When I first received the LD01, I felt like it was definitely an ambitious entry based on the specs and the fitment it boasted. When testing, I did find it to be a bit too eager, but with some of the notes I have made during this review, I hope we can see another chassis of this size with some milder modifications that could make it a truly unique option on the market.
In testing the LD01, we had a measured ambient of 22.1C with an RH of 45%. The CPU with the H100i we saw an average delta over ambient of 48.1C, which is not the best we have seen but somewhat expected with the only chassis fans being the AIO itself. The thermals would undoubtedly get better as the fan arrangement is tuned for your build. The GPU showed an average delta over ambient of 43.4, and once again, with more internal airflow, this would help a bit. However, being that the GPU is up top, it's not in the direct airflow path like we see in most standard tower chassis, so higher GPU temps are kind of expected. I would guess a fan up top near the GPU could help evacuate heat and air recirculation help the GPU breathe more efficiently.
Now we look at what we like about the LD01. First up, if undoubtedly the aesthetics. The LD01, with its blacked-out glass, looks like a solid, slick black tower. The LD01 looks like a silky smooth stealth enclosure, and the glass makes it look seamless and almost like a black fluid due to the reflectivity. The inverted design grabs your attention and adds another unique view as the LD01 shows your parts on the opposite side of most chassis. The ability to fit multiple 240/280 radiators is excellent, although you will need to note the fitment concerns mentioned throughout the preceding pages.
Now let's talk about some of the things I don't like as much or would like improved in the LD01. First up would be the native USB-C connector, I think, in a modern chassis that expecting users to get anticipated performance from the Type-C port to use one of their PCIe slots when most all modern boards have the port natively is a bit silly. The inability to remove the HDD cage is a blunder, which is just as confusing as it is inconvenient. Removal of the HDD cage would omit the potential interference with the PSU or front mount AIO depending on your configuration. I also think that the HDD cage mounting holes being slotted instead of precisely fixed would be a significant advantage for builders.
Comparing notes from earlier when we looked at the competition for the price, the LD01 is tough to beat as far as aesthetics go. If you plan your build according to the limitations we have listed, you can make a quite capable rig. One thing worth reminding is the absence of fans, which in this, means you must consider fans into your budget as well. The extremely dark opacity of the glass means this chassis can fit basically anywhere, and you can internally light the chassis as much as you want to match your aesthetic preference.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (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 Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Jan 8, 2020 at 06:11 am CST
The Bottom Line
SilverStone has a great concept with the LD01, and if you mind the limitations, it is a truly beautiful chassis - just add fans.