals at once.

Cryo Alto HTPC

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Last modified: October 27, 2011

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3 Responses to :
Cryo PC Alto – Part 1

  1. Skar says:

    I would be really interested in how much they undervolted by and the name of the cooling fan.

    1. Whoopty says:

      I’ll find out for you. And no cooling fan sir, this is a passively cooled system :)

  2. Skar says:

    Silly me, I didn’t mean cooling fan, but the actual cooler.

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