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

The top panel uses four hex head screws in the corners to hold it in place. While these undoubtedly look nicer than plain old PC-type screws, it seems a bit silly to need to have a hex wrench on hand every time you open it up. The inside of the top is plain and in fact it's difficult to tell the front from the rear. There is a cutout section where the fan vents are, which is how I could tell the difference. Two 80mm fans come pre installed at the rear of the case in the spot above the motherboard backplate. What seems to be a hood or shroud that runs over the center is in fact the mounting location for the optical drive. Aside from the hard drive and floppy cage in the front corner, this is the only mounting location inside the case.

Four screws are taken out and the top piece can be removed. Installing the optical drive will require normal screws to attach it but the floppy drive location contains a tool-less sliding lock mechanism. There is a rather large bundle of wires coming back from the front panel which contain all the USB, Firewire, audio and switch/LED connections. These are long enough to reach to the back corner of the case and should not present any fitment problems when it comes to installation. In fact they could probably reach clear over to the opposite corner as well.

The hard drive cage has two 3" bays and uses rubber grommets for the mounting screws to cut down on vibration and noise. Between the cage and the rear of the case, there is plenty of room for larger sized power supplies, which is good considering Silverstone makes a point of touting this case's compatibility with full-size video cards. You won't be running any SLI configurations on a micro-ATX board but you will be able to use a single high-end card, possibly even a dual-GPU, and have the power to run it.

Now let's get some hardware into this thing.

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