SilverStone Grandia GD09 & GD10 HTPC Cases

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SilverStone Grandia GD09/GD10 HTPC Cases

August 4, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

SilverStone Grandia GD09/GD10

The basic design of the traditional HTPC case comes from a time in the past when people needed a fair degree of computing power to make a media PC in the living room an enjoyable experience. It had to be tall enough to accommodate an optical drive to play DVDs/Blu-rays and multiple hard drives to access/store downloaded/ripped/recorded content. Those who recorded/encoded content on the fly needed a decent CPU and cooling, and a discrete video card for playback was a necessity given the poor state of integrated graphics back then.

Today, the situation has improved so much that media is often streamed over online services and served up on the TV through devices as small as the thumb-sized Chromecast. Pint-sized devices are the rage as well with some being dedicated media extenders like the Roku, while others run Android for some extra versatility. There are even fully functional Windows PCs with a reasonable level of horsepower that can fit in the palm of your hand and use less than 30W. Local content is still big but drive density is so high that most users don't need more than one hard drive, and it's often accessed over a local network from a dedicated home server.

GD09 on the left, GD10 on the right.

Desktop style cases for the living room are still around but they're not as popular as they once were. They've also been getting smaller and slimmer, taking advantage of improvements in PC technology over the last decade. SilverStone has embraced this trend with the Milo series but the aptly named Grandia line has retained much of its size over the years. The latest updates to the family, the GD09 and GD10, are somewhat smaller than the GD07/08, but they're still fairly large, capable of housing a full-sized ATX motherboard and power supply, a 12.2 inch long graphics card, three 120 mm fans, one standard 5.25 inch optical drive, and two 3.5 inch hard drives. With everything in this category seeing substantial downsizing, these cases need to be compelling to justify the bulk.

GD09 on the top, GD10 on the bottom.

As with the last two releases of the Grandia series, there are two nearly identical models available. The GD09 is the plainer of the two, featuring a solid plastic front panel with an exposed 5.25 inch bay, USB and audio ports, and power/reset buttons. The GD10 hides all these behind a lockable brush aluminum door that doesn't take up the entire face. The border between metal and plastic is somewhat jarring and the white lock/unlock indicators are an eyesore, making the plastic model more attractive in my opinion. Both enclosures have a positive pressure airflow system with all the included fans blowing inward; the GD09 has two 120 mm fans included while the GD10 sports three.

The GD10 will be the focus of this review as it is the more capable of the two models, having one extra fan. The two cases are otherwise identical on the inside though, so almost all of my comments will apply to the GD09 as well.

GD10 accessories.

The accessories are packed into a plastic bag tied to the interior of the case. Included are a few zip-ties, a metal bracket for one of the hard drive positions, four rubber isolators for one of the 2.5 inch drive placements, a bag of screws, and an assembly guide. Only the GD10 ships with a key as it's required to secure its front door.

Specifications: SilverStone Grandia GD10 (GD09)
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-GD10B (SST-GD09B)
Material Aluminum door with plastic front panel (Plastic front panel with faux aluminum finish), 0.8 mm steel body
Motherboard SSI-CEB, ATX, Micro-ATX
Drive Bay External 5.25" x 1 (compatible with 3.5” x 1 or 2.5” x 2)
Internal 3.5" x 2 (one compatible with 2.5”), 2.5” x 1
Cooling System Rear 2 x 80 mm fan slot
Side Right: 2 x 120 mm fan (1 x 120 mm fan)
Left: 1 x 120 mm fan
Top Expansion card vent
Expansion Slot 7+1
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
Audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply Standard PS2(ATX)
220 mm maximum, 180 mm recommended
Expansion Card Support cards up to 12.2 inches, width restriction 5.25”
Limitation of CPU cooler 138 mm
Limitation of PSU 220 mm
Net Weight 4.8 kg (4.2 kg)
Dimension 442 mm (W) x 171mm (H) x 362mm (D), 27.4 liters
(440mm (W) x 170mm (H) x 358mm (D), 26.8 liters)
Extra Support Kensington lock
GD09 differences in bold & parentheses.

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