Excerpt: The Media PC market has been thriving in the last year with leading manufacturers such as Lian Li releasing a raft of capable, attractive chassis designs specifically for this audience. Today we are looking at the Silverstone Grandia Series GD06 Chassis which builds on the GD04 and GD05 heritage.
Excerpt: There is no doubt that the HTPC enthusiast has some options when looking for a chassis to fill the void in their entertainment center. It seems like so many of the options are either too small, too big, to ugly, or too expensive. With that in mind, SilverStone has stepped up their game.
Conclusion: When it comes to performance, it's somewhat difficult to give a rating for the GD06. On the one hand it held lots of stuff really well, but on the other hand it was a real pain to build. But compared to other HTPC cases the build could have gone much worse.
Pros: Small Form Factor, Compatible with standard parts, Large video card support, Front door hides I/O ports, Sturdy construction, Three 120 mm fans included, Hot-swappable, front-access HDDs, Space provided for cables
Cons: Multiple tools required, Too many screws, Different sizes of screws, No IR support, Ambiguous appearance
Summary: The Grandia series GD06 has been a pleasure to work with; it is near silent while in use even with 12V applied to the 120mm fans all the time, and it looks really good sitting on a shelf! - I want to start out addressing the LED lighting.
Excerpt: SilverStone's Grandia GD06 case brings a lot to the table for both HTPC and SFF enthusiasts alike. While the small, sleek GD06 will look great on the desk or in home theater furniture, it also offers up quality construction, a unique interior and top-notch cooling performance.
Summary: The SilverStone Grandia GD06 can be a good option if you are looking for an HTPC case with a high number of disk drive bays and positive air pressure configuration. The price is fair for a case with the features the GD06 has, but if you don’t care about the hot-swap bays but still want a good HTPC...
Pros: Air filters on all fans, Air filter for the power supply fan, Positive air pressure configuration, Excellent number of disk drive bays (one 5.25,” four 3.5,” and two 2.5”), Two external 3.5” bays for hard drives with hot-swap connectors, On/off switch is not covered by the front door, so you won’...
Cons: Doesn’t use thumbscrews, Anti-vibration mechanisms are available at only one of the four 3.5” bays, Anti-theft mechanism requires a relatively expensive Kensington lock, Price is a little bit high (but still fair)
Summary: The SilverStone Grandia GD06 HTPC Case is a perfect option for anyone who's on a budget and requires great looking HTPC case with lots of features. Three quiet 120mm fans are included to provide excellent cooling and each has a dust filter. This case also fits a standard ATX PSU.
Conclusion: Overall, the Silverstone GD06 was surprisingly easy to work with. If you don’t mind busting out the screw driver, taking out and putting in about 15-20 screws, then you will enjoy this case.
Summary: With the Grandia GD06, SilverStone aimed to design a case specifically for home theater PC setups. With the various options and the versatile storage options of this case, they seem to have accomplished their mission with flying colors.