Inside the LD01 Continued
Here we see the inside of the rear I/O area. The fixe expansion slots, as mentioned previously, run straight up to the roof, so plan your build out wisely before committing to mounting cooling up there.
Here we get a peek behind the veil into the cable management area. The LD01 has several cable management loops for zip ties along with preinstalled Velcro straps, which hold the front I/O cabling during transport. This area has a sizable gap and will work quite well for managing your cables, such as your main ATX 24-pin cable, which will run up this side. Down below, we also see the three 3.5" drive trays in the movable cage. One thing to note is that the HDD cage cannot be removed entirely as I had assumed before, so you will have to choose between a larger PSU or a front mount cooling solution when building in the LD01.
Here we see the three trays for 3.5" HDD mounting. The trays are tool-less for 3.5" drives but can also mount 2.5" drives, which would require screws.
Here we see the PSU area, and it is a fairly standard location with rubber pads for the PSU to rest upon. The HDD cage at its rearmost position will have a tough time fitting a 160mm PSU, and modular PSUs are necessary for the LD01. SilverStone does have a 140mm based 1000W PSU, which is what we use for all of our case testing, so no worries on PSU fitment, but keep it in mind if you are using a 160mm or larger PSU.
The cables for the front I/O of the LD01 is as follows:
- HD audio connector
- Power button and power LED connector
- 20-pin USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector (feeds USB Type-C port)
- 20-pin USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector (feeds 2x USB Type-A ports)
Here we see how the front I/O connects to your PC. As previously mentioned, SilverStone has used a 20-pin header for the USB-C, which is strange since you have to use a host card that takes up limited PCIe resources for a port that has a native port on the last couple generations of motherboards. SilverStone does offer a PCIe add-in card that provides full USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps to a USB 3.2 Gen 1 20-pin header, but I would like to at the least see an adapter to connect to a native internal port, or even just the gen 2 onboard port supported by default.
Last updated: Jan 8, 2020 at 06:11 am CST