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SilverStone LD03 Mini-ITX Chassis Review (Page 3)

By Shannon Robb from Nov 5, 2019 @ 11:36 CST
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: SilverStoneModel: SST-LD03B

LD03 Mini-ITX Chassis

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Usually, I would start with a shot of the "front" of the chassis, but well, that would be the bottom since technically the I/O is up top. So this is more the main side panel where you can view your motherboard. I do like the angular design of the main panel; it gives a solid artful aesthetic without being overly "gamer" as some case companies token their more extreme designs. This panel is raised off of the chassis by approximately 24mm with its plastic frame below the glass.

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The top here, we see where your PC will exhaust form the LD03. This is also where you will find the motherboards rear I/O and GPU display outputs. The open mesh-like design gives a fresh look while also providing a nice gap that will allow air to escape should you unwittingly place anything on top of your system. Adjacent to this, we see the chassis I/O as well, which we will look at next.

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The previously mentioned chassis I/O is where we land now. The chassis offers the following starting from bottom to top:

  • HDD LED
  • Recessed reset button
  • Power button with Integrated power LED
  • 2x USB 3.0 (USB 3.2 Gen 1) Type-A ports
  • Microphone and headphone 3.5mm jacks

This is a decent I/O and offers two high speed I/O ports along with everything else you would need. The reset button, I do like its recessed, but this is the style that requires a pen or paperclip to push, so I don't think it will be used often. I would have liked to see a Type-C port here as well to support the new 10Gbps speeds and power delivery capabilities available on many ITX boards these days. An add-in card can achieve faster speeds from SilverStone through the Type-A ports, but then you lose your GPU slot, so that's not necessarily feasible.

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Now we move to the right of the main panel and see the flat glass panel with its angular design. This panel only sticks off the chassis by about 6-7mm and can only be removed after the central panel is removed. If you look toward the top right, you can see the tabs that you press to remove the top vented panel.

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Moving to the opposing side, and we see the same. The angular glass sits very close to the chassis keeping its footprint small. The tabs can be observed again at the top left this time since this is the opposing side of the chassis.

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Here we have the rear of the LD03, and this is directly behind the motherboard tray. The circular ventilation we see at the bottom left is the PSU fan opening. The removable part is the removable dust filter, so you can clean it easily without opening the chassis. To the top right, we see an unfiltered mesh opening. The mesh opening is for GPUs that sit above it so that an axial fan cooler can push air directly out of its bottom section and out this hole. This should help to mitigate some of the thermals, which would otherwise exhaust directly into the main chamber. Up top, we have the removable panel to access the PSU cable pass through and the motherboard and GPU I/O.

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Here, we took off the filter to show it's as simple as pulling it away from the LD03 and then can be cleaned and reapplied.

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The actual bottom of the chassis is where we find the inlet fan. The entire bottom of the LD03 is covered by a removable filter, which you see applied here. There are four plastic feet the LD03 rests on; each has its rubber pad to avoid the chassis moving or sliding on a desk surface. The feet are connected by plastic, which carries over the same styling as we previously saw on the front panels plastics.

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Here we see the lower filter removed. The filter slots into the chassis with two tabs, while the other three corners have snaps that retain the filter into the chassis. We now see why the entire area is covered as there is a cut out here to support a GPU protruding, although I don't think that will be much of an issue unless you try to shoehorn a massive GPU into the LD03.

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