Silverstone Grandia GD01S - MXR ATX/mATX HTPC Chassis
External Look: Silverstone GD01S-MXR "Grandia" Media Chassis
The case is certainly great looking from the front and worthy of any media shelf. With brushed Aluminium looks and sleek stealthing.
As you can see there are two panels that you can flip down to reveal various ports and extensions.
Here you can also see the quality of the brushed finish on the case. It certainly has a great finish and would fit right in with top-end audio-visual equiptment. Notice also the mechanism that helps the drive bay to open smoothly. This glides out and gives an extra feel of quality.
The top of the case lets the whole look down a little in my opinion. It's painted steel and whilst this is painted well, it looks slightly out of place compared to the gorgeous brushed aluminium look of the case front.
As we move in to take a closer look at the front panel and connectors something struck me. Yes everything is stealthed away and looks great with the doors closed, but what if you need to plug something in a little more permanently into the front of the case? This is an issue of personal choice but when the case is racked into an AV cabinet you certainly will not want to go fiddling around at the back of the case so I think this could prove an issue.
The front IO panel is the usual standard affair with dual USB 2.0, Firewire and front speaker and microphone ports. The panel is again stealthed with a lovely piece of aluminium that has a smooth opening mechanism.
Silverstone include a 52-in-1 card reader. This is a really great feature of a high end chassis and shows that Silverstone really wanted to add a special element to the case.
The LCD display is an iMon although specs are a little thin on the ground. It is multi-language capable and has infra-red control. I'll take a closer look at this later on but it is certainly a very neat feature and a capable screen. The power switch fits into the subtle look that the case has and the LED's are slightly bright, although not too bad in the dark.
The case has subtle side mounts for 80mm fans behind a neat looking grill. These should help to cool down the components in the case.
The rear of the case is pretty typical of media chassis with the PSU mounted on it's side. Notice that Silverstone have provided a grill to exhaust hot air from the case. Notice also the two fans mounted above the motherboard IO panel space, which should help to keep the components cool.
The fans are rated at 19dba at 1800RPM so they shouldn't be too loud. These are the only fans that Silverstone include with the case so it may get a little toasty in there with high-end components.
Now onto some of the internals...
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