Silverstone GD02 HTPC Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 04-01-2008
Provided by: Silverstone

Silverstone has been in business since 2003 and offers many different computer products from cases and power supplies to fans and heatsinks. I have always considered their products to be sort of upscale, and their quality is very good, but the prices reflect that. A few months ago I had the opportunity to review one of their mid-tower cases, the Kublai KL02, and while I thought it had some nice features and I liked the style, I did mention that the cost was higher than your typical steel mid-tower case.

Today I have for review one of their newer HTPC series of cases, the Grandia GD02. If you liked the style of the full-size GD01 but were just looking for something a bit smaller, the GD02 might be right up your alley. It's a micro-ATX size case, and like most HTPC enclosures, it is designed to blend right into the other devices in your entertainment center with a brushed aluminum finish on the front, available in either black or silver. Despite the smaller size, it is still able to accept a full size ATX power supply and 11"+ length video card. There are two different models, the alternate being the GD02MT with built-in 4.3" touchscreen on the front panel.

The GD02 arrived in a colorful retail box with pictures of both the silver and black color schemes on the sides. Upon opening the box I discovered that the case is packed in much the same way as many OEM computers ship, with two layers of soft foam padding surrounding a middle layer of cardboard that adds support and provides further protection in transit. I was also impressed to find a cloth drawstring bag used to cover the case, rather than the typical plastic throwaway one. Upscale indeed, I have only ever seen one other manufacturer do this.

Continue as I take a closer look at the Silverstone GD02.

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