SilverStone CW02 HTPC Reviewed

Jul 27 2011

If you're into really large HTPC cases, this may be the guy for you.  My preferences generally run the other way though - preferring to push the hard drives into another location where the rattle doesn't matter as much.

The CW02 from Silverstone’s Crown Series is crafted to allow users to really appreciate the design of this high quality HTPC chassis. At first glance, the all-aluminum construction and reinforced aluminum dress plates in the front set off the already classy case. The interior design of the CW02 is able to accommodate extended length graphics cards, proficiently displaying the HTPC system at its best. Capable of supporting CPU coolers of 160mm in height for additional cooling options, its spacious interior assures the highest performance system possible in this market segment. The suspended, vibration-dampening hard drive cage and dual control knobs for volume and navigation control also add even more to the feature-rich CW02. You can have up to six hard drives for multi-terabyte storage, allowing far more flexibility than merely serving a an HTPC. Users can enjoy their system’s state-of-the-art, multi-language display functions and, with a 52-in-1 card reader under the hood, the CW02 looks like it has the potential to be named “Best of” in quite a few categories… but should it? Keep on reading to find out just how well it does in our testing.

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Comments

Wow. That is a monster!

Seems like an odd case to bring to market.  On the one hand, it has plenty of space for people who want to put their entire HTPC solution into a single computer.  On the other hand, the price point for the case would seem to be for people who are more likely to build a separate computer for their storage needs.

I will admit that it's a nice, unique case design.  If they offered one about the size of the Antec Fusion (with similar cooling), I'd consider it.

They use allen wrench screws?!?! Seriously??? That is just inexcusable in my book and an absolute dealbreaker. Wow.

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