Silverstone LC17 HTPC Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by terangreal @ 2005-11-22

Since their launch in 2003 we?ve seen many innovation and high quality products from Silverstone. Today we take a closer look at one of their most known case series: Lascala or LC for short. With more than 17 variations available their aim is to please almost everybody out there. The LC17 is one of their latest full size ATX HTPC cases, to accommodate standard size computer equipment the LC17 is one of the larger members of the LC family and it comes with the usual splendid looks.

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Testing by Silverstone

Silverstone In-House Thermal Tests

When we asked Silverstone why they put the PSU with its in-take fan pointing outwards we received quite a detailed reply; they included an in-house thermal testing report which details the findings of using different fan configurations.

The outcomes of these tests are included for illustration purpose only they show how using more and differently orientated fans can impact the thermal performance of a case significantly. But since they come straight from the manufacturer the actual temperature results should be taken with a grain of salt. If you want to go straight to our test results, skip to next page.

Silverstone’s P4 Test Setup
CPU Intel P4 3.6Ghz (stock cooling)
Mainboard Intel 925 Reference motherboard
Memory 2*256Mb PC3200
  • nVidia Geforce 6800GTO (slightly faster vanilla 6800)
  • Maxtor Diamond Plus 9
  • DVD-Rom & DVDRW
  • Silverstone SST-ST65ZF PSU

  • Room temperature: 25°C
  • System for 1 hour with 3DMark05

    Madshrimps (c)

    Temperature probes were placed:
  • on the P4 HIS (CPU #1)
  • near the P4 standard heatsink (Ambient CPU)
  • on the back of the VGA card (VGA #6)
  • on the HDD (HDD #8)
  • next to the side hole (Side Hole #3)

    4 Configurations were tested, the yellow box represents a FAN installed, the arrow represents the direction of the airflow.

    Madshrimps (c) Madshrimps (c) Madshrimps (c) Madshrimps (c)

    And here are their results:

    Madshrimps (c)

    Configuration “C” proves to be most effective for keeping the CPU cool, although this increases the HDD temperature by 2°C.

    Onto our own test setup and results ->
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