SilverStone Grandia GD07 & GD08 Media Center Cases

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SilverStone Grandia GD07 & GD08 Media Center Cases

March 26, 2013 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Grandia GD07
ATX Media Center Case
Grandia GD08
ATX Media Center Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$140
US$150

Size is a major design factor for a media center style PC case. These cases are horizontal so that they don't look out of place with other home theater gear like DVD/Blu-ray players and receivers in a rack or a cabinet. A small footprint is usually high on the priority list. The people at SilverStone behind the latest iterations of the Grandia series don't seem to be concerned about this. The GD07 and GD08 are the largest Grandias yet, but they're not big for big sake; every inch is used efficiently, with most of the added dimensions devoted to storage.

SilverStone Grandia GD08: Product Details
(from the product web page, GD07 differences in bold and italics)
Model No. SST-SG08B (Black)
SST-GD07B(Black)
Material Aluminum front panel, SECC body
Aluminum front door and plastic front panel, steel body
Motherboard SSI-EEB, SSI-CEB, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX *1
Drive Bay External 5.25" x 2 (support optical drive only)
5.25" x 4
Internal 3.5" x 8, 2.5” x2
3.5" x 5, 2.5” x2
Cooling System Rear 2 x 80mm fan slot
Side 1 x 120mm intake fans, 900rpm, 18dBA
1 x 120mm fan slot
Bottom 2 x 120mm intake fans, 900rpm, 18dBA
(backwards compatible with 1 x 120mm fan + 3 x 80mm fans, or 6 x 60mm fans)
(backwards compatible with 1 x 120mm fan + 2 x 80mm fans, or 5 x 60mm fans)
Expansion Slot 7+1
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply Support standard PS2(ATX) up to 220mm, recommend depth is under 180mm *2
Expansion Card Support graphic cards up to 13.6 inches, width restriction-5.25"
Limitation of CPU cooler 138mm
Limitation of PSU 220mm
Net Weight 7kg
Dimension 440mm(W) x 175mm(H) x 425mm(D), 32.7 liters
440mm(W) x 175mm(H) x 435mm(D), 33.5 liters
Extra Support Kensington lock
Remark:
* 1: Motherboard size will affect the size and amount of fans that can be fitted in the bottom panel. Please refer to manual for details.
*2: With optical drive installed, the deepest PSU recommended is 180mm.

The GD07/GD08 are among the larger HTPC cases, at 7 inches tall and 17 inches deep. The two models are very similar, sharing the same build but with a few key differences. The GD08 is equipped with a typical SilverStone aluminum facia while the GD07 has a thicker plastic bezel with an aluminum door. Both support plenty of drives but the GD07 favors 5.25 inch drives with an extra two external bays, sacrificing three internal 3.5 inch mounts in exchange. Fan support is also very good with four 120 mm placements, three of which are located on the bottom panel.


The Grandia GD07 (above) and GD08 (below)..

Of the two, we'd say the GD07's minimalist front is more attractive, but if you want to use the front ports, drive bays, or reset button, the entire door has to be pulled down, not just a discrete flap. The GD08 offers more convenient access but the color of the stealthed drive covers is slightly off and the eject buttons protrude a bit more than we'd like. In this review, we'll focus mostly on the GD08, as its feature-set makes more sense to us.


GD07 Accessories.

Both cases ship with 5.25 inch to 3.5 inch drive brackets, a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 internal cable adapter, a bag of screws and standoffs and a plain paper manual. The only difference is a set of keys is included with the GD07 to secure the door.



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