Here's the spec:
Motherboard Form Factor
Max CPU Cooler height
Max GPU Length
442 (W) x 171 (H) x 362 (D) mm
Aluminum door with plastic front panel, 0.8mm steel body
SSI-CEB, ATX, Micro-ATX
2x Internal (1x 2.5" compatible)
2x USB 3.0, Audio jacks, Power & Reset buttons
Standard ATX (Max length 220mm)
3x 120mm Intake (included), 2x 80mm Exhaust (optional)
310mm, Max width 133mm
What comes in the box:
The GD10 doesn't come with much, just the essentials for the case. You get SilverStone's amazingly in-depth instruction manual, a bag of all the necessary screws, a plastic key for the front door's lock, four anti-vibration mounts for one of the 3.5" drive mounts and a bracket for another 3.5" drive mount within the case. Finally you get a pretty standard set of four cable ties.
Just like eight of the other nine Grandia cases, the SilverStone logo is placed in the top left hand corner and is printed on rather than being a separate stuck on badge. Being printed on keeps the front nice and smooth which is definitely nice. To the right of this is the lockable door held closed by magnets and an optional key lock. This for me was the biggest feature of the product and of the Grandia
Open the door and we find a single 5.25" drive bay, perfect for any optical storage. I'm glad SilverStone chose to stick with this standard rather than slim-optical as it's already hidden, much cheaper for the end user and also allows them to install various other types of front expansion. Note that if you do choose to install something other than an optical drive, you only have 8mm of
The left and right side panels are also pleasing being both covered in AND stocked with fan mounts, filters and the fans themselves. On the left side we find two separate filters that are held in place by clips and are extremely easy to remove and re-attach. These follow the same design SilverStone incorporated on their ML07 case's fan mounts, this is what SilverStone said about the design :
"The random-looking appearance of the grille is the result of a month-long experiment that we had on more than 150 different combinations of fan and grille geometry testing to come up with a design that produces the least amount of turbulence generated noise against fan blades. It is used in cases that has limited amount of space where we can't make the grille bulge out (so the fan ends up installed flush against the grille). In principal, this design is doing the same thing that AP123's fan blades were made to achieve, which is to break up the noise frequency into multiple tones for lower overall perceived noise."
The points of interest here are the fan mounting and that extra expansion slot. Having already been used across multiple Grandia series cases, this design is tried and tested and to be honest it is about as good as it really gets within these dimensions. I personally like the dual 80mm fan mounts as this is starting to become more commonly accepted alongside the 92mm standard, where before they were slightly looked down upon. This is thanks to the recent focus and development from many companies including SilverStone to develop better performing fans, take a look at SilverStone's new 80mm Air Penetrator as an example. The extra expansion slot is nice too as it allows you to install control modules without interfering at all with the standard expansion slots.
Because the GD10 is made to fit in with A/V HiFi size equipment, the interior is extremely large and spacious, supporting all the way up to full size ATX motherboards. As shown in the photo's there is only really one cage in the GD10 that really stops this case from being completely open. The cage houses your front 5.25" drive bay and directly underneath that, a 3.5"/2.5" drive bay for internal storage. It's definitely amusing in a way to see how certain designs are adapted and reused in so many different sized and styles of cases as this cage right here is so similar in design to the one's you find in the SG05. Anyway the installation is very simple and the connecting support bar that transverses the depth of the case can also be removed to gain easy access to the motherboard tray. If you don't wish to have
Below the cage we find our other 3.5" drive bay built into the side of the case. Yes the GD10 only features two 3.5" dedicated hard drives mounts which is nothing given the size of the case. At least this drive bay has some foam vibration dampening on it and is nicely hidden in the corner. I would most likely choose to use this drive bay first for my 3.5" drives and reserve the other one for 2.5"
Graphics cards and power supplies aren't nearly as limited as the processor with a maximum GPU limit of 310mm which is literally as much as they could offer given the depth of the case. Power supplies can sit at up to 180mm in length while still having the 120mm fan installed in the case and if needed, the 120mm fan can be replaced with a smaller 80mm fan.
The high quality dust filters, solidly built top panel and aluminium front door detract well enough from the disappointing 'lock' and almost confusing mash-up of steel, aluminium and plastic used on the exterior. However, I feel like SilverStone have already released much better exterior designs in their Grandia range such as the GD06(Micro-ATX) and GD07 that have very similar features executed in a much better manner. The clear attempt at recreating a cheaper budget version of those with the GD10 has caused a slightly confusing end product. But in spite of everything the GD10 does still end up looking very nice and clean with only a few true annoyances, I could easily consider this for a budget HTPC.
In the end the GD10 offers a niche style of product that is pretty hard to find other than within the SilverStone product range, something SilverStone is known for. Because of this there is very little competition either in this style of product or the price range it's in and so we do actually end up seeing some pretty nice features in what is a relatively cheap and easily affordable package. If you can afford better there is a couple of nicer options on the market but for this price, you definitely can't go wrong with the SilverStone Grandia GD10.
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(22/10/14) Review Update:
While this sort of size efficiency is somewhat to be expected when dealing with HTPC orientated cases, if you are looking to build a system for any purpose and want the smallest overall cubic footprint, the GD10 could be a good choice.