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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 Interior Features

Interior features make all the difference when it comes to a build. Most of the cases we review here at Benchmark Reviews deal with the ease of the initial build, swapping out parts, and features for making it go quickly and convenient. HTPC cases are a different beast since the demands on space and shape are so high. But is it impossible to squeeze things and still have an easy build? Well, considering what SilverStone has managed to fit inside the GD06 I can't complain too much.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

Most of the features revolve around the hot-swap assembly. The assembly itself holds two 3.5" hard drives easy to access from the front. But to get to the rest of the drives you have to remove the assembly with four screws of two different styles. The hot-swap drives have a SATA cable and four-pin Molex connector coming from each drive. While I find the combination unusual it shouldn't cause too much of a problem with current PSU designs. The tail-end of the assembly sits above the PSU and can serve multiple purposes. There are four grommet-lined holes on which a 3.5" or 2.5" hard drive can be mounted (shown later). This space is also shared with the fifth PCI slot in one is installed. As long as the expansion card is small then a small 2.5" drive could be installed simultaneously.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

With the hard drive assembly removed the PSU and motherboard can easily be dropped in place. In the picture above you can see the rat's-nest of cables coming from the back of the PSU. SilverStone left space bounded by the hot-swap bays, the left fan and the PSU open so that there would be at least some area to hide away extra cable lengths. There is also significant room between the front panel and the motherboard for tying down more. To make this job easier the GD06 has many anchor points for tie-downs.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

With the motherboard and PSU installed we can put the hard drive assembly back in place. But before doing so, now is the time to attach any extra hard drives. The picture above shows a 3.5" drive mounted in the designated area and supported by a rubber bracket on one side. Also, a 2.5" drive can be stealthily tucked away above the hot-swap bays. It's easiest to mount by sticking it through the front of the top bay and screw it on. So if you're counting, that's four hard drives installed so far.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

It really doesn't matter when the expansion cards are installed, but it's easiest to do while the case is completely disassembled. As shown above you still have room to install cards once the hard drive assembly and support brace are installed, but the PCB on the GPU actually rests under the brace. I should mention at some point that there seem to be some things missing from the package I received from SilverStone. The manual talks about extra PSU support feet that can be used to support the fifth PCI card, USB 2.0 header, and the previously mentioned fan power connector. Not sure if this is the new standard or just an oversight.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

At this point you'll want to finish running, connecting and tying down cables for a clean, finished look before installing the ODD. The ODD tray also requires screw assembly. This is also where SilverStone hid the last HDD mount. Before installing the ODD just slap a hard drive on the bottom side. Screw in the ODD then four more screws to attach the ODD tray back to the frame.

SilverStone GD06 HTPC Chassis

As you can see in the image above, a standard 5.25" external ODD hangs over the CPU when installed. This makes it impossible to install any kind of standard CPU cooler. The distance from the CPU to the ODD is 70 mm and the distance to the top of the case is 120 mm. If you need the extra cooling you'll want to buy either a low-profile CPU cooler or a shorter DVD drive. SilverStone, of course, sells both. Last thing to note from the above picture is the available space for expansion cards. You can fit a video card up to 11" in the GD06.

Building the GD06 wasn't convenient or fast, but everything fit, it looked nice, and there was room to spare. Given my experiences with other HTPC builds I'd have to say it was better than par.



 

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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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