Element PC place the Gladiator system inside two computer case boxes for extra protection while the unit is on the way to its destination. As is typical with a computer case box, there are polystyrene blocks which keep the tower from shaking around inside the cardboard there is no clear/fabric cover surrounding the chassis though.
Detaching the side panels on the tower we can see that Element PC has also kitted the case out with air cushions which is a great idea preventing the components from moving around and getting damaged.
Gladiator uses the Rosewill Rise Glow for its computer chassis, this mid-tower follows an elegant design which features a large piece of Perspex for a preview of the configuration inside. The style and theme of this case will complement most office environments and other office appliances. Oddly, though there is allocation for a 5.25 drive, no such device is supplied.
At the front of the Rise Glow case the perforated mesh panel detaches to reveal a trio of 120mm LED cooling fans. Having such a plethora of fans at the front of this configuration will bolster the thermal performance by bringing airflow across the motherboard. The panel which separates from the case acts as a filter and can be washed/cleaned.
Up at the top of Gladiator there is an assortment of ports and buttons to take advantage of. These include the following:
3x USB 2.0 Ports
2x USB 3.0 Ports
Headphone and Microphone Jacks
Its great to see such an abundance of USB functionality on in an easy-to-reach location. The inclusion of a fan controller is also a brilliant inclusion as the noise/performance can be adjusted on the fly.
This fan controller can set the cooling fans to low or high speed the middle point deactivates the LEDs.
Around the back of Gladiator there are further ports which offer even more functionality. In the upper section, the ports directly from the motherboard provide:
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x Serial port
1 x HDMI port
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
3 x Audio jacks (Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
Its quite strange to see a serial port on a motherboard nowadays as this is regarded as legacy and independent PS2 keyboard/mouse are also a rarity but some users many find them useful.
Below this we have an EVGA GTX 970 graphics card which can output using a selection of different ports including:
1x HDMI port
2x DVI ports (DVI-I and DVI-D)
And then we also have the power supply at the bottom which is an EVGA SuperNOVA 650W PSU which is 80 Plus Gold rated.