Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
SilverStone is no stranger to our case reviews, as we have covered several models from them over the years. We have seen SilverStone expand and even lead some unique market trends in the past, and today we have a new Mini-ITX chassis clad in tempered glass, which we will be checking out. The case is of the Lucid series carrying the moniker of LD03.
The LD03 at first glance is a monolith style tower similar to the Shift from Phanteks. This means that the airflow feeds in from the bottom in most cases and exhausts out the top like a chimney. Being a Mini-ITX enclosure, the LD03 can maximize vertical space while keeping the overall footprint rather small.
Key features SilverStone highlights are as follows:
- Tinted tempered glass panels for reserved or expressive styling
- Super mini footprint design with no cables and vents on four sides for excellent integration into any computing environment
- Includes two 120mm fans for excellent airflow and supports up to two 120mm radiators
- Supports 2.5" and 3.5" drives
- Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX motherboard & SFX / SFX-L PSU compatible
- Supports full size CPU cooler and graphics cards
These are decent strong points for a mini tower of this volume, and including three sides of tempered glass should make for a decent little showpiece build. Mini-DTX is a welcome fitment as ASUS just released a new Mini-DTX board for X570, which would make this a potent little contender.
The chassis is the LD03, as mentioned before, and carries a similar model number of SST-LD03B. The B signifies the black color, and I cannot explain how good it feels to have someone use easy part numbers for their PC components. In the days of 10+ alphanumeric digit, MPN's that can be an arbitrary derivative of another model (I'm looking at you Thermaltake) can drive me mad. If you need an example of this, look up the several model numbers for Core P5 chassis and compare the various models for sale vs. the website. But I digress, I am more than happy to see SilverStone still offering an easily identifiable product naming and MPN combo.
The LD03 measures in at 26 liters and 414mm high, 265mm wide, and 230mm deep. This is a minimal footprint case for what it is, especially when you consider that the tempered glass panels stick off the chassis by up to 24mm on the main panel with 6-7mm on the other side tempered glass panels. Now is as good of a time as any to mention that the tempered glass feels robust measuring in at 4mm based on my PCB ruler and eyeballing it. However, with the chamfered edges, it could be 5mm thickness, it's tough to say, and I did not have a micrometer handy, but the glass is thick and feels as solid as many I have used thus far.
Motherboard fitment for the LD03 is Mini-ITX and also includes the lesser-known Mini-DTX standard, which is good since ASUS just released a pretty sick looking Crosshair VIII Impact, which I think would be awesome in this chassis. HDD fitment is up to one 3.5" or 2.5" drive and one 2.5" drive. So essentially 1x 3.5" and 1x 2.5" or 2x 2.5". With the addition of up to two M.2 ports on current Mini-ITX boards, I think this is acceptable or at least good enough. PSU fitment is SFX or SFX-L, which, as you have probably seen on some of our recent reviews, we have a SilverStone SFX-L 700W, which will fill this nicely.
Cooling fitment, as you can expect with a more compact chassis, will be limited. However, going with a chimney style orientation means we have front and rear, or essentially top and bottom fans, which do come included at 120mm and are DC. Two 120mm fans or radiators are supported, but that's all you get, and being a blow through from top to bottom should work reasonably well similar to the TU150 we looked at recently. If going with an air CPU cooler, it can fit up to 190mm, so virtually no limit. GPU fitment is up to 309mm (12.1") with a height from PCIe slot to the top of 6.6". One thing SilverStone noted was that GPUs should be kept to dual slot as their fitment and cooling is specified for dual-slot cards, and larger may cause thermal issues. I also question what the adjacent glass panel would do.
The LD03 comes to the market at $159.99, which could be merited, but when looking at competition in this range. We have to consider the Phanteks Shift X at $$142.99 and the Standard Shift at $109.99. Add to this the well-accredited TU150, which I mentioned previously coming in at $109.99. SilverStone is going to have to show some tricks and style to match these price concessions for it to be considered a chart-topper here.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-i (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone SX700-LPT Platinum 700W SFX-L (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)