SilverStone Grandia GD05 SFF HTPC Chassis
Date: July 14, 2010
Product: Grandia GD05 Black Small Form Factor HTPC Case
Author: Patrick Rader
Interior of the SilverStone GD05B:
To get into the Silverstone Grandia GD05 you have to remove three screws. I was put off by the fact that they were not thumbscrews, but one key feature of this case is how short the depth is, and thumbscrews would have hampered that to some degree. With the top panel off we get our first glimpse into the case. We can see that many of the items of this case are stacked on top of each other, but it’s engineered in a good way as long are you pick your components carefully.
The bottom of the case houses the motherboard. Sitting directly above it is the optical drive or 5.25” device. The 5.25" device is held in with a bracket that is removed by four screws. With the bracket removed you mount your optical drive to the bracket and put the bracket back into place. When choosing a heatsink you have to be careful not to pick something that is too tall as it may interfere with your optical drive. Also the cables from the optical drive may hit the heatsink’s fan if they’re not held up. This is where the included cable ties come in handy. Speaking of fans, the three fans included all have fan grills over them internally to keep you, your fingers, and your hardware out harm’s way. They also have 3 pin headers on them so you can easily control the fan speeds via your motherboard. If you don’t have that many headers they also include a 4 pin molex that adapts to three 3pin headers so you could potentially power all of your fans from one header.
The power supply has a 120mm exhaust on the bottom of the case that has a fan filter to catch dust and debris. The power supply is one of the tougher things to manage in this case, and if you can get yourself a modular power supply to save yourself the time of trying to bundle and manager any excess cables. If you’re not using a discrete video card or any other expansion slots on your motherboard you should have plenty of room. Above the power supply is where the HDD mounts. The HDD is secured via screws, but between the screws and the mount are silicon grommets to reduced vibration and keep the computer running quietly. The GD05 is capable of mounting two HDDs of either 2.5” or 3.5” size or any combination of both. This is nice for the SSD users who want silent operation.
In regards to expansion cards the case can accommodate video cards up to 11” in length. This means your new Fermi GTX 480 or ATI 5870 will fit just no problem. It should handle most video cards out there without much of an issue. There is also one extra horizontal expansion slot above the PSU which can be used if you don’t have a second HDD installed. It would be good for USB or firewire headers, or some TV tuner cards have headers for more inputs, but it probably would not accommodate a full card with a riser very well.