Silverstone Grandia GD01S - MXR ATX/mATX HTPC Chassis
Published: 23rd March 2007 | Source: Silverstone | Price: |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...
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.
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.
Aluminum front panel, 0.8 mm SECC body
Black or Silver
Standard ATX, Micro ATX Multimedia:
Multilanguage LCD. IR
remote control iMON media center software
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)
External: 5.25" x 2
3.5" x 1
3.5" x 6 Cooling System
Front: 2 x 92mm or 80mm fan slots Rear:
2 x 80mm exhaust fan, 1800rpm, 19dBA
1 x 80mm fan slot Expansion Slot
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)
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.