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Written by Bruce Normann   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
SilverStone Grandia SST-GD07B HTPC Enclosure
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Grandia GD07 Build Notes
Final Thoughts
SilverStone Grandia GD07 Conclusion

SilverStone Grandia SST-GD07B HTPC Case

Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology Co., Ltd.
Product Name: Grandia Series GD07
Model Number: SST-GD07B
Price As Tested: $139.99 in Silver or Black (Newegg / Amazon)

Full disclosure: The product used in this review was supplied by SilverStone

The latest HTPC cases from SilverStone's Grandia line are the newly launched GD07 and GD08. They're both full-sized cases that can handle standard ATX motherboards and full length, high-end video cards. Today, Benchmark Reviews will explore the GD07, which features a full-width, lockable, aluminum front cover. The GD07 may not be slim, but it's still sleek looking, with an air of elegance.

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Space has been a constant factor in HTPC case design, ever since the beginning of the genre. Consumers want sleek, fashionable components in their living rooms, not big tower cases with exposed drive bays and fans bulging out on all sides. There are certainly a host of small, svelte boxes available that work with a mini-ITX motherboard, or even a micro-ATX system. They can do an excellent job of serving up basic home theatre needs in style, especially in a fully networked environment where your primary storage requirements can be met by other servers tucked away out of sight.

Trouble is, the long-predicted convergence is going to come around and bite you. Want to do a little gaming on your skinny HTPC - not the best experience. 3D's even tougher. Want to transcode some of your videos and upload them to your tablet - that takes too long. Want to use your NAS for backup, instead of front-line storage - better make space for some more drives. Reality is, if you want your live-in PC to be all that it can be, you probably need a more muscular form factor. Who needs a glorified DVR, running Windows?

Silverstone's GD06 addressed this situation, with a self-imposed limitation of a micro-ATX motherboard. You can certainly get some stellar performance out of today's uATX boards, but it's easier with full ATX; you have so many more choices. One more thing the GD07 and GD08 bring to the table is a huge amount of space for internal storage.

SilverStone GD07 HTPC Server Case Features

  • Positive air pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
  • Support expansion cards up to 13.6 inches
  • Supports Extended ATX motherboard
  • Quick access filters to prevent dust buildup
  • Lockable front door and power button ensure security of system and drives
  • LED indicator with adjustable brightness
  • Impressive storage capacity of up to eleven drive bays

SilverStone GD07 HTPC Server Case Specifications

  • Material: Aluminum front door and plastic front panel, steel body
  • Model: SST-GD07B (black)
  • Motherboard: SSI EEB, SSI CEB, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX *1
  • Drive Bay: Exposed - 5.25" x 4, Internal - 3.5" x 5, 2.5" x 2
  • Cooling System:
    • Side - 1 x 120mm intake fans, 900rpm, 18dB, 1 x 120mm fan slot
    • Rear - 2 x 80mm fan slot
    • Top - oversized vents
    • Bottom - 2 x 120mm intake fans, 900rpm, 18dBA
      (backwards compatible with 1 x 120mm fan +
      2 x 80mm fans, or 5 x 60mm fans)
  • Expansion Slot: 7 + 1
  • Front I/O Port: USB 3.0 x 2, audio x 1, MIC x 1
  • Power Supply: Support standard PS2 (ATX) up to 220mm, recommend
    depth is under 180mm *2
  • Expansion Card: Support graphic cards up to 13.6 inches
  • Limitation of CPU cooler: 138mm
  • Dimension: 440mm(W) x 175mm(H) x 435mm(D)


*1: Motherboard size will affect the size and amount of fans that can be fitted in the bottom panel.
Please refer to manual for details.
*2: With optical drive installed, the deepest PSU recommended is 180mm.



 

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# water cool cpu?Dunpeal 2012-07-05 10:34
Could you put a corsair h80 on there? With the Gt640 (I think) would it be better to maybe put one of those cards in instead of a full blown card? I understand you were just testing, but maybe Silverstone is thinking of the HTPC audience and I don't think many of them get such long cards. Cabling leaves a lot to be desired. Personally i would like to see slot loaded hard drives, or hot swappable. Like some of the new cases that have the circuit board with sata power and sata cable where you just slide in the hard drive and then the back can be nice and flush with maybe the connections for it more desirable for cable management. Then again I have never built a HTPC before.
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# No, and Yes.....Bruce 2012-07-05 11:08
I think the thickness of the radiator/Fan sandwich would cause interference in all of the 120mm fan locations, unless you went UGLY and put it outside the case. The locations on the side would hit the motherboard components, ATX CPU power connection, or the DIMMs. The bottom-mounted locations don't have enough space beneath the drive carriage. It probably wouldn't be very efficient to just mount the radiator and let the positive case pressure push air through it. So I don't recommend that option either. The more I look at it, the less likely it seems. If somebody made a twin 80mm miniature rig, it would fit very nicely on the back panel... but I haven't ever seen one.
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# 3/4 length cardsBruce 2012-07-05 11:21
Shorter video cards will work fine. It's a balancing act, as the bigger the heat sink is on the video card, the less work the fan has to do and it can run quieter. Fan noise is a critical issue for HTPCs, and that Gigabyte card I tried to use was very quiet when I tested it. That's what prompted me to pull it first from the shelf.

I think that's a great idea, to build in hot-swap bays for the drives. The tighter the packaging is, inside the case, the more I despise the SATA power cabling design. Most people think that hot-swap bays are just beneficial for quick drive swaps, but they clean up the cabling mess quite nicely, too. I haven't seen anyone use them on an HTPC case, but it make a whole lot of sense! THIS is why manufacturers read our reviews, to get smart ideas from our readers...! {B^D
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# Fan controllerDr Zaf 2013-08-08 16:28
How much space is there behind the front door? I thought you would talk about it...
Could fan controller knobs fit in there? For instance, a Scythe server?
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# Space Behind Front PanelBruce 2013-08-08 19:13
Look at the sixth picture on the Build Notes page. You should be able to estimate from that. I didn't measure the clearance.
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