SilverStone SST-LC01 HTPC Case

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Removing four standard screws at the back of the case loosens the cover, which is a standard U-shape. The interior layout is simple and uncluttered. Fit and finish is excellent, and the panels are thick enough not to feel flimsy the way some aluminum SFF cases do. There are few edges that would pose any unusual risk for scraps or cuts to the average system builder.

As you can see from the last photo on the previous page and the photo below, there are no ventilation holes on the bottom panel, which seems a shame. The only intake vents are the ones on the side of the cover, discussed on the previous page. There are no provisions for intake fans. The only exhaust is through the 80mm back panel fan and through the PSU.

Center bar connects front and back panels, providing good structural stability.

Each drive bay handles a 5.25" drive on top, and three 3.5" drives below it.
The middle 3.5" bay can be exposed at the front panel.

The left drive bay is not removable, being riveted to the bottom panel of the case. The right one is removable. Three screws need to be removed, and then the drive bay is slid backwards for removal.

Green arrows point to the drive bay mounting holes. The blue arrow shows direction to push for removal.

The removable drive bay.

Here's the obvious way to suspend at least two 3.5" hard drives in one of the drive bays. The other drive bay needs to be left for at least one optical drive.

Nearly an inch of room on either side of the drive when suspending with elastic in this way.

As the photo above shows, there are external slot covers for the top 5.25" bay and the middle of the 3.5" bays that must be removed by undoing screws on either side. Suspending more than one standard desktop HDD is probably achievable on by using the method pictured above, which will limit you to one optical drive.

This would not be an issue with 2.5" notebook drives: Three could actually be suspended in the space for 3.5" drives. They generally make less noise and far less vibration than desktop drives, and many models come close to matching desktop HDD performance. (See Is the Silent PC Future 2.5 inches wide? and notebook drive reviews in the Storage Section.)

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