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SILVERSTONE Grandia Series GD05B-USB3.0 Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC micro-ATX / Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX MB, 1x5.25", 2x3.5"+1x2.5"HDD or 1x3.5"+2x2.5"HDD, 3x120mm golf bladed fan, 11" expansion card capable HTPC Case with 2X USB3.0 ports (Black)

  • Aluminum skin over plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body
  • 2 x 120mm Right Fans
  • 1 x 120mm Left Fan
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The Grandia GD05 is a follow-up of the incredible GD04 as a chassis that combines years of SilverStone expertise in small form factor and Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC) designs. It has the same beautifully proportioned exterior and powerful thermal capability that rivals the best tower chassis. However, the front panel of the GD05 was designed to be more flexible so that its 325mm depth can be utilized in more places than just home theaters. Even though GD05's diminutive size allows it to easily integrate into any home theater cabinet, it can still accommodate an impressive list of standard components such as a 5.25in. device, two 3.5in. hard drives, a 2.5in. SSD, a standard ATX power supply, and two high-end graphics cards up to 11in. long. Cooling duty in the GD05 is handled by three filtered 120mm fans designed with the same positive air pressure to enable class-leading cooling efficiency, reduced dust buildup, and silent operation. To make installation simpler, there is even enough space for cable management to be easily accomplished without the need for short-cabled or modular power supply. Coupled with special attention given to the order of installation, any user can quickly assemble or upgrade the GD05 with a small and powerful PC system.
 
Key Features
front back
  • Three silent 120mm fans included
  • Positive air pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
  • Beautiful aluminum skin for classic appearance
  • Incredible 325mm depth to fit comfortably inside home theater cabinet
  • Designed with cable routing for easy installation
  • Supports power supply up to 180mm long
  • Support expansion cards up to 11 in.
  • Supports a 2.5in. hard disk or solid-state drive
 
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fan filter

120mm dimple-bladed fans with fan grille and filter

PSU filter

Bottom mounted fan filter for PSU
 

capacity

325mm Depth with excellent capacity

 
 
dual fans

Dual 120mm dimple-bladed intake fans

I/O panel

Dual USB, audio, and microphone ports

power&reset buttons

Power and reset buttons

 
 
rear venting holes

Rear dual 80mm fan vents

rubber washers

Rubber washers for reducing hard drive vibration

stereo component feet

Stereo component feet with rubber pads

 
Box Contents
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Learn more about the Silverstone SST-GD05B-USB3.0

General

Brand
SILVERSTONE
Series
Grandia Series
Model
SST-GD05B-USB3.0

Spec

Type
Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum skin over plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body
Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro-ATX, DTX, Mini-ITX

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
1
Expansion Slots
5

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 3.0 x 2
Front FireWire Ports
No
Front Audio Ports
No
Front eSATA Ports
No
Front Card Reader
No
Remote Control Module
No
Front Display
No

Cooling System

120mm Fans
2 x 120mm Right Fans
1 x 120mm Left Fan
Side Air duct
No

Features

Features
New USB3.0 upgraded from GD05B (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163166&Tpk=11-163-166)

Three silent 120mm fans included

Positive air pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention

Beautiful aluminum skin for classic appearance

Incredible 325mm depth to fit comfortably inside home theater cabinet

Designed with cable routing for easy installation

Supports power supply up to 180mm long

Support expansion cards up to 11 inches

Support 2.5" hard drive or SSD (Solid-state drive)

Dimensions&Weight

Height
5.94"
Width
17.32"
Depth
12.8"

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Rafael H.
  • 10/15/2014 8:06:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWoW

Pros: Nice Case, well built

Cons: Would have given 5 stars if Silverstone had actually included the front audio and Usb 3.0 connectors to the case. I was taking apart the case to put in the motherboard. Comes time for the USB 3.0 connections ???? there missing. Now I have to contact them for the missing pieces. WoW. 1st time I have ever had that happened to me in the last 15 years of building pcs.

Other Thoughts: Great case for a HTPC.

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  • Michael J.
  • 8/19/2014 8:06:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBuy another case

Pros: The case is made of good materials, and has good thickness to the metal. It looks good on my entertainment center. It is really quiet.

