|SilverStone SST-GD06B HTPC Chassis Enclosure|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Wednesday, 11 January 2012|
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Closer Look: Interior
Ok, it's time to talk about the inside of SilverStone's GD06. Before I start, let me just say that this is an HTPC case. A form-factor case. A small case. For some reason, the rules with these things are different. I don't know if they require more engineering, or cost more to make, or design, or what...but for the same price, you get less physical material, fewer "real" features for the same price as other cases. Maybe someone can fill me in on the reason.
To get the lid off you have to remove three, yes three screws. Let me say now that nothing in this case is tool-less. In fact, you can't even use one screwdriver for the entire build. UGH!! So take the cover off and you get the interior pictured above. On the left is the ODD tray and the motherboard area, and on the right is the hot-swap bays (top) and ... uh ...miscellaneous area. Under the miscellaneous area sits the PSU's home.
In order to perform a full install you basically have to remove everything in the case save the fans. The hot-swap assembly must come off. Before taking it off you need to open both hot-swap drive doors. With them open you can see inside that there are no alignment rails, no screw holes, just the SATA ports at the back. You can see that the SATA ports have a data cables and four power wires coming out from each connector. We'll show these later. With the doors open you remove four screws that keep the assembly attached to the frame. These screws are different sizes, so you need to keep track.
Remove the ODD tray (4 more screws) to get nearly full access to the case. With everything removed we can take a closer look at the fans. Above is a shot of the left fan. All the fans come with decent lengths of power cable and filters similar to the one on the PSU intake. You can also see the PSU mounting area butts up against the left fan. Don't worry, it'll accept the standard length ATX power supply.
The right side fans are exactly the same as the one on the left, but they consume the entire side of the case. With three fans included by default it would have been nice if SilverStone could have included an adapter to have them all connected. A small thing that makes things more convenient.
If you want the entire case to be open then you'll need to remove the cross-bar that braces the front and back panels. That takes another two screws. So that's 10 screws for a comfortable build, and make sure to keep track of where they go. The GD06 has four expansion slots to fit a micro-ATX case plus one additional slot oriented horizontally above the PSU. Like the PSU, any card in this slot is limited to 5.9". This space I called the miscellaneous space since it can house a PCI bracket/card, a hard drive, or both. The next section will discuss how.
Next we'll get slightly more intimate with the inside of the GD06 including a simple build.