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SilverStone announces "infinitely expandable" GD03 HTPC chassis

by Parm Mann on 30 July 2009, 15:00

Tags: Grandia GD03, SilverstoneTek

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SilverStone already offers a wide range of HTPC chassis, but there's always room for more so here's a quick look at the upcoming Grandia GD03.

The chassis, pictured below, measures 425mm x 182.2mm x 436mm and consists of an aluminium front panel and an 0.8mm cold-rolled steel body.

Seems a lot like a squarer version of the existing GD01, then, but there's more to it than meets the eye. Flip open the front panel and you'll reveal the GD03's secret weapon - dual hot-swappable hard drive bays - which, of course, should prove to be useful to users with ever-expanding video libraries.

In addition to the two hot-swappable bays, users will find two external 5.25in bays and an internal hard drive cage capable of holding up to five 3.5in drives. So yes, in theory, you could make yourself a 14TB media server by housing seven 2TB hard drives in this inconspicuous chassis.

Cooling comes courtesy of two 80mm exhausts at the rear, with each spinning at 2,050RPM and claiming to keep noise levels at 21dBA. Those who need a little more air on their precious drives will find a dual 80mm HDD fan bracket included in the bundle.

No word on pricing or availability yet.



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I'm a fan of Silverstone cases - good quality and distinctive styling but for me this still isn't a suitable HTPC. I maybe wrong but isn't a HTPC supposed to not look out of place with Hi-Fi equipment? Something this size, and it's an observation that can be aimed at other HTPC cases too, would not blend in at all. It's far too deep when compared to your average CD player for example. A 14TB media server it maybe but still not an HTPC in my book...
If you look at some of the larger 7 channel AV amps and processors IMO It matches in quite well - most people this serious will either have a 'stealthed' system or a dedicated large rack so personally I don't see the size as an issue. However I personally can't see the need for a HTPC - Sky Plus and a Bluray player along with a Subscription to Love Film fill up all my spare time!!
its too big and bulky for me.
Syd
If you look at some of the larger 7 channel AV amps and processors IMO It matches in quite well - most people this serious will either have a 'stealthed' system or a dedicated large rack so personally I don't see the size as an issue. However I personally can't see the need for a HTPC - Sky Plus and a Bluray player along with a Subscription to Love Film fill up all my spare time!!


On the former i agree - I have a AV rack below the TV and the bottom shelf has a silverstone case and a yamaha amp on it - they're very close in size and style - so much so that people don't clock it's a PC.
On the latter - can't say I miss sky, or it's clunky boxes :mrgreen:
dangel
On the latter - can't say I miss sky, or it's clunky boxes :mrgreen:


OK, I've always liked the idea of a media PC.............. :)

However for someone (like me) that records a few programmes in the week on Sky Digital - mainly series link, and mainly on the core 4 channels, and watches maybe 2 films a week (on bluray via love film) I've just never found a justification for it.

I'd be interested to hear your opinion on the benefit of running a media PC. Bearing in mind ease of use (for my gf) is crucial.