Silverstone GD-03 Case

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An examination of the chosen Silverstone GD-03 for our HTPC Home Server case.

The GD-03 uses the same chassis as several previous ATX HTPC cases from Silverstone such as the GD01 and LC17. It combines a brushed aluminum facia with a very sturdy 0.8mm steel chassis. The main difference is in the front bezel and the HDD cage area.

GD-03 uses the same chassis as several previous Silverstone cases, including LC13, LC16, LC17, LC20 and GD01.

Two doors swing down on the aluminum facia to reveal a couple of hot-swap HDD slots on left, and extra ODD bay plus external 3.5" bay on right. Front panel I/O on includes two USB ports, mic, headphone and Firewire. There’s also a clip-off grill and dust filter which gives access to dual 80mm fan mounts in front of the HDDs.

Hot-swap HDD slots unlock and slide out easily. Note adjacent grill and dust filter.

Dual 80mm fans on back panel, PSUs on other side of motherboard I/O panel with side intake, similar side vent closer to CPU area on motherboard.

The two HDD bays on the far right are hot-swap; five more drives can be fitted in the main HDD cage, which is insulated by strips of soft damping material on the bottom and the top of the cage. As with previous Silverstone ATX HTPC cases, a bar across the middle provides support for the top cover and add rigidity.

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