Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case

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The GD05 supports a microATX, mini-ITX, or mini-DTX motherboard, three hard drives (2 x 3.5" and 1 x 2.5" or 1 x 3.5" and 2 x 2.5"), and a standard 5.25" optical drive.

The hard drive tray has robber grommets to reduce the vibrations from 3.5" drives. Notice the series of little rubber pads on the edges and on the center support beam to ensure a tight seal with the top cover and prevent vibrations from being passed on.

The interior with the drive trays removed. The chassis is very strong, as is the top cover, though not as sturdy as Silverstone's tower cases.

Four rubber feet are placed on the power supply prior to installation. This reduces vibration and creates clearance between the fan and the intake vent.

One of the hard drive mounts has an odd rubber holder with a series of slits on the outside for cabling. This contraption is designed to direct airflow toward the top panel vent and away from the drive.

The GD05 interior with our test system assembled. Cabling can be a bit of a nightmare without a modular power supply. The best place to put the bulk of the extra cables seems to be the underneath the optical drive or over the expansion slots if they are unused.

GD05 with our test system fully assembled. The hard drive was placed in the front position directly in the path of the intake fan.

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