Hi!, I'm going to mount my first gaming microATX-HTPC and Silverstone GD02 is perfect, good-looking and only 36cm depth but I want a dedicated powerful GPU like gtx275 to play 1920x1080 and everybody have told me that GD02 has poor ventilation with only 2x80mm fans and perhaps it's true, powerful GPU's are hot.
Is it really worth wait to GD04? GD04 will be more cold than GD02? Anybody with a high gaming rig and this case could post its experience?
The config for gaming htpc would be:
CASE: Silverstone GD04 ETA??? Silverstone GD02???
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz Box Socket 1156
motherboard:Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 Micro ATX Socket 1156
RAM:Mushkin Essential 10666 DDR3 1333 4GB 2x2GB
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA2
POWER SUPPLY: corsair hx620 OR Scythe Kamariki 4 650 W Plug-in
dvd: Pioneer DVR-216DBK DVD SATA Negra
GPU: Gainward gtx275 golden sample
2XMicrosoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
Thanks in advance!
I have a GD02 with a GTX260 and a Q9550s. The graphics card is right next to the left side, drawing cool air directly from the outside and exhausting through the back. I think the GD02 is better than the GD04 for GPU cooling in that sense. Stressed with Furmark and set to top out at 85C my 260 only speeds up the fan to 50%. The 275 doesn't put out significantly more heat. In a GD04, it seems you would have the hard disks blocking some of the intake air, although I don't know if that's significant.
Silverstone's NT01-E CPU cooler sits around 5mm from the exhaust fans in the back and seems to do a good job of cooling my Q9550s.
Edit: Q9550s@3,4GHz/1,12v gives core temps of 56,57,60 and 61C under Prime95 load.
According to SPCR's review of the i5 750, the 750 draws only 7W more when stressed w TMPEGEnc, so you should have no problem there either. The GD04 has two 120mm fans next to the CPU, but due to the DVD drive placement you can't get a large CPU cooler right next to them.
That said; if the GD04 had been out when I bought my new system, I would have bought that, skipped the internal DVD drive and bought an i7 920 + Ninja Mini. I actually knew the layout of mobo, psu and the two right-side 120mm fans in the GD04 exactly just from seeing a pic of the front panel with the DVD drive moved to the right... Simply because I thought that's the layout the GD02 should have had. Or... not exactly
Move the DVD to the left side and make the case high enough so the cables clear the PSU. That leaves the CPU area completely free for a huge heat sink next to the 120mm fans.
Another note: In a GD02 you need a max 140mm long PSU. 150mm might still fit, but any longer and the DVD drive will be in the way. The GD04 doesn't have this problem.
SST Guy: It would probably be helpful if the Silverstone product pages for these two cases had pics of the case mounted with an NT01-E cooler and a standard length DVD drive. The space for CPU cooler is cramped and/or oddly shaped, depending on how you look at it.