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These recordings were made with a high resolution, lab quality, digital recording
system inside SPCR's own 11 dBA ambient anechoic chamber, then converted to
LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no
audible degradation from the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent
a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review.
Each recording starts with ambient noise, then 10 second segments of product
at various states. For the most realistic results,
set the volume so that the starting ambient level is just barely audible, then
don't change the volume setting again while comparing all the sound files.
Though it shares the similar conservative look of previous Grandias, the GD08
is unapologetically large, attempting to offer everything you would expect from
a full tower case in a desktop style chassis. Heck, if you stood the case on
its side, the internal layout would be almost indistinguishable from that of
a standard tower. It may be too big for some, but added size has its advantages,
namely better cooling, and support for up to eight 3.5 inch drives.
In a battle of desktop cases, the GD08 humiliated the more compact Fractal
Node 605 in both thermal and acoustic performance. Against traditional
towers, it traded blows with the Fractal
Define Mini, despite giving up 8 liters in size and having to use a
less proficient CPU heatsink due to height limitations. The drive cage is cleverly
designed to accommodate a mix of 5.25, 3.5, and 2.5 inch drives, while also
allowing the option of long graphics cards. The cage is also removable and padding
at various points keeps the cage and top cover from vibrating against each other.
The fans are fairly smooth sounding and efficient, though at this price-point,
we were expecting some kind of fan control option. Still, given the ubiquity
of motherboard-embedded fan control systems these days, this is not much of
The GD07 should perform the same, as the chassis is almost identical. The GD07
exchanges the 3 x 3.5 inch drive section on the right side for an extra pair
of side-mounted 5.25 inch external bays, and adds a full-facia aluminum door.
Frankly, we don't understand why anyone would need four optial drive bays at
a time when such discs are increasingly going the way of the dodo bird. You
could use it for docking bays to plug and play bare hard drives but we don't
see this as a common usage case in a media PC. The front is also quite unattractive
when the door is open.
The SilverStone Grandia GD07 and GD08 retail for approximately US$140
and US$150 respectively, putting them in the upper echelon of the HTPC
case market. Their best in class in performance can be used to justify the high
pricing, but the size of the cases will undoubtedly put some users off. Media
hoarders and archivists certainly will welcome all that storage potential.
Our thanks to SilverStone for the Grandia GD07 & GD08 case samples.
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this article in the SPCR Forums.
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