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SilverStone Grandia GD09 (Svart)

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    SilverStone Grandia GD09 & GD10 HTPC Cases

    ConclusionConsidering the overall size of the GD09/GD10 compared to a typical tower enclosure, it performs admirably under hot and heavy conditions, but only if you remove the incredibly restrictive dust filters. That leaves the fans almost entirely exposed, ruining its aesthetics and allowing dust to get sucked in with impunity. The positive pressure setup used is efficient but unfortunately, the filters are equally efficient at choking airflow. The result is high temperatures and high fan speeds to tame the extra heat which leads to considerable additional noise. Although we didn't do it, some simple modifications of the filters to reduce the impedance could be helpful. In this day and age, full ATX for a HTPC doesn't make really sense unless you plan on multiple add-on cards, particularly video cards, which the cooling system can't handle. If you take gaming out of the equation, you could shrink it further to mini-ITX without sacrificing a thing. Being a bigger case doesn't free it from compatibility issues either. Some of the unusually large video cards may not fit and downblowing CPU coolers are limited in height unless the drive cage is jettisoned, depending partly on motherboard layout. SilverStone could have addressed this issue by outfitting the chassis with a slim optical drive bay. Furthermore, right-angle power and data connectors are required for 3.5 inch drives if a video card of appreciable length is used. The GD09/10 fill a gap for those who want ATX compatibility but don’t want a typically bigger HTPC case like the GD07/GD08 and other models before it. Their design is versatile and clever to get ATX capability in just 27 liters volume. But there are numerous smaller alternatives and perfectly capable HTPC gear to fit those smaller cases. I do like the internal design, build quality, and ease of assembly, but ATX may be overkill for a modern HTPC. If you need both optical drive and a full-sized graphics card in a HTPC, GD09 and GD10 are OK choices. There really isn't much serious competition for them in this product category, and all other ATX HTPC cases are bigger. I prefer the GD09 to over the GD10 as it's cheaper and has a cleaner look. The GD10's locked up front panel is useful if you have mischievous children/pets who enjoy poking at ports and buttons.

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    Conclusion Notes: Cooler testing was performed on AMD’s Kaveri 7850K APU. 3.7GHz Idle Load AR02 38°C 55°C   4.7GHz Load AR02 72°C   ST60F 40°C 150w 300w 450w 600w 3.3v 2.98v 3.30v 3.30v 3.31v 5v 4.99v 5.01v 5.00v 4.99v 12v 1 11.988v 11.999v 12.001v 12.000v Efficiency 91.5% 92.4% 92.1% 91.7% Noise Level (PSU Only) 11dB 15dB 25dB 31dB   Ambient Temp 25°C Exhaust Temp 26°C 27°C 32°C 34°C   Oscilloscope AC Ripple (mV p-p) +3.3 +5 +12 600w 23 17 43   Starting with the PSU we have a product which takes a no frills approach but manages to keep quality and performance high. The casing for example is sturdy and the paint applied well. The braiding is decent and in terms of our results the rails were stable, efficiency good and temperatures and noise all within reasonable levels. Moving to the cooler we have what I think could be our first CUTE heatsink… never thought that would happen but the AR02 has something about it that makes it cute. Its compact, it looks good and the Silverstone fan mounts and retention bracket are great. We liked them on AR03 and they are the same here. We also found the temperatures to be decent which is the main thing… this isn’t a cooler for an overclocked high end i7 but for any “normal” build it is great. That brings us to the GD09. Let’s get the negatives out of the way first… there are a few design aspects which we would have changed. Firstly we would move the drive bays over to the right of the system. This would allow us to hide the PSU wiring underneath. It also has the added bonus of freeing up the area around the CPU cooler as that is quite tight as is… actually we would design the case in a way that the bays could be left OR right mounted to maximise compatibility. There is a lip in the back, bottom edge of the case which really shouldn’t be there, it will gather dust… and there should be more thumb screws, especially on the top panel. Switching the front panel connectors and power/reset/leds round would also keep wiring more tidy as they would be close to the usual locations for headers on boards. We also noted that on our board which featured a molex power socket on the bottom edge there was no room between it and the PSU to plug it in. So watch out for that… finally a cut away, rather than holes for the PCIe bracket screws is always preferred. On the positives, building in the case is really easy. It’s a nice big empty chamber with plenty room to move without a PSU or drive cage. The case feels sturdy and we have plenty of options for compact and ATX motherboards along with good sided graphics cards. Overall there are a few too many design tweaks for us to award the GD09, though if the ones listed don’t concern you it will look good with other HTPC equipment. And it is worth noting that Silverstone do offer larger versions (GD07/08) which don’t suffer the same issues that arise from trying to make a compact chassis. The PSU and cooler on the other hand get our recommended awards. Good quality units which achieve their design goals well. ST60F PSU & AR02 Cooler