Silverstone Grandia GD01S - MXR ATX/mATX HTPC Chassis

Introduction, Packaging & Specification

Introduction

Silverstone have shown that they have the stuff to really make some nice cases. Recently we reviewed one of their larger chassis, the TJ09. This time around we are taking a look at one of their smaller HTPC media chassis.

The Grandia GD01 is a desktop size case that is designed to tempt your PC away from it's lonely desk and goad it into joining the amplifier underneath your TV. How does it live up to it's ostentatious settings? We put it there and see...


Packaging

Unfortunately due to the abuse that the case suffered at the hands of the couriers I cannot show you a picture of the packaging that resembles what should be coming through your door as mine is in a terrible state. I will try to get some images off of Silverstone as soon as possible.

You can see that the box follows the understated black look that is a theme of almost all Silverstone packaging. This serves to give the case a professional look on the shelves and should certainly tempt those who like quality stuff to take a closer look.

Inside the box we see that the case has easily survived the bumpy ride it was given. Layers of foam and plastic coating mean that the case remained unscathed during it's ordeal.

silverstone gd01 packaging


Package

Box out of the way I eagerly scraped back the wrapping and opened up the bundle inside.

silverstone gd01 package

There is certainly a fair amount in there with ample screws to suit anyone's needs, ATX power extension for the LCD, foam pads to keep the noise down, a users manual and CD as well as a remote control.

remote control

The remote is rather a big and ungainly affair but in fairness it has to control quite a lot. We'll come onto the remote in use later on.

Overall a pretty nice package with Silverstone delivering their usual high standard of bits in the box.


Specification

Material:
Aluminum front panel, 0.8 mm SECC body

Color:
Black or Silver

Motherboard:
Standard ATX, Micro ATX
Multimedia:
Multilanguage LCD. IR
remote control iMON media center software

Model:
SST-GD01B-R (black, card reader) SST-GD01B-MXR (black, multimedia, card reader)
SST-GD01S-R (silver, card reader) SST-GD01S-MXR (silver, multimedia, card reader)

Drive Bay:
External:
5.25" x 2
3.5" x 1

lnternal:
3.5" x 6
Cooling System
Front:
2 x 92mm or 80mm fan slots Rear:
2 x 80mm exhaust fan, 1800rpm, 19dBA
Side:
1 x 80mm fan slot
Expansion Slot
7
Front I/O Port:
USB2.0 x 2
IEEE1394 x 1
audio x 1
MIC x 1
52-in-1 card reader

Power Supply :
Optional standard PS2 (ATX)

Net Weight:
7 kg

Dimension:
430 mm (W) x 170mm (H) x 430 mm (D)

And the 52-in-1 card reader specification:

Card reader support:

Smart Media - SM, SSFDC, SM Ram, XD
Compact Flash - CF I, CF II, Hitachi Microdrive,IBM Microdrive, Magicstor, HS-CF, Extreme CF, Extreme III CF, Ultra CF, Ultra II CF, Ultra-X CF
Secure Digital - SD, HS SD, Extreme SD, Extreme III SD, Ultra SD, Ultra II SD, Ultra II SD plus, SD Elite Pro, *Mini-SD, *Micro SD, *T Flash, *C-Flash
Multimedia - MMCI, MMCII, HS MMC, DV-RS-MMC, *MMC Mobile, *RS MMC, *RS MMC Mobile, *HS RS MMC
Memory Stick - MS, MS Magic Gate, MS Pro, MS Pro(MG), Extreme MS Pro, Extreme III MS Pro, HS MS Pro, HS MS MG Pro, MS Select, MS Pro Ultra II, *MS Duo, *MS Duo(MG), *MS Pro Duo, *MS Pro Duo(MG), *HS MS Pro Duo, * HS MS MG Pro Duo, *MS Pro Duo Ultra II, * MS Rom


Here we see that the case is a pretty robust size and certainly not a very small form factor.
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Most Recent Comments

23-03-2007, 13:58:00

FarFarAway
Need a nice case to put under your TV?

Take a look

23-03-2007, 14:27:21

equk
Looks nice

Altho it is massive!!

Nice review I like the images of the LCD on the front

23-03-2007, 16:01:06

FarFarAway
Aye it is huge, but I spose it helps with thermal dissapation

23-03-2007, 16:47:02

Toxcity
Very pretty case!

Nice review dude, really nice read!

23-03-2007, 19:20:48

Luffy
Great review. Looks to big and too expensive for me though.

23-03-2007, 21:32:47

Allsorts
Nice work! It's always fun trying to squeeze everything into an HTPC case and then tidy the wiring. The inside looks quite spacious with everything installed and no doubt those 80mm fans help to keep the temperature reasonable as well.
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