Cons: Bellow average airflow. I clean the case once every two months and it is a real hassle. The case fans get really dusty and you have to disassemble the whole computer to clean them. Cleaning the case fans can take over an hour each time.

Other Thoughts: Look for a better engineered case

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  • Scott F.
  • 7/24/2014 1:45:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMakes a nice "Steam Machine"

Pros: This case fits nicely in my entertainment center. The 5.9" height with beveled edges gives it a nice "component" appearance. The brushed aluminum covering on the front looks high-end. I can't tell it's over plastic at all. My 4.4" x 11" EVGA GTX 780 (Centrifugal cooler fan and no heat pipes on top) fits easily lengthwise with about 1/2 or so to spare. No pressing was needed. It fit height-wise but the ATX power cables at the top of the card need to be pressed a bit to fit the top over them. This is preferable in order to keep the case height down. The case fans are very quiet with only a slight hum in a completely silent room. I can't hear them while gaming. The skeleton is quality steel. All screws lined up perfectly. There is plenty of room at the front of the case to route cables. Ensuring good air flow was a minimal effort in this build. The Power and Reset buttons are quality - slight click and push in only a millimeter or so - nice. I don't foresee them malfunctioning in the future.

Cons: Unfortunately the right front USB 3.0 port doesn't work. The left one is good-to-go.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you use flat, not L-shaped, SATA and power connectors for your HDD. I have a 256gb SSD that sits flush on the hard drive mount. I suppose I could have tried raisers on it - maybe later. This case is replacing an nMedia case that I had to RMA for a defective power switch. This build was going to hold me over until I bought a mini itx mobo for Silverstone's ML07 case but looks good enough that I think I'm going to stick with this for at least a couple years. Additionally the SFX power supply limitation of the ML07 pretty much restricts builders to a 450 watt PSU - which is not powerful enough for a 780, let alone Titan video card. The beveled edges make the difference for a streamlined appearance in a case over 5" tall imo. Windows 7 and Steam in Big Picture Mode + this case = neither of the new game consoles for this guy.

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  • Abram J.
  • 4/15/2014 8:01:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe least deep uATX case you can buy

Pros: I searched the whole internet for cases that would fit in my entertainment center (it's a Hemnes shelf from IKEA) with only 350 mm of depth. There are many Mini-ITX cases that would fit, but there are exactly two on the whole internet that support Micro-ATX. This is the only one that also has an optical bay.

Cons: I recommend you put this case in the center compartment in the three-shelf Hemnes. It doesn't fit behind the lip in the left and right compartments. I have mine in the left compartment, and the two case fans on the right are nearly right up to the shelf divider.

I'm not very happy with the fan arrangement of the case. There is room for extra PSU cables in this case, but if you use it you are blocking the left case fan. There isn't much airflow for the HD once that is blocked, and even this would be additionally blocked if you have a long graphics card. I'd prefer the case was taller to support some top fans - the only place there is any room in my entertainment center.

If you're using a Hemnes, you'll also want to buy right-angle cables or it won't sit flush. Note that our universe's physics does not support right-angle optical audio cables (use HDMI or analog).

Other Thoughts: The other case that I think is shallow enough to fit in a Hemnes shelf is the Rosewill Legacy U3-S, which does not have an optical bay.

Newegg, please please please let us sort by case dimensions! You have by far the best searching and purchasing experience out of all the websites I tried, but we need case measurements! I had to eyeball cases from the category to see what looks sort of shallow, and then click through to the specifications :(

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  • Alfred J.
  • 4/1/2014 9:54:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent case for the money

Pros: -Media stand friendly size (roughly 13" deep)
-Looks great
-Decent amount of room inside
-Great airflow makes for a cool running system
-Fan filters are a nice touch
-Power light on the front is not too bright

Cons: One of the first things I did was swap out the fans for a set of 800 rpm Scythe fans. I'll admit my tolerance for noise is a lot lower than most people but I could hear the fan noise from 11 ft away while watching TV or listening to music at conversational volume, not ideal for a Home Theater. With the new fans and my motherboard fan control, the noise is greatly reduced.

