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SilverStone Grandia GD05 HTPC Case Review
|Date:||Thu, Jun 24, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
SilverStone Grandia GD05 HTPC Case
In 2003 SilverStone released their first case for enthusiast, the Temjin TJ01. Later that year they released their first HTPC case, the Lascala LC01. Since then SilverStone has steadily released many cases for the enthusiast and media buff alike.
Today we look at one of their newest cases in the Grandia line, the GD05. The Grandia GD05 is for the HTPC crowd but can also be used as a Small Form Factor (SFF) case in other areas. At a shallow 325mm (12.8") in depth the Grandia GD05 can fit in tight entertainment cabinets, but still accommodate full height video cards up to 11” in length. The Grandia also supports Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards, full size 5.25” drives, 2.5” and 3.5” hard drives, standard power supplies up to 180mm long (220 if you remove a fan), as well as having three SilverStone Golf Blade 120mm fans. That’s a lot of hardware stuffed into a 12”x17” footprint that stands 6" high.
The Grandia GD05 is also what they call a positive pressure case. This means that all three of the special 'golf blade' case fans are blowing into the case and the air finds its own way out via vents in the rear of the case. As an option you can install twin 80mm fans on the rear of the case to aid in moving the air out of the case. SilverStone suggests their Suscool 81 fans.
Now the SilverStone Grandia GD05 will not be mistaken for a DVD player, but it's not the biggest HTPC case out there, either. With the Aluminum skinned face the case has a very classy look and should fit in with most equipment. The GD05 only comes in black unlike its predecessor, the GD04, which came in both black and silver.
Currently we can find the Grandia GD05 for $89.99 plus shipping and carries a 1 year warranty from the date of purchase. During that time the warranty will cover replacement or exchange of defective components at the place of purchase with all the proper paperwork. Let’s take a look at the features and specifications of the Grandia GD05.
- Three silent 120mm fans included Positive air pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
- Beautiful aluminum skin for classic appearance
- Incredible 325mm depth to fit comfortably inside home theater cabinet
- Designed with cable routing for easy installation
- Supports power supply up to 180mm long
- Supports expansion cards up to 11 inches
- Supports 2.5” hard drive or SSD (Solid-state drive)
- Model No.: SST-GD05B(Black)
- Material: Aluminum skin over plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body
- Motherboard: Micro ATX, Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX
- Drive Bay
- External: 5.25" x 1
- Internal: 3.5" x 2 , 2.5” x 1 or 3.5" x 1 , 2.5” x 2
- Cooling System
- Rear: 2 x 80mm fan slots (optional mounting)
- Right: 2 x 120mm, 1200rpm, 20dBA (Also compatible with 80mm fan)
- Left: 1 x 120mm, 1200rpm, 20dBA (Also compatible with 80mm fan)
- Expansion Slot: 5 Front
- I/O Port: USB 2.0 x 2, audio x 1, MIC x 1
- Power Supply: Support standard PS2 (ATX)
- Expansion Card: Supports graphic cards up to 11 inches.
- Limitation of CPU cooler: 70mm (remove ODD if you want install up to 120mm)
- Limitation of PSU: 180mm (remove Left fan replacement as 80mm if you want install up to 220mm)
- Net Weight: 4.7kg
- Dimension: 440 mm (W) x 150 mm (H) x 325 mm (D)
Let's move along and take a look at the retail box and packaging.
Next Page - Retail Box and Packaging
Page 1 - SilverStone Grandia GD05 HTPC Case
Page 2 - Retail Box and Packaging
Page 3 - External Impressions
Page 4 - Inside the Grandia GD05
Page 5 - Installing parts into the Grandia GD05
Page 6 - Intstallation Continued
Page 7 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions