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Written by Dan Ferguson   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
SilverStone SST-GD06B HTPC Chassis Enclosure
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

SilverStone SST-GD06B HTPC Enclosure Review

Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology Co., Ltd.
Product Name: GD06
Model Number: SST-GD06B
Price As Tested: $129.99 at NewEgg or $122.00 at Amazon

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone

In this article Benchmark Reviews gets to evaluate a HTPC case from SilverStone's Grandia line; the GD06. With these smaller cases, space is always an issue. This is becoming increasingly critical as high definition content becomes ubiquitous. Not only do we want to view our new content in more pixels than our brain can even process, but we want to upscale the old content, or view it in 3D, and do it upside down, right side up and inside out. While you're at it give me dish, cable, recording, streaming, email, gaming and the kitchen sink. Oh...and it needs to fit in a single box on my entertainment system. Well, SilverStone is at least trying to provide the box, the rest is up to you. They've expanded on past models to fit even more powerful toys inside your HTPC. Read on to see how model SST-GD06B crams the performance you demand and puts it on your shelf.

When I build an HTPC I'm usually facing one big choice: Either go for performance at the cost of size, or go for space at the cost of performance. If Sure, you could probably fit alot of stuff in an HTPC case if you bought nothing but custom products. Slim cards, small power supplies, high-capacity SSDs, etc. This approach may help keep things small, but it will cost you big bucks and the small size will still limit your performance, especially when it comes to video processing. So if you're looking to use readily available parts and not spend a premium, then you're back to the choice, space or performance.

I've done builds going both routes. Sometimes the shelf-space is the main design factor because I've got the TV, I've got the shelves, and I've got to stick a case on that shelf. I can always do it by going with slim and half-height components, but that puts a cap on performance due to limited selection. Some other builds I have to design around a particular function, say 3D Blu-Ray. So I start with the parts then try to find the smallest case that will fit. Then I've got my mini suitcase HTPC and I'm trying to find the least obtrusive spot in my living room to place this beast.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

Well, Silverstone's GD06 is meant to address this exact problem. Fit full-performance, standard parts into the smallest space imaginable. They did a decent job with the GD05 allowing three hard drives, a full size video card and 4 + 1 expansion slots. Well, they went a step further with the GD06 to keep you on the leading edge of technology in your living room. Check out the features and specifications in the next section to see what they've done, then read on to take a closer look. We'll evaluate the performance of the GD06 based on the ease of build, included features, appearance, the performance provided, and the overall value.

SilverStone GD06 Features

  • Three silent 120mm fans included
  • Positive air pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
  • Incredible 340mm depth to fit comfortably inside home theater cabinet
  • Two front-accessible hot-swap hard drive bays
  • Designed with cable routing for easy installation
  • Support 4 x 3.5” hard drives and 2.5” hard drive or SSD
  • Support expansion cards up to 11 inches
  • Includes two front USB 3.0 ports
  • Front door lock
  • Supports Kensington Lock

HTPC Chassis Specifications

Material

Front Door: Aluminum
Front Panel: Plastic
Body: 0.8mm SECC

Motherboard Micro-ATX
DTX
Mini-ITX
Drive Bays

External: 1x 5.25"
Internal: 4x 3.5" + 1x 2.5"
or 3x 3.5" + 2x 2.5"

Cooling

Rear: 2x 80mm (optional)
Right: 2x 120mm
Left: 1x 120mm

Expansion Slots
4 + 1
Front I/O Ports

2x USB 3.0
1x Headphone
1x Microphone

Power Supply
Standard ATX
(up to 5.9" deep)
Graphics Card
Up to 11"
CPU Cooler
2.75" with ODD
4.75" without ODD
Net Weight
12.3 lbs
Dimensions 17.3" (W) x 5.9" (H) x 13.4" (D)



 

Comments 

 
# RE: SilverStone SST-GD06B HTPC Chassis Enclosurebarry 2012-01-24 12:34
not a bad case, but a few things wrong with it. The 2 front hotswap bays don't operate easily. Had a problem with a Joel @ silverstone as both my hotswap bays were defective. He asked that I send him a copy of my invoice as well as the s/n from the case. That was done last October. After numerous emails to him, he said that they sent out 2 different parcels via post to my house. I never received any of them, making me suspect that he sent anything at all. I've received post mail from Hong Kong with better results, so they've lost my business. Won't be buying anything with the Silverstone name on it in the furure!
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# Recent SST-GD06B BuildBrad 2012-01-24 13:28
I recently built a HTPC using this case and Silverstone's recommended PSU for this case. Only problem was, I couldn't fit the PSU with the fan facing down because the hot swappable bays prevented it. I had to flip the PSU upside down but now the fan blows up instead of down creating heat within the case. Emailed Silverstone and no response. I'm curious as to the PSU that was used by the author as I thought a modular PSU would be the way to go. Not so.

Besides all that, the case is very quiet and love the hot swappable bays. Plus, I like the clean look of the front. It has a very high WAF.
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# RE: Recent SST-GD06B BuildDaniel Ferguson 2012-01-25 22:24
I installed a Rosewill RD400-2SB. It's flipped so the intake fan pulls air in from the bottom of the case and spits it out the back. The PSU enclosure is sealed well enough that the air flow doesn't mix with the case.
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# Have this caseH 2012-01-24 13:36
I bought this case for my current HTPC build. For the price I consider it a ok buy. Couple of things that detracted from the case:

1. If you buy the modular 500w Strider PC that Silverstone sells you HAVE to mount the PSU fan up. Checking at the install pics the reviewer was able to put his PSU fan down where there is a vent. With the modular Strider the location of the power cables made that impossible.

2. Screws. Little screws. No thumbscrews for case. Just screws. Totally agree with reviewer on this.

3. Mount for hard drive/SSD is lame. I ended up sticking my main drive into one of the two hot-swap bays.

4. I actually did not install a DVD drive as I rarely use one and have a stand-alone Blu-Ray player on my entertainment center. This allows you to install up to 120mm height cooler. Not enough for a Hyper212+ or the other tower-style heatsinks, but a Gemini 2 fits fine. I have an external DVD drive if I ever need to use one.
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# Looks OKMergatroid 2012-01-24 16:21
I see a lot of HTPC builds at overclock.net. Many of them use full sized HD6950 or 6970 cards. It's amazing what you can squeeze into some of these things. I've even seen tiny little cases with an H50 or H60 installed along with a video card.

I always find it funny when I see a case that uses the same cheap $2.59 filters I used on some of my 120mm fans in my current builds. I only used those filters because there was nothing else handy, I wonder what SilverStone's excuse is?
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# RE: SilverStone SST-GD06B HTPC Chassis EnclosureFelix 2012-05-09 19:46
This case is a no-go. Too many problems. In addition to what reviewer and other commenter said, my take:

1) No place to put a card reader. Surely, a card reader is essential for HTPC.
2) The front door is unnecessary and a liability. Better to have easy access like AV receivers. A big problem is door blocks the USB ports, where one port will most likely be used to plug in a wireless keyboard/mouse transceiver. Such a transceiver must face the front in order to have adequate range. So why have a door block it?
3) Why a need to have hot-swap trays for HD? Who asked for such a thing in a HTPC? It is better to have 2 5" openings for 2 optical drives.
4) One must be able to install a standard size PS of any design.

I have seen better HTPC case design of the same size.
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