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The GD05's front facia is almost the same size as that of the now-classic Antec
Fusion or NSK2480. It's a centimeter taller (14cm vs 15cm) but the same
44cm width. Those seeking to match their traditional-look A/V components should
find the familar look comforting. The GD05's depth (from front to back) is shorter
than the majority of HTPC cases, however, measuring just 32.5cm. The aforementioned
Fusion, in contrast, 41.4cm, is nearly 9cm or 3.5" deeper.
This difference is significant: The total volume of the GD05 is about 21.5
liters, compared to 25.8 liters for the Antec Fusion/NSK2480 or the 31
liters of Silverstone own "full size" HTPC cases such as the GD01
or LC17. In fact, the overall size is close to the 19.2 liters of Antec's
much lower profile but considerably deeper Antec
NSK1480. Unlike the slim NSK1480, however, the GD05 has the cooling and
noise benefit of three 12cm fans; the former case is only tall enough to accommodate
8cm case fans.
The front bezel has the familiar brush aluminum surface for which
Silverstone is well known. There are two USB ports, and a pair of front
audio ports (line-out and mic).
The left side of the case is home to a single 120 mm fan near the
Silverstone doubles up on fans on the opposite side close to the CPU
position. Note the relatively shallow 13" depth. This can be very useful
to fit into the often-shallow shelves of cabinets made to house typical
The power supply goes on the right side underneath the expansion slots.
The slot covers are ventilated and there is a small exhaust port on the
top cover as well. There are also a pair of 80 mm fan placements above
the I/O shield if the provided 120 mm fans are insufficient.
One side of the front bezel has an odd little twist as if someone
had pressed that portion inward. It is deliberate but doesn't appear to
have any function. The power supply intake is located on the bottom of
the case and is filtered.
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