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August 15, 2004 by Ralf
Silverstone's line of cases is quickly evolving into one of the top names on
the market for well built, stylish PC cases. Silverstone only appeared
on the market a bit over a year ago, but you already see their name being mentioned alongside Coolermaster and Lian-Li. They have
made a splash by producing a wide selection of well designed cases, from towers
to desktop/HTPC cases.
Today we'll look at Silverstone's recently released La Scala series SST LC-04, with a sample provided by Sundial Micro. It is an all-aluminum chassis and bezel case
that will fit a full size ATX motherboard yet has fairly small exterior dimensions.
The LC-04 is smaller than earlier Silverstone HTPC-style cases, the
LC-01 and the LC-03. It is about the same size as the LC-02, but thanks to some
slick engineering, takes a full size DVD/CD-ROM drive as opposed to the low-profile
drive required in the LC-02.
The LC-04 is about the same size as a typical
VCR. With its fold-down front door and black color scheme, it should be right
at home in a rack full of Home A/V gear. The LC-04 is fairly well ventilated for
an HTPC-style case with decent vents on three sides and even a
vent on the lid, above the CPU area. There is no case fan supplied with the
LC-04 but there is the provision to mount one on the left side of the case.
The only other provision for active airflow in the case is the 80mm fan in the PSU,
which will act as an exhaust fan.
Case Type: ATX Desktop
Material: Aluminum alloy
Drive Bays: 5.25" x 1(external), 3.50" x 1 (internal)
Expansion Slots: 2
Front Ports: 2 x USB, 2 x Audio, 1 x IEEE1394
Power Supply: TFX 240W w/PFC
Motherboard Compatibility: Standard ATX, Micro ATX or Mini
Dimensions: 16.5" x 5.0" x 12.25" (WxHxD)
The LC-04 came packed in a very sturdy, but unassuming brown
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