SilverStone Grandia GD09 & GD10 HTPC Cases

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Assembly is not particularly difficult as the components of the chassis that get in the way during the process, the drive cage and support bar, are both removable. Users need to be picky about choosing a CPU cooler as down-blowing models have height-restrictions well below the specified limit if the drive cage is left in place. Much of the cabling is on the left side of the case and care needs to be taken to ensure they do not impede airflow from the intake fan.

Our test system fully assembled with an Asus GTX 980 and Noctua NH-L12 heatsink. The cooler is 93 mm tall, well within the 138 mm specified height limit, but it's wide enough to interfere with the drive cage, necessitating its removal. With the cage in place, large down-blowing coolers are limited to approximately 65 mm.

Hoops are provided on the case floor to help wrangle loose cables but using the left side fan's mounting holes is a convenient alternative.

To install the 3.5 inch drive in this position, a small metal bracket is used to affix the bottom of the drive to the chassis interior.

There is about 2.4 cm of space next to our 28.8 cm long video card. A longer PCB may bump into the SATA power connector of the front-mounted drive unless a right-angle plug is used.

The heatpipe of our GTX 980 juts outward, exceeding the GPU width slightly. However, the top panel slides on without difficulty and without a visible bump in the middle.

It is possible to use a tower cooler with the drive cage in place but your mileage may vary. Pictured above is the Xigmatek SD-964, an old 51 mm thick heatsink, centered over the CPU socket, and a 17.0 cm long optical drive (the shortest model we have in the lab) positioned flush with the front panel.

As you can see, with our system, you can put the heatsink's 92 mm fan on the back side, but there's absolutely no room for the drive cables. However, keep in mind this is an FM2+ motherboard, so the CPU position is about 2 cm closer to the front of the enclosure than a typical LGA115x model. That's enough extra space to hook up the drive with right-angle cables.

Right angle cables are also required if you have a long graphics card and plan on using a 3.5 inch drive in the cage. There's only 15 mm of separation between the two components.

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