Jan 24 2013

News - SilverStone Prototype NUC Chassis Revealed

SilverStone NUC ChassisWhile we saw a bunch of great stuff from SilverStone at CES, one thing they didn't bring along with them was a chassis solution for Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC). SilverStone just unveiled a prototype to show there is something in the works. By the looks of it, the enclosure sports a passive design with heatsink fins on the exterior giving an interesting appearance while exposing more area for cooling. We can't wait to get one in for review. Check out all the eye candy in the photo gallery after the break.

Jan 13 2013

News - Silverstone @ CES 2013

Silverstone offers a plethora of enclosures for the HTPC enthusiast and after our visit with them at CES this year, we're excited to see them expanding their offerings. Perhaps the most intruiging new enclosure shown was the Thin Mini-ITX PT13. The black brushed aluminum chassis is the most compact Thin Mini-ITX enclosure we've seen and utilizes a custom CPU cooler while passivlely cooling the rest of the system. Read more to see all the photos.

Aug 24 2012

News - Silverstone Sugo SG05 Mini-ITX Case Reviewed

Silverstone SG05

This summer proved exciting for fans of the Mini-ITX form factor with a number of intriguing new cases including the BitFenix Prodigy and the Fractal Design Node 304 grabbing some time in the spotlight. I was also a bit taken with the new Cooler Master Elite 120 as it reminded me of a smaller version of my once-beloved Antec Aria. However, in the midst of these exciting new releases, it can be easy for one to overlook the classics that have withstood the test of time, so it is fantastic to see a site like Anandtech choose to run a review of a Mini-ITX chassis standby like the Silverstone Sugo SG05. The Sugo SG05 has been around for a couple of years, but as they are wont to do, Silverstone has continued to refine the case with new revisions to keep it up-to-date. The SG05 was the first Silverstone case to catch my eye and, along with SG06, remains one of my favorite cube-style designs and it sounds like it Silverstone got a lot more than the look right with the SG05.

Meanwhile, in the background, SilverStone has been campaigning for us to take a look at one of its older cases, the Sugo SG05. They're of the opinion that the SG05 is capable of producing stellar performance while being smaller in volume than the competition. This case has been around for a little while, but was it ahead of its time?


Jun 26 2012

News - SilverStone Crown Series CW02 HTPC Case Reviewed

SilverStone Crown Series CW02

Few companies offer as wide an array of HTPC cases as SilverStone. With their Crown line of HTPC cases, SilverStone tends to take an "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to design, resulting in some their most feature-rich and versatile cases. The CW02 is a prime example of this design philosophy. The voluminous ATX case serves up a concealed 52-in-1 card reader, a 5.25 inch drive bay, six 3.5 inch hard drive bays and space for multiple high-end video cards. Even with two control knobs flanking an LCD control panel to assist the CW02 in blending into your home theater stack, this large case is going to dwarf many audio receivers. The CW02 might not be the right case for those looking to build an inconspicuous HTPC, but for those looking to build a high-end living room gaming PC or media server, the CW02 appears to have a lot to offer.

The SilverStone Crown Series CW02 is a very impressive HTPC enclosure with a significant WOW factor that is sure to be a show piece in any high-end AV equipment stack. The CW02 is a large HTPC enclosure and is taller than most, which allows installing multiple high-end graphics adapters, a large power supply, and up to six internal 3.5" storage devices. This provides phenomenal storage capacity for all your favorite music, photos, and movies.

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May 28 2012

News - SilverStone FT03 Mini PC Case Reviewed

SilverStone FT03 Mini

Every so often, a case manufacturer decides to try to break the mold and release something new and different. Such efforts tend to result in, at best, niche products, but occasionally the result is so eye-catching, that I can't help but root for it. SilverStone's FT03 was one such case. The first time I saw a picture of the FT03 in all it's monolithic glory, I was smitten. Well, SilverStone is back at it and have followed up on the FT03 with a pint-sized version for Mini-ITX motherboards. The FT03 Mini is tall for a Mini-ITX case, but retains the striking profile of its big brother and is evidently is even easier to work in and offers superior cooling capabilities. I'm still not completely sold on the top-mounted USB ports, but otherwise it might make a fine HTPC case for those who like to build HTPC systems with a distinctive flair.

