Beauty and Brawn, but Nothing on the Inside
This review is from: SILVERSTONE Silver Aluminum / Steel C09S Mini-ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
Pros: Very well built case in terms of material quality, strength, aesthetics, and machining. Brushed aluminum panels around a steel frame. It is heavier than some cheap ATX midsize towers. Comes with adapter for PATA slim ODD (too bad I bought a SATA), PCI riser, and a good power supply.
Cons: This is an HTPC case. If an Ion platform is the only ITX board that will fit in it with decent video acceleration, I would guess they would have tested it. Wrong. Chipset overheats very easily. Had to purchase additional 40mm fans that make a very high pitched whine - less than ideal for an HTPC (no mounts for fans - props to CrazyGlue). In addition, the fan included with my Zotac Ion board sits about 2mm too high for the top panel (other Ion chipset manufacturers have an even higher footprint). Uses a 3 pin power LED connector, Ion only supports 2 pin (no lights for you!)
Other Thoughts: Came with a loose foot and bent PATA pins on the ODD adapter. Newegg doesn't sell it in black FML. It may sound as if the board is the issue but there is no good ITX alternative. Silverstone should have known better, but is still one of the best case builders... Other well made cases by Luxa2(Thermaltake) and OrigenAE.
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