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SilverStone Grandia Series GD06 Chassis Review

Today we have built a modestly powerful system to cope with a variety of high definition media tasks and light gaming duties. This is the ideal audience for a system such as this.

Processor: AMD A8-3870K @ 3.5ghz (1.4 volts)
Motherboard: Asus F1A75M-PRO
Memory: 8GB ADATA 1600mhz
Power Supply: OCZ 450W
Graphics: Sapphire HD6450 FleX
Storage: Patriot Pyro 120GB & 500GB Samsung HDD

Additional Equipment:
Thermal Diodes
Raytek Laser Temp Gun 3i LSRC/MT4 Mini Temp
Digital Sound Level Noise Decibel Meter Style 2

Firstly let us have a look at the chassis design and airflow, as it comes ‘out of the box’. All 120mm fans are connected to the motherboard for direct PWM control.

The three 120mm fans intake a high volume of air from the sides of the chassis. Two are positioned close to the motherboard, and the third is close to the drives at the other side of the case. Air flows out the rear of the case, and additional fans can be installed here, as well as in the top of the GD06.

We have placed thermal diodes into 5 case positions. 1: close to the hard drives at the side of the case. 2: at the front of the case close to the motherboard. 3: In the middle of the case, close to the discrete graphics card. 4: At the rear of the case, close to the I/O panel. 5: On top of the power supply at the rear of the case.

Ambient room temperatures were maintained at 23c throughout.

The AMD A8-3870K was overclocked to 3.5ghz @ 1.4 volts.

Decent performance results from the GD06 cooling system, with most of the hot air being quickly expelled from the case. The system we built isn’t the hottest running system you could fit in the GD06 however, so the other fan slots might need to be filled to compensate for rising temperatures.

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