The FT03 Mini is the FT03 condensed further still, swapping out Micro-ATX for Mini-ITX and requiring an SFX form factor power supply in the process. Users who didn't care for the look of the FT03 aren't going to find anything new here, but people who dug on the FT03 are bound to find a lot to like.


Feb 24 2012

News - SilverStone DC01 DataCenter Reviewed

The SilverStone DC01 DataCenter is a Mac Mini-inspired single drive network attached storage enclosure that keeps itself slimmed down by housing a 2.5" drive rather than a 3.5" drive. Despite a paucity of internal drive bays, the DC01 is definitely designed with media consumption in mind.  For expansion to take advantage of the integrated BitTorrent client, the DC01 sports a pair of USB 2.0 ports and an eSATA port. In an interesting move, the internal drive and a drive attached via eSATA can be set up in RAID 0/1/JBOD. The DC01 also offers a host of servers including a print server, a DLNA and an iTunes server, and even an FTP server. It seems like a lot of features to pack into a NAS device that is unlikely to offer the amount of storage space that a serious media maven would be looking for, but it sounds like the pieces do come together nicely. I could see this being a particularly nice device to install for a less tech savvy, but decor or clutter-sensitive relative who simply wants to serve up their music or pictures and backup their computer to an external location.

SilverStone DC01

Silverstone is a manufacturer best known for cases, coolers and power supplies, and in the past they've indeed produced some of our favorite cases. Now they're expanding into new area of network storage, and we also got a sample of their new SST-DC01S Data Center. The device is a NAS/home server and on paper quite similar to some others we've reviewed in the past, so let's see how it copes with the competition.

Jan 24 2012

News - SilverStone SST-GD06B HTPC Case Reviewed

SilverStone has been in the HTPC case design business for a long time now.  They make some very nice cases that are used by many in the community.  Recently, the folks over at Benchmark Reviews got their hands on the SST-GD06B which we recently reviewed as well.  Depending on your needs, this may be a case to consider looking at.

Jan 12 2012

News - SilverStone - CES 2012

SilverStoneFull size HTPC builders can rejoice, because at SilverStone; big is still in fashion. They recently updated their lineup of Full-ATX chassis with the GD07 and GD08. Both offer space for multiple 3.5" hard drives and full length GPUs. Other highlights include:

  • They will update USB 3.0 products to the latest Renesas chip later this year
  • Offer a four SATA power connector with built-in capacitors, nice for adding SATA power in a server
  • GD07/GD08 have a switch to the bottom of their HTPC chassis which controls LED brightness
  • A very well designed server chassis (TJ04-E)
  • Will offer a 450W 80+ Gold SFX PSU
  • Offer a 400/500W completly passive PSU. It is INSANELY heavy :)
  • Will offer a 600W modular 80+ Gold PSU


Dec 20 2011

News - SilverStone Sugo SG08 Reviewed

SilverStone Sugo SG08

SilverStone's Sugo line of cases is all about trying to perfect the small form factor PC, and the Sugo SG08 is their latest stab at striking the perfect balance between minuscule footprint and powerhouse performance. The 180mm fan providing positive pressure flow sounds great, as does the space for a full-size video card, though I honestly can't look at these sort of mini-ITX cube cases without thinking about building a silent, low-power HTPC. I also like to see SilverStone leading the trend in adopting USB 3.0 ports up front.

An interesting feature of the SG08 is its ability to support video cards up to 12.2 inches long which is more than enough space for the GTX 580 we are showing here.  Once the card has been installed you can work on routing cables and finding the best path for everything.  


Nov 15 2011

News - Silverstone Sugo SG06 Reviewed

I've been a fan of the cube or shoebox cases since Shuttle Computers was big on the small form factor scene. Most case manufacturers have at least one cube in their lineup, usually geared toward mini-ITX systems, however few manufacturers devote as many resources to reiterating those cube designs as Silverstone. The Silverstone Sugo lineup of mini-ITX cube cases are a perennial favorite in HTPC and small form factor build guides. There seems to be a lot to like about the Sugo SG06, though that half-height ODD bay is going severely limit one's choices, especially for Blu-Ray.

One of their latest is the Sugo SG06, a mini ITX enclosure that sports enough space for many mid range graphics cards but maintains an emphasis upon small, compact performance. Naturally, some sacrifices had to be made but upon first glance it looks like Silverstone has introduced the perfect small form factor enclosure which comes with a 450W power supply installed. 

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