Silverstone LC20M Media/HTPC Case
Posted by: Mac on: 07.12.2006 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Upon opening the box you are greeted with a lot of packaging that is always a good thing as the contents are kept safe and sound in transit.
Removing the contents from the box we find the case it’s self and a smaller box.
The smaller box contains the remote control, 2 fan guards a bag of screws etc, a psu extension / adapter to connect from the psu to the display / IR module and a cd of software / drivers for the display and remote control.
Moving onto the case it’s self, the front has 2 doors, taped closed for transit reasons I assume.
These open when you press on them and the bigger of the 2 hides the optical drives.
The smaller is where the i/o ports are hidden along with the 3.5” bay and the reset button.
It doesn’t show up that well but you can just make out the VFD behind the smoked perspex cover.
The finish on this case is quite amazing even the power button looks and feels like turned aluminium.
Moving around to the back of the case we find 2 rear fan ports and a decent number of rear pci slots, there should be plenty for things like tv cards, sound cards and the like to make your media pc everything you want it to be, assuming your motherboard has them fitted of course. The psu is fitted “side ways” and on the opposite side to normal desktop cases. It is also worth mentioning that the LC20M has large HIFI separates style feet which is good as it will protect whatever its stood on and if that is some other form of electrical equipment will allow air to get in between them to aid cooling.
Talking of the psu, the side of the case that the psu mounts up against has a vent fitted so the psu draws in cool air from outside the case and then exhausts it straight out once it has passed over its hot components. No using warm internal air for cooling the psu’s in the LC20M.
Also on the sides of the case are mounting holes for the optional rack mounting kits which is a novel idea and not something I have seen on a domestic pc case before. (Producers and musicians take note)The other side of the case has another vent, this time it is for an 80mm fan which, presumably, would be blowing cool air into the case and should be aiming said cool air towards where I expect the CPU cooler to be. Again another good yet simple idea.
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