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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

Closer Look: Exterior

I've often heard it said that big things come in small packages. From my experience that's very true of SilverStone's GD06. However, when it comes to packaging the reverse is really true. This rather small thing came in a big package. It was a heavy, well-protected box.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

And it's heavy because the case is heavy, not because of the box or the packaging. And to me that's a good thing. The HTPC is not a computer you ever carry from place to place. It's not a gaming rig or a party machine; it usually sits on a shelf for years. But with all the stuff you can fit inside I suppose you could use it for any of those purposes. But more on that later. The point is that the case is solid; made of steel. It's very high quality.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

I live in a house with kids, and I often worry about stuff I buy that is made cheaply, made of plastic. I've got a giant acrylic sheet on my TV to protect it from flying toys and rough children. So for a gadget that the kids will probably use frequently, I feel secure letting it sit in an accessible location. So this case can go down low where it's easy for everyone to reach. But having it in the open means it's gotta look nice. Well, the GD06 looks nice. With the aluminum door on the front it looks very nice. The door hides away the unseemly ports.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

So as you may have noticed from the specs, the GD06 comes with three 120 mm fans. Two of them are input fans running on the right side, and the other is an input fan on the left side. All three fans are covered with large, steel mesh cut into the side of the case. On the right side of the case they consume almost the entire real-estate leaving little room for any other features or styling. While there are three fans included with the case, more can be installed.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

The back of the GD06 has space above the motherboard I/O for two 80 mm fans. These are protected by the same large grating as the side fans. Chances are that most setups won't require these two fans since the three included fans do a decent job of flowing air through the case. Of course, if you have top-end parts and fill every available space in the case you'll generate lots of heat, and there will be less space for air to flow easily through the case. In that circumstance you may find the extra fan mounts very helpful.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

With all three fans blowing in, the case is setup as a positive pressure case. I'm a big fan of this setup since it means higher pressure inside the case, and higher pressure means better heat transfer. Since all the fans focus on blowing air into the case it also means that the fans can run at lower RPMs to reduce the noise. The fans are arranged so the right-side dual fans pump air into the case along with the PSU fan if present. Any excess pressure buildup is relieved by gratings occupying a small section on the left side, one on the back, the empty PCI slots, and the empty fan mounts. The motherboard is positioned next to the two input fans so the CPU gets the coolest air.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

The expansion slots, including video cards, are oriented almost exactly in the middle of the case. Looking at the top of the case there is a grating oriented exactly above the expansion slots. In fact, the grating is perfectly located as an input grating above the primary PCI-E slot. Depending on the amount of empty space for air to escape, this vent could serve as an input or an output.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

Underneath the case there is one more vent with a filter for a PSU fan. If your PSU does not have a fan then the vent will be another place for air to escape. Based on my usage I found it best to use a PSU with a bottom intake since it kept the entire case cooler. The bottom view of the case also shows the large rubber pads used on all four feet. The back two feet are pure rubber while the front two feet are styled with brushed metal for a more appealing look from the front. To me this seems like a good compromise between cost and looks.



 

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# 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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