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SilverStone Grandia Series GD06 HTPC Chassis Review (Page 8)

By Chad Sebring from Dec 18, 2011 @ 23:50 CST
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: SilverStone

Final Thoughts

The Grandia series GD06 has been a pleasure to work with; it is near silent while in use even with 12V applied to the 120mm fans all the time, and it looks really good sitting on a shelf! - I want to start out addressing the LED lighting. It's few and far between in cases that I actually see a manufacturer angle the lighting that is exposed on their HTPC chassis. This allowed for a subtle glow that can be seen across the room to verify it is on, but as you sit on the couch, the LED isn't going to burn right into your brain as you try to ignore it watching a movie or playing a game. SilverStone put the finer materials where it needed to be and the natural aluminum on the exposed feet is a nice contrast against the black aluminum front door. The curves around the to the sides just make it that much more streamlined for any HTPC user to have the GD06 blend right in seamlessly to the home theater setup.

As I worked with and tested the chassis, there isn't really anything that went wrong at the fault of SilverStone. I kept dropping the smaller screws as I don't typically use a magnetic screwdriver, which I would highly recommend having with this chassis. The wiring inside the chassis is plentiful, so much so that I ended up with it folded on itself five or six times to bunch up the excess. Even with the PSU shipped from them, wiring the drives is a challenge. The leads on the HDD caddy for the hot swap bays are too short and make you have to hold it in an odd angle with one hand while you attempt to connect power with the other hand, and that wasn't too fun. The other thing to consider with a PSU like this one is how to power both your optical drive and the HDD in the back with the same power lead. In my build I had to run it over the GPU to make it reach to the DVD drive and back to the HDD.

While the GD06 was a challenge, once I had it all together and running I was very pleased with the aesthetics and the incorporated positive pressure air flow. While it was running I could feel the card blowing out heat of course, but through the top of the chassis the air was blowing out as well as in the back over the rear I/O. This design not only kept temperatures in this smaller enclosure near what I see in many mid tower cases, the positive pressure should keep dust out as well. In the end I feel that for what SilverStone delivers with the Grandia Series GD06 HTPC chassis, the pricing of $129.99 is very reasonable. Those in search of an attractive yet subdued HTPC chassis to add to their home theater, I strongly recommend you look to SilverStone and the GD06 to fill that void.


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