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SilverStone Grandia Series GD06 HTPC Chassis Review - The Build and Finished Product

By: Chad Sebring | HTPC Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 19, 2011 5:50 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: SilverStone

The Build and Finished Product




Installing the motherboard, card and power supply was relatively easy. With the front I/O all wired to the motherboard and the 4-pin EPS (this board doesn't use an 8-pin) and 24-pin connected, I tried to group and stack the wiring neatly. From here we just need to install the drive racks and the support bar.




It is best to make a dry run installing the drive into the chassis before mounting any screws to make sure everything is out of the way, and that the drive lines up with the bezel correctly. All of the tray mounting holes are oblong and do allow for a little bit of adjustment to tweak the final fit.




I also slid a pair of storage drives into the hot swap bays. There work with just the drive, there is not sliders or caddies that need to be installed to the drives first. They slide all the way in with the doors open. Once closed, you re-open the door and the drives move forward releasing from the simple back planes.




Flipping the assembly over you can see there is room for a 2.5" drive as shown, or using the yellow grommets, mount a 3.5" drive here. The rubber baffle is said to divert air in the chassis, and the instructions say it's fine to poke holes and pass cables through to make connections easier.




Once the support bar, Optical drive rack, and the hard drive rack are back in the chassis you can see why there is a 700mm height restriction for the CPU cooler. It does say in the manual that if the optical bays are left out, there is room for 120mm of cooler in the GD06.




Once assembled, the nice thing about the GD06 is that if the door is closed you don't have to look at anything that may attract unwanted attention, nor is it loaded with flashy LEDs to distract you from enjoying the movie playing.




Opening the door, the only thing to change is the addition of my DVD drive that now inhabits the space to the right. With the doors closed on the left, there is no visible signs of the drives even being in there, at least until we power up the system that is.




In the back everything fits nicely and there isn't anything I can complain about. The I/O plate fits easily, the card went in fine (although the screws could be bigger) and with the rubber supports in place on the PSU, it installs very simply.




Under the door you have the power button dead center of the bezel. With the power applied and the front closed, this is all you will see for LEDs when the GD06 is powered. The light is angled down as not to deliver blinding light into the room and the intensity of the LED isn't that bright.




If you have drives in the hot swap bays, once the door is opened you could definitely be blinded by the light. These blue LEDs indicating there are drives powered in the bay are much better kept behind closed doors during use in a home theater environment.

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