The optical drive postion is directly above the processor of my Micro ATX board. Once a full-size drive is installed, there is less than 65mm of height for a CPU cooler. If you are building a quiet system, this really limits the pool of coolers to choose from. After trying out a few I decided to go with a USB optical drive that I only plug in when I need to. This allowed me to use my 9 year old Mini Ninja (Thanks AMD for keeping the mounts compatible!!) without a fan. Since it sits right next to the two fans on the right side, it actually keeps the processor around 30 degrees Celsius most of the time.

For the life of me I couldn't figure out how to mount my SSD in the cage AND plug it in. I ended up using two-sided tape an sticking it to the top of the PSU. It works!

Other Thoughts: I bought this case a year ago for my HTPC build because it was one of the more attractive cases that cold actually fit into my AV cabinet. After getting everything installed, I'm actually very happy with it. I get quite a few comments on nice it looks in my setup.

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  • SCOTT M.
  • 2/22/2014 7:30:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSilverstone GD05B

Pros: Great Enclosure for HTPC / NAS. Looks great and easy to work on. Plenty of room for drives and the fans are really quiet.

Cons: The only real trouble I had was figuring out the drive installation positions for multiple drives. Wish they had better instructions. Rubber grommets for drives could be used be made out of higher quality material.

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  • David W.
  • 1/14/2014 8:21:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsSolid case - Tight fit though

Pros: The case is solidly built and looks great in my A/V equipment rack. The fans are silent and work well. Installation went as easy as it could for a compact case

Cons: I had purchased a Corsair H50 water cooler to use in this case but due to the very limited space between the MB and the fans, I had to send it back and get an air based cooling solution. Also, my Gigabyte GTX 770 barely fit in the case vertically. While it was longer than recommended at 11.5", it's ton fin (which appears pointless) touches the top of the case. Lastly, only 3 out of the 4 screws in my power supply aligned with the holes on the back. No eggs docked due to these all possibly being component issues and not the fault of Silverstone.

Other Thoughts: System specs in case anyone else is curious about what I was able to cram in the case:

Gigabyte GA-87MX -D3H Micro ATX Mobo
Intel 4670K Processor
GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-2GD GeForce GTX 770 Video Card
CORSAIR TX750 V2 750W Power Supply
Crucial Ballistix 240-Pin DDR3 RAM (2X 8GB)
Samsung Evo 840 250GB SSD
ZALMAN CNPS8900 Quiet 110mm CPU fan

All HDD storage located in a file server, so no magnetic drive in the case.

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  • Carlos C.
  • 1/6/2014 1:49:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat quality, looks great.

Pros: Nice case, good placement of all internal components. It's well built, sturdy, and fits nicely into a media center setup, USB 3.0 on the front, plenty of space.

Cons: noisy

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  • Tyler P.
  • 12/13/2013 7:40:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: USB 3.0 x2 front panel
Comes with 3x 120mm intake case fans (2x right)
Front reset button
Nice looking aluminum finish
Detailed instructions manual
Comes with cable management straps

Cons: The case fans are loud at full RPM
Small space
A bit tricky to route cables/wires

Other Thoughts: My case has a front HDD light as oppose to other people who said they didn't have this. My case fans are pretty loud and can hear them during movies with a lot of dialogue. So I would suggest hooking them up to a fan controller or right to the motherboard if it supports fan control.

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  • Mr. S.
  • 11/27/2013 4:53:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNIce shallow case...except..

Pros: Nice case, good placement of all internal components. A little work intensive (removing parts to add components then reassembling) but not a big project. Good HD mounts (sound dampened).

The case was chosen for its shallow profile (12.8"). Very nice layout. (you will most likely need a power cord with a 90 degree angle plug) ATX micro only. Can hold 1 3.5" HD and / or 1 2.5" SSD...and 1 optical drive.

Cons: Case has front USB 3.0 ports....very nice, except (and I didn't know this until now) these USB connectors are not compatible with a motherboard that only have USB 2.0 connectors. An adapter is needed to use them (sold separately).

Other Thoughts: Overall a very solid case. Just be aware of connector issue. Either get a motherboard with USB 3.0 or buy an adapter at the same time.

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