Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case

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Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case

March 22, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Silverstone Grandia GD05/04
microATX HTPC Case
Market Price

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 FT01.

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.

Specifications: Silverstone Grandia GD05
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-GD05B (Black)
Material Aluminum skin over plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body
Motherboard Micro ATX, Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bay External 5.25" x 1
Internal 3.5" x 2, 2.5" x 1 or
3.5" x 1, 2.5" x 2
Cooling System Rear 2 x 80mm fan slots (optional mounting)
Side Right: 2 x 120mm intake fans, 1200rpm, 20dBA
Left: 1 x 120mm intake fan, 1200rpm, 20dBA
Also compatible with 80mm fan
Expansion Slot 5
Front I/O Port USB 2.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply Support standard PS2 (ATX)
Expansion Card
Support graphic cards up to 11 inches.
Net Weight 4.7kg
Dimension 440 mm (W) x 150 mm (H) x 325 mm (D)

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