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SilverStone LD03 Mini-ITX Chassis Review (Page 7)

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

Case Build & Finished Product

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Here we have the system with the completed build in place. You can see that the RTX 2080 Gaming X from MSI has some room to spare and fits nicely over that hole that lets exhaust out. Also of note is that we installed the 120mm H60 from Corsair at the bottom of the chassis to allow inlet air to cool the CPU. This may not always be the best choice as some AIO's will push the air up into the pump, potentially causing cavitation, noise, and potential performance issues. You can install the AIO at the top as well, but we tested it in this way for the review as we observed no fluctuations or cavitation.

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Here we have the side of the chassis in which the GPU takes up space. Here you can see our creative cable management (read: stuffed between the PSU and AIO), and it worked and made quite a nice looking build overall. The GPU takes up a lot of this opening, which is cool, but one point of concern is the proximity of the GPU to the glass side panel. The distance between the GPU and glass panels can cause higher GPU temps as glass by design does not breathe well.

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Now we move to the other side where we see the PSU and its cable routed to the top. We can also see through to the AIO and the GPU backplate. We could also have storage here, but in this case, it was not necessary as we have M.2 storage on this build, and I think as prices continue to plummet, we will see more users adopting M.2 storage for the benefit of compact space savings and less cable mess.

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And here it is, this is the LD03 ready to run and massively blacked out by the smoked glass. This glass is very dark, so if you plan to show off your build, plan on some LED's to make it pop. You can make out some parts due to my studio lighting and bright white background, but in a room with standard lighting, this thing will look like a slippery black monolith.

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Powered on, while the Corsair Vengeance pro RGB does glow brightly, it can only so much. The LD03 looks slick and overall has a clean yet stylish look. I guess all I can say is "Well done SilverStone" this may very well be one of my favorite new ITX cases.

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