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ARK GL-09A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • USB / Audio Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Learn more about the Ark Technology Inc. GL-09A

Model

Brand
ARK
Model
GL-09A

Spec

Type
ATX Mid Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Top
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
4
External 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
6
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB / Audio

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm LED front fan
Side Air duct
Yes

Physical Spec

Dimensions
18.50" x 7.87" x 16.93"

Features

Features
Speed adjustable 220mm LED side fan

Manufacturer Warranty

Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 0 day
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • stephen s.
  • 3/15/2010 2:55:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: I love the lights. The 8 inch fan and small fan keep everything super cool ( cool air blows out the back of the case).

Cons: A little flimsy so be careful when taking the side off. Took a little force to get the CD drive in. i bumped into the silver edge of the the front plate (turning in my spiny chair to get up) and the top popped loose. It's still attached by the 2 lower prongs, so i just need to glue it or something.

Other Thoughts: I really like the case so i didn't take any eggs off. It really is nice looking.

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  • Alice M.
  • 3/3/2010 12:06:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Lots of room, the front fan is setup to blow air across your hard drives keeping them cool, The flip-down panels for the front 5.25 bays are removable if you need to mount RAID hotswap bays, there are no divisions either between 5.25 bays (great if you're going to install something large like my 3-bay-tall HD cage), and then there is the huge fan... so awesome!

Cons: The vertical shiny plastic strips on the front are very loose (two drops of krazy glue fixed it).

Other Thoughts: Building a Hackintosh workstation that can go head to head with a Mac Pro = $1200.

The look on my friend's face who just spent close to $2500 buying a Mac Pro that doesn't even match this build = Priceless.

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  • John R.
  • 12/4/2009 11:19:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Case for the Money

Pros: Absolutely the best case for the money. The fans look cool. Large enough for my GTX260 and 4 HD's. My GPU and CPU temps never get above 60deg C. Hands down the best case you can get regardless of cost.

Cons: The front intake fan gets very dusty.

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  • Seth G.
  • 11/5/2009 7:54:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It was really cheap, has some nice airflow, looks good, plenty of space for cord management, and room for expansion. Overall, I really like this case for the price. HAven't had any of the problems that other people speak of, so far. Front panel cables are labeled, and installing my new motherboard was pretty straight forward. Overall, I'd say that this is more than worth the money.

Cons: Had to hammer out the back panel for my new motherboard plate, and then bludgeon one of the front flip plates until it was out, just so I could install my DVD burner. Hammer and flatheads make me nervous when it comes to computers.

Other Thoughts: Straight forward design, and ease of installation make this case well worth the money. Just be careful when modifying it in any way, as the materials are indeed of cheaper construction, but beyond that, it is a good case!

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  • Alex B.
  • 8/26/2009 4:48:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Airflow

Pros: -220mm fan doesn't take up a lot of juice, yet moves a lot of air, also nice that it has adjustable speed.
-Front fan is only covered by a thin wire mesh, making for great airflow compared to some other cases with a front fan.
-Lots (and I mean LOTS) of vent holes.
-Lots of room beside the drive bays for cable management.
-Rear fan mount has fittings for 80 AND 120mm fans.
-Nice stylish look.

Cons: -Buttons on front drive doors are only attached by a tiny joint of plastic, don't push them unless there is something behind them or they might break (happened to me).
-Side fan speed adjuster has a very low spectrum before shutting off the fan entirely. (still nice to have at all though)
-Screws holding on the front panel are almost inaccessible.
-I/O hole on the rear had a metal sheet covering it, which was a nuisance to cut off.

Other Thoughts: Great ventilation, nice design. Some cheap parts, but overall a sturdy case, just don't mess around too much with the plastic parts.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/29/2009 6:26:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCpu Case

Pros: It looks sweet. fans are nice. does what it should do, holds $#!@ inside of the case. cheap case. mesh front, so air flows through the front easly

Cons: case is cheap.
paint is cheap.
plastic parts are cheap and easy to break becareful.
plastic bars on the front arent even glued down gotta do that your self.
metal casing is weak, the overall strength on the case is good.

Other Thoughts: be gentle with this case and it will workout just fine.

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  • Ross B.
  • 7/9/2009 2:51:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsKeep Close Eye

Pros: Love the 250mm side LED fan which moves huge amount of air along with 120mm in the front. Both fans at high-speed keep inside very cool and you can't even here it.

Cons: First time I got the case I noticed that the Reset button was busted in and the Power Button was having stick issues. Had to wait two weeks to receive replacement. The metal inside is fragile and flimsy and punch-outs in back don't really punch out. But beyond that, it's one heck of amazing case as long as you don't force any issues with it. And make sure it is NEW out of the box.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/10/2008 12:28:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for.

Pros: This case is just the right size. Small and light enough to be fairly portable, yet large enough to fit most everything you can think of. There are an abundance of bays (6 3.5", 4 5.25"), and the spring mechanism for the 5.25" drive bays are nice. Buying a case with a 250mm fan is probably the best decision you can make. Because of the size of the fan, it's able to move huge amounts of air at slower speeds than the smaller fan sizes, making it nearly silent.

Cons: The metal this case is made of is pretty flimsy. I was able to bend nearly every part inside the case, but because I was curious, I decided to sit on the case to see if it could withstand it. Suffice to say it's a fairly sturdy case. All of the ports and slots on the back of the case are punched in, so if you accidentally remove a cover you didn't intend to remove and you don''t happen to have extra PCI slot covers laying around, you're gonna have some open areas in the back. There is a fan speed control knob for the 250mm fan on the side of the case, but when you turn it down, it also turns down the LED's inside it. Really I wish it only affected the LED's, but it's easy to get past.

Other Thoughts: Overall, it's a good budget case, and thanks to the money I saved on buying it, I was able to afford an upgrade from the stock Radeon 4850 to the Asus EAH4850, and that's definitely a good thing.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 9/30/2008 11:56:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Case

Pros: This is a good case that I would recommend to others. It has a lot of room inside of it and was a good value. Also, it looks pretty cool.

Cons: Some of the parts are a bit weak so be careful with it.

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  • Fletcher H.
  • 9/21/2008 2:46:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: lots of space for expansion. really quiet fans. this was my first build and i had a smooth and easy assembl.

Cons: the gray edging on either side of the front is kinda flimsy and the cd bay covers are kinda lame. the side panel should be on a hinge so that the wire for the fan would be easier to manage.

Other Thoughts: i had trouble getting the connection just right for the front usb ports and sound but it didn't really matter. for the price i feel it was worth it and i don't see a need to buy another case because of the expansion capabilities.

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