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March 22, 2010 by Lawrence Lee
Silverstone Grandia GD05/04
microATX HTPC Case
Home Theatre PC cases are usually of the desktop rather than the tower style
to camouflage itself as an appliance like a DVD player rather than a computer.
As a result many manufacturers focus on fairly low profile cases that limit
the components you can place inside them. It also makes them inherently louder
as the tighter confines are more difficult to cool, a fact that is not helped
by the reliance on small fans which have to spin faster than larger fans.
The Grandia GD05.
GD04: Same case, different facia with stealthed optical drive door.
The Grandia GD05 is imbued with the understated aesthetics Silverstone is
famous for. It's not your typical HTPC case, though, as it has a pragmatic design
that allows good versatility. The GD05 is designed for microATX motherboards,
but it is big enough to fit an ATX power supply, a full-sized graphics card,
a standard 5.25" optical drive, and comes equipped with three low speed
120mm fans all blowing inward to generate positive pressure, following in the
footsteps of the Fortress
The GD05 retails for only $90 USD, while the nearly identical GD04 seems to
cost slightly more. The GD04 is the same case, but it has a stealthed optical
drive cover and is available in silver as well as black. In addition, the GD05's
front bezel is constructed of plastic with an aluminum skin while the GD04's
is all aluminum which also makes slightly heavier. Otherwise, the specifications
are identical. There is no functional difference.
||Aluminum skin over plastic
front panel, 0.8mm SECC body
||Micro ATX, Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX
||5.25" x 1
||3.5" x 2, 2.5" x 1
3.5" x 1, 2.5" x 2
||2 x 80mm fan slots (optional
||Right: 2 x 120mm intake
fans, 1200rpm, 20dBA
Left: 1 x 120mm intake fan, 1200rpm, 20dBA
Also compatible with 80mm fan
|Front I/O Port
||USB 2.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
||Support standard PS2 (ATX)
Support graphic cards up to 11 inches.
||440 mm (W) x 150 mm (H)
x 325 mm (D)
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