When I first received the LD03, I knew SilverStone makes some beautiful cases with some cool features. However, seeing it in person has changed my mind a fair bit in regards to how cool a small-ish enclosure can be. Now before we get too far into me calling it cool, that is not related to temps, but more styling as temps we will talk about next.
During our testing, we saw that the LD03 was a bit of a mixed bag. During our testing, the ambient was measured at 25.5C with a relative humidity of 42%. The LD03 showed the CPU averaging a delta T of 46C over ambient, which is one of the best results we have had for a Mini-ITX build since we refreshed our testing. The GPU, unfortunately, did not fare as well, even being a lower-powered 2060 level GPU with a more than competent cooler, we saw temps average at 41.8 Delta T over ambient. This is about 2C higher than the TU150 we tested recently. One thing to note is the GPU is quite close to the glass, and I think this is a contributing factor. The GPU turns the fans on above 60C so, we saw a 10C rise max over 60 at max temp, which is about 3C higher than we usually see with the control GPU.
Now it's time to look at what we like about the LD03. The LD03 comes with three sides of tempered glass, which is not cheap and ups the style points. The easy removal of panels also adds to the user experience. The chimney layout I feel benefits the LD03 significantly here as it slims down the footprint while allowing the chassis to build upward for maximum air space internally. The removable storage and motherboard trays are a great option, as well as enable you to build some parts outside the chassis to allow adjustment and fine-tuning fitment before getting it fixed into the main chassis. The two included fans were not loud by any means or at least the one I used.
Now we get to what I see as detriments to the LD03, and admittedly there's not a ton. First and foremost would be the lack of top panel USB Type-C. At this price point, I feel like the inclusion of a Type-C is expected. Next would be overall material quality. The chassis overall is excellent, but with all of the panels removed, I found that the bottom panel of the LD03 flexed quite a bit when just pressing with my pinky on the installed AIO. This is not horrible and will damage the case in any way, I happen to know what to expect from SilverStone quality, and I think the massive ventilation they pushed for hurt them a bit on this one. Overall, this is a minor gripe because with the chassis built, there should not be any flex on this end since it is merely the floor of the case and not bearing any meaningful load.
At the price point of $159.99, the LD03 will be tough to beat if this is the style you are looking for. The chimney/monolith style cases are not very common, and the other option would be the Phanteks Shift, which is another option but a bit taller and may not be as sexy of an option for those who love the glass look of the LD03.
SilverStone set out to make an artfully inspired case, and they indeed succeeded at that. If the price is acceptable and you plan out your GPU selection carefully, the LD03 could be the answer to your ITX dreams.
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)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line
SilverStone made quite the spectacle with the new LD03. It has surround tempered glass and a sleek overall design making it a unique option for ITX enthusiasts.