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SilverStone Grandia SST-GD08B HTPC Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | HTPC Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 22, 2012 2:17 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: SilverStone

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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The body of the SST-GD08B is steel that is painting black inside and out. The face of the unit is based on a brushed anodized aluminum panel, which is also black giving the GD08 that elegant look we expect from SilverStone.

 

On the front there is the Silverstone name painted on the top right corner in white, but aside from that there is only the power and reset buttons way below the name and a pair of stealth bay drive covers on the right. The top of the chassis offers passive ventilation over the bracket end of the video cards, while the floor of the chassis offers a pair of fans with removable dust covers that act as part of the intake to the chassis. On both sides there are spots for ventilations, the left for the PSU and the right offers a 120mm fan blowing air into the chassis. Even the rear of the chassis is well ventilated between the eight vented expansion slot covers in a 7+1 configuration and the spot over the rear I/O that can hold a pair of 80mm fans.

 

If you have noticed the three included 120mm fans are all blowing into the chassis to create a positive pressure inside the chassis to keep dust down and lessen the noise levels. As I said though, SilverStone wanted silence with this design and using 900 RPM fans helps, but typically when you are in a home theater environment, the slightest hum of a fan is a distraction. This is why SilverStone went to such great lengths with the way the dust filter and fan grills are designed. They noticed that straight lines in frames made the fans change acoustically as the fan passed that part of the filter. So what they did was to add curves and break up the intermediate supports to allow the user to get the best results possible acoustically.

 

There are some limitations to adhere to in this design, such as you can only use a board smaller than SSI-EEB. That's right; there is room for motherboard that is 13" by 12". There is only 138mm for CPU cooler clearance, but even that is quite a bit in an HTPC chassis. The last issue is the length of the cards and that is a maximum of 13.6". I was being a bit facetious with the "limitations" here, you can fit almost anything a mid-tower can hold and SilverStone kept right on going and even offers room for two optical drives and up to twelve storage drives. It's rare that I will say this about an HTPC chassis, but this case really just keeps going with new ideas and attention to details you didn't realize you needed. Until now that is.

 

The Grandia SST-GD08B as you are about to see it, I was able to locate at one shop in the US, even though this chassis was just released. SundialMicro has a current listing of $145.99. Of course there is the dreaded shipping to deal with and with that totaled up the cost climbs to near $190. If it were me, I would wait until more stores pick up this chassis and you have a bit of shopping opportunity to get a better deal on the transit costs at least. The base price of $145.99 is very reasonable, as I said this may be an HTPC, but it has room like a full tower and surpasses specs of most mid towers out there at this price.

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