External Design

SilverStone's products are known for their sleek, yet elegant, look with clean lines and high quality finishes. The LC10M has a façade, which allows it to blend in with many types of home theater components while also carrying a unique look. It has the same aluminum style bezel as SilverStone's other products in its case line, such as the Temjin 6.

At the top left corner, we see the white SilverStone name and snowflake logo to contrast with the case's black finish. At about mid-height, there are two buttons: the wider (~3/4") button for power and, to the right, the reset button, which is about half the width (~3/8") of the power button. They are not clearly labeled, but any user above the novice level should be able to distinguish one from the other. Between the two rectangular buttons are the lights for power and HDD activity.




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At the bottom left corner of the bezel are four USB sockets, which are mounted to the backside of the bezel.




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Moving to the middle section of the bezel, SilverStone has implemented a Vacuum Fluorescent Display, or VFD, to complement the HTPC theme. We saw Ahanix's version of their VFD in their D.Vine 4, which provided similar features of a 2 line by 16 character display. SilverStone uses the iMON VFD from SoundGraph, which also adds IrDA support with a USB interface for a true plug 'n play solution.

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  • Larry Chanin - Friday, December 24, 2004 - link

    To follow-up on the last suggestion. I'm a home theater enthusiast and I know absolutely nothing about building HTPC's. So I found reading your reviews of HTPC cases extremely helpful. However, I have to admit I was totally shocked by the measured sound levels of both cases reviewed. In my home theater the projector measures about 27 db. Therefore HTPC's measuring in the 40's and 50's would be totally unacceptable. With the addition of noise-reducing products could one reasonably expect to quiet these HTPC's down to db sound levels in the 20's, or am I wasting my time researching building an HTPC? Reply
  • i6hlf - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - link

    Speaking of loud HTPC's, why doesn't Anandtech dig into the design of a silent and cool HTPC. I mean some solutions with laptop cpu, mob and cooler system must be an obvious solution… Reply
  • Tarumam - Monday, November 15, 2004 - link

    A good looking desktop case for a change. But why would I ever want a loud HTPC? Sounds like an oxymoron to me. Reply
  • ImJacksAmygdala - Sunday, November 14, 2004 - link

    Anandtech does a great job with HTPC case reviews. The thermal mapping, sound levels, and wire bundle/heatsink clearance is exactly what the HTPC crowd wants to know.

    As for the value memory review eetnoyer mentioned, ya I'd love to see that to although only Anandtech does HTPC case reviews right.

    Besides if they showed benchmarks of value RAM overclocking just fine with AMD64 +3200 it might effect their sponsor's enthusiast memory line sales...
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  • Gatak - Sunday, November 14, 2004 - link

    I really like the thermal display over different areas of the case. Great thing to see where the hot spots arise. =) Reply
  • Degrador - Saturday, November 13, 2004 - link

    Just thought I'd say I love the new thermal benchmarking stuff - gives a great indication of where the dead zones are (although seemingly none in this case). Reply
  • phaxmohdem - Saturday, November 13, 2004 - link

    My first thought... Alienware MPC?

    http://www.alienware.com/product_detail_pages/DHS_...

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  • eetnoyer - Saturday, November 13, 2004 - link

    Instead of media PC cases, how about that mainstream (value) memory review that was promised a couple of months ago. I think it would have a much broader appeal to your readers. Not bashing, I've just been waiting with baited breath. Reply

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