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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

Detailed Exterior Features

Now lets take a little better look at the outside of the GD06. After looking at the main outside of a new case I like to look at the goodies kit to see what's included. SilverStone threw in a basic screws kit, keys to the front door, a manual, and some reusable tie-downs. As usual, the screws come in several different varieties of pitch and shape. They are all Phillips, so we won't be getting any tool-less love from the GD06. As for the reusable tie-downs, I love them. These are my favorite kind. They are strong, flexible, and REUSABLE. I don't have to have a bunch of extra tie-downs sitting around to replace every time I cut an old one off.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

Now for the manual. These days, case manuals are a joke. More often than not they tell you how to do obvious things in a hundred different languages. Some manufacturers do a good job by just using pictures, so you don't have to search through a hundred pages to fin your own language. Well, SilverStone included a beefy 36-page manual in ten different languages with pictures and text. It's not perfect, but it's good. The GD06 chassis is complex enough that I found many times where I had to refer to the manual. They crammed so many things in such a tight space that I had to read-up on how to install all the hard drives. Also, they included lots of critical dimensions for cramming parts into the case. Like what is the space between the bottom and the top, the bottom and the ODD bracket, and even the amount of space inside the front door. All useful and necessary information. It's available online, and I suggest looking through it before buying all your components so you can choose a fit the meets your needs.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

Now on to the front door. It's made of aluminum and feels fairly strong, but the hinges are at least partially plastic, so it won't take tons of abuse. Since the door is somewhat weighty it feels like the hinges are spring supported so the door doesn't slam open. The lock on the front is metal and can be locked using the keys provided. Inside the front door you have access to two USB 3.0 ports, standard audio ports, the power button and two hard drive bays. You'll have to open the front door every time you need to swap a disc, but with the number of drives you can mount, you may as well rip all your discs to the hard drives. Sadly, the front door opens too stiffly to be pushed open by the force of an ejecting ODD tray.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

The hard drive doors are spring loaded and unlatched by a quick slide of the switch. The bays are big enough to admit a standard 3.5" SATA hard drive. Anything larger won't fit, and anything smaller will take too much fussing to be worth the effort. SilverStone says these are hot-swap drive bays. That's true from an accessibility standpoint, but it's only as true as your motherboard allows. I'm slightly disappointed by the doors here. The blank installed on the ODD has a nice brushed appearance that matches the GD06's exterior. But this is the one part that nearly everyone is going to remove. And then the drive doors are just plain, boring, black plastic. It looks worse than the rest of the front which is just a nice matte. At least they could have given it the brush finish like the ODD blank or a glossy plastic like the bezel. Oh well, the front door will be mostly closed anyways.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

Here's a quick look at the filter that covers the PSU intake. It's an ABS plastic cover that removes with four screws, and it holds a fine-quality mesh filter. Again, it would be nice if the HTPC cases could follow suit with gaming and build cases and go too-less. Would be easier to push a tab and slide this thing out than to get out the screw-driver.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

It's interesting that the hot-swap drives have LEDs on their covers. The LEDs turn on whenever power is supplied to the case regardless of whether the bay contains a drive or not. Plus, the door will be closed most of the time, so it's not like they add a ton of styling. There is also an LED on the reset switch. It seems odd to me that the power switch is inside the front cover while the reset switch is on the outside. I use the power switch far more often. I suppose that if I want them switched I can just swap the pins around, but...that means getting out the screw-driver. Read on to see exactly what that entails.



 

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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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