SilverStone Grandia GD03 HTPC Case Review

Written by: Maxwell Anderson
Date: November 28th, 2014
Rating: 7.8 out of 10


Amazingly, I correctly attached all of the case switches and lights to the motherboard, and was greeted with a pretty blue flashing HDD light upon startup. Since the GD03 is made almost entirely of steel, which has a lower thermal conductivity than aluminum in general, I was interested in seeing how well the case performed at keeping my components cool. To do so, I conducted two tests: one at idle, and one under a heavy load (CPU and GPU burn-in). In each test, the following temperature averages were recorded over a one-hour period: CPU, GPU, motherboard, and case (physically measured in between the processor and video card). The ambient (room) temperature remained constant at 24.9°C. Here are the results:

As you can see, my GPU got really hot. Beyond that, and more importantly, although there was a large increase in temperature from idle to stressed conditions in the processor and GPU, there was only a small increase in case temperature. This leads me to believe two things: my CPU and my GPU especially need better cooling (both have factory cooling), and the case cools well enough. I also noted (but did not record) that the case temperature did not increase at all from idle temperatures during light use such as internet browsing and 720P video viewing.

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