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SilverStone Grandia GD03

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Posted December 17, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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Setup & Testing

When it comes to testing a chassis for its cooling ability we generally run several instances of Prime95 and FurMark to generate maximum heat from the primary components, but this is not a gaming rig or regular-use personal computer.  Such a test would not be an accurate representation of usage for an  HTPC case, so we’ll opt for something more realistic.   Consequently, the chassis will be fully loaded with components, let it sit idle for 10 minutes in Windows, then perform several large-file write operations to the hard drives and movie viewing while monitoring temperatures inside the case.  

Below is our test setup:

Setup

As mentioned, we’re building testing results for different cases with our new setup. So far we only have two to report, our apologies for the lack of extensive results at this time. However, we are able to compare the GD03 against a traditional case setup, so let’s do that now. Here are the results:

CPU Temps

As you can see, the Grandia GD03 handles the system without any issues and provides very respectable cooling in all three component areas. The temperature differences are not problematic, keeping the core components very cool under load. Obviously the internal components can vary between HTPC, so you can expect slightly higher temperatures if you go with a quad core CPU and a graphic card with considerably more horsepower, but the vented ports and additional 80mm fans shouldn’t have any problems dealing with some additional heat.

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