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.

Silverstone GD01S front shot

As you can see there are two panels that you can flip down to reveal various ports and extensions.

silverstone gd01s open

silverstone gd01s drive bays

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.

silverstone gd01s case top

silverstone gd01s

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.

silverstone gd1 front io panel

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 gd01 card reader

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.

silverstone gd01s lcd display

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.

silverstone hd01s side fan

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.

silverstone gd01s rear

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.

silverstone gd01s fans

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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Most Recent Comments

23-03-2007, 14:27:21

Looks nice

Altho it is massive!!

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

23-03-2007, 16:01:06

Aye it is huge, but I spose it helps with thermal dissapationQuote

23-03-2007, 16:47:02

Very pretty case!

Nice review dude, really nice read!Quote

23-03-2007, 19:20:48

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

23-03-2007, 21:32:47

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.Quote

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