Case Build & Finished Product
The front of the built chassis cannot be seen through at all due to being covered by the radiator. The LD01, thanks to its dark glass panels, should fit well into any environment, including an office or home theatre, since the system is primarily blacked out without LED lighting.
The LD01, while being compact, was reasonably easy to build in. The motherboard being upside down means you have to be a little creative as to how you run cables. We ran the EPS connector coiled in between the PSU and the HDD cage, which then came up through the passthrough in the PSU shroud to feed the CPU. Our 2060 was a bit too short of reaching the GPU support, which was about 10-20mm too short. The main PCIe slot on our Maximus XI Gene is one spot downward, which nullifies the GPU support anyways as it is about 10-15mm too high to benefit from its sag mitigation. As you can see here, the GPU is quite close to the top, which is why we mentioned this previously as a GPU can easily interfere with a GPU should you opt to mount it up top. However, if you happen to liquid cool the GPU, then the top radiator mount can make sense here.
Everything in the rear I/O installed without issue and snapped into or installed into place as expected. The inverted mounting still throws you off, as inverted motherboards are far too uncommon and, therefore, not something we see come across our lab very often.
The cable management for the LD01 is quite simple as there is not a massive space the cables need to span. There is enough space even for sleeved cables should you need to run it up to the motherboard tray mounted 2.5" SSD's. The one thing you will notice is the proximity of the HDD cage to the PSU, which is a 140mm 1000W unit from SilverStone. I do wish that SilverStone enabled the LD01 with slotted mounting to fine-tune the positioning to your needs versus the existing mount, which only has a few fixed positions. This kept us from giving ourselves better cabling space, as moving to one of the other cage positions would have impeded our AIO installation. I also think complete removal of the HDD cage is an option that would be very welcome for most users.
When powered off, even with our thousands of watts of studio lights barely lets the white backdrop shine through the rear fan mounting through the panel. This means in any ordinary room; the LD01 will be a slick stealth black tower.
Kicking on the test rig and the RGB lit devices come to life. The LD01 does an excellent job of still shrouding the system with only the bright lighting showing up a bit. Overall the system still carries an extremely blacked out look. If you were looking to showcase your hardware, you would want some bright LED strips to illuminate the interior.
Last updated: Jan 8, 2020 at 06:11 am CST