Over the years the personal computer segment got many purposes, professional usage, desktop usage, the internet, music, gaming, but with the rise of High Definition and powerful computer hardware supporting the new high-bandwidth content here in Europe media players and HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) have grown into a sizable market.
Personally I've been using HTPCs for years now and though the small MediaPlayers (often Realtek based) are on the rise, nothing can beat a good HTPC as you get to customize it towards your needs and requirements.
The good thing is that a HTPC beats anything image quality wise with what you throw at it. The negative side is of course the investment you need to make for the processor, motherboard, memory, storage, cooling and the chassis. A HTPC chassis is what we are reviewing today.
What people often do is transform their old PC into a fully functional HTPC, the downside however is... that mid tower PC looks like shyte in the living room.
Luckily in the past couple of years we've seen a new development, system on a chip. Yep, computer hardware is getting smaller allowing the manufacturers to put more and more components on one chip. And in the end that drives prices down.
Today we'll build the cutest little HTPC ever. We simply grab a A75 motherboard from MSI, pop on a A8-3800 APU from AMD, and start building a fully functional HTPC. With properly selected components you are looking at a 300 maybe 400 EUR budget, still quite a bit of money I know. But you'll notice you can build a relatively small HTPC that looks and performs amazingly cool.
As such we review the SilverStone GD06 HTPC chassis, aimed at the home theater DIY audience that has a need for stylish looks, good functionality versus a competitive price.
First let's check out the GD06, priced at only 100 EUR / 130 USD, and then head on over to the next page where we'll startup the review.
Silverstone GD07 HTPC chassis review we review the Silverstone GD07 HTPC chassis. The Grandia GD07, an updated version which offers everything you ever wanted in for a HTPC, it's so spacious that you could even use it as a very cool desktop PC. I mean Extended ATX (EATX) sized motherboards fit (!), heck you can even throw in very long graphics cards in there as we'll show you.
Silverstone GD06 HTPC chassis review We review the SilverStone GD06 HTPC chassis, aimed at the home theater DIY audience that has a need for stylish looks, good functionality versus a competitive price.
SilverStone 750 Watt ATX Power Supply Today we will have a look at the Zeus 750 Watt continuous power supply from Silverstone. A really awe-inspiring power supply with four (yes four) +12 Volts rails and which is also an SLI ready power supply. We'll put it to the test buy using our quad SLI setup. The new Zeus is cool, literally, as up to 750W it'll maintain a temperature of 50°C. You get 60 AMPs combined (over 700W) for these four +12V rails alone, making the ST75ZF capable of powering any top of the line system available today and the near future.
SilverStone 600 Watt ATX Power Supply It carries the label "Strider" and this model comes with a fantastic 600 Watts rating. It's supposed to be a a high-end PSU which is ready for SLI and Crossfire as it has quad 12 volts rails and active PFC, silent fan. We'll explain all that to you over the next pages though.