Legit Case Reviews
SilverStone Grandia GD05 HTPC Case Review
|Date:||Thu, Jun 24, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
With the Grandia GD05 out of the packing we can get a good look at it. The front bezel is anodized brushed aluminum and in the upper right corner there is the 5.25” bay. I was a little sad that there was no external 3.5” bay. If you use a full size optical drive then there is no place for a front accessible card reader. With a little looking I was able to find an adapter from StarTech that allows for a slim optical drive and a 3.5” bay device to mount into the 5.25” bay. The down side is that it's $30.
In the low left side of the front there are the front I/O ports, power and rest buttons.
The top of the case is fairly plain; it does have a small vent toward the rear center.
Moving around to the left we can see the left 120mm intake fan. The fan can also be switched out to an 80mm fan to make more room for long body power supplies.
On the right side there are two more 120mm intake fans. Each of the intake fans has a filter that can be cleaned, but to clean them you have to remove the fans from the case. Not a hard thing, but annoying if you have to pull the case from a rack or cabinet to clean them.
Moving around to the back we can see that the back of the case is mostly vented. This is very good; with three 120mm fans blowing into the case that air has to be able to get out somehow. There are 5 expansion slots, and all are capable of accommodating full height cards. 4 slots are for the board the 5th card is above the PSU area.
The 5th slot is on its side and squeezed between the top of the PSU and the case top.
Above the back I/O port area there are two spots for mounting optional 80mm exhaust fans.
Looking at the bottom of the case there is a total of 5 feet: two front, one center, two rear. The center and rear feet are stick-on rubber button style. The PSU area had a nice large vent for it as well. Its screen is accessible from the outside of the case so no having to pull the PSU to clean the screen.
The front two feet are a little flashier. They are plated plastic with foam rubber inserts.
Next Page - Inside the Grandia GD05
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