Silverstone Grandia GD01S - MXR ATX/mATX HTPC Chassis
Published: 23rd March 2007 | Source: Silverstone | Price: |Test Setup
To really test the HTPC I installed a fully fledged Core2Duo system:
Intel Core2Duo E6700 @ 2666MHz (1.3v)
abit IN9 32x Max Motherboard
Mushkin PC2 5300
Gainward 8800GTS 640mb
Hitachi Deskstar 7K160
Silverstone Zeus 560w
I installed the system into the case and then installed the iMon software.
I measured the temperature using the abit uGuru temperature monitoring software. The system and PWM temperatures were checked with a thermal probe. Idle temperatures were taken after the PC had been on for 30minutes. Load temperatures were taken after 30minutes of dual F@H. Ambient temperature was maintained at 22°C throughout.
Installation was not easy by any stretch of my imagination. After totally stripping out the case I started by installing the motherboard. Once this was done I installed the power supply, graphics card and memory. It's worth noting that I do have a few cuts and scraped on my fingers as a result of some sharp edges, so be careful.
Wire tidying was an issue, especially as I didn't have a modular PSU around to help me with tidying. I ended up hiding the spare wires somewhat. A power supply made especially for a smaller form factor case would have been a bonus here. However I soldiered on.
The case is very tight but then it is a media chassis so I wasn't expecting miracles. Once the wires had been matched up with where they should go on the motherboard I installed the DVD-RW and the HDD.
The hard drive was a tricky situation as I wanted plenty of room for wires. Here the GD01S shined through. With 6 available bays I was able to install this sideways allowing for loads of room to hide wires and store spares:
However I cannot help but be slightly worried that those with less experience installing PC equipment would go astray. It took me 2.5Hrs to install the system into the case and I had to use some guesswork with some of the wires as the manual does not cover everything there by a long shot.
I would also have to recommend a fully modular PSU to use with the GD01 as otherwise you will end up with a big bundle of wires like mine.
The LCD display
The LCD display provided with the case is an iMon. Once powered on, installation is a pretty simple and hassle free process with no problems. However here the effort is just starting. Now I've configured a few LCD displays in my time but I did find the GD01's iMon to be a rather long winded affair. With multiple screens and programs to change and setup and a whole host of options it's certainly for those who want to really fiddle with their LCD's.
Let's take a look at the LCD itself.