Legit Case Reviews
SilverStone Grandia GD05 HTPC Case Review
|Date:||Thu, Jun 24, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
Inside the Grandia GD05
Pulling the top panel off we can get a good look at the inside. The area for the expansion cards above the motherboard area is clear.
The 5.25 bay is supported by the center rail and the side of the case
The mounting holes are slotted to allow for slight adjustment for aligning the 5.25 device to the front panel.
Above the power supply is the hard drive mount. It is supported at the front and back of the case.
The hard drive tray can support a combination of 3.5” and 2.5” hard drives. It can do either two 3.5" and one 2.5” or one 3.5" and two 2.5” drives.
The black piece is a chamber divider and wire router for hard drive cabling. It will help direct air to the back of the case. It is held on with two sided tape and can be removed if you want. On our sample it was rolling around loose in the case, but it was simple to stick back on to the hard drive cage.
With the drive cages and the center support out of the way the Grandia GD05 looks like it has tons of room to work with.
Looking to the front of the case we can see the back of the front I/O ports and the left side intake fan. The fan has a guard/dust filter on the inside that keeps wires from getting caught up in the fan blades.
Looking to the right side we can see the other two 120mm intake fans; they have internal guard/dust filters as well. In this image you can see the lower screws for the guard are lower than the top of the motherboard standoffs. This means the motherboard will be up even higher blocking all access to the screws, not to mention the 5.25 drive bay and CPU cooler are in the way as well. To clean the filter you would have to first remove the 5.25 drive bay, then remove the 4 outer screws that hold the fan to the case, then remove the 4 screws that hold the guard/filter to the fan, clean the filter and reverse the process. Nothing like having to do an almost complete tear down to clean a filter. You might get away with a vacuum and a can of air, but to really clean it you have to remove it.
The fans themselves are SilverStone's Golf Bladed 120mm fans.
The fans get their name for the blades that have golf ball style dimples all over them. The dimples allow the fan to run at a quiet 20dBa spinning at 1200rpm.
The internal guards have the filter built into it. If wanted to you could remove the filter altogether, but once you cut it out there is not putting it back.
Looking to the rear we can see the expansion slot covers and rear exhaust fan mounting area.
Next Page - Installing parts into 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