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Written by Luke Ponio    Friday, 10 June 2005 11:00
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Most HTPC cases do not have dual external 5.25" bays. The LC13 does have them, which might be a reason for the case's height. Two external 3.5" bays, one internal 3.5" bay, and one special removable drive bay that slides under the 5.25" bays complete the rest of the drive expansion. With four 3.5" bays available, there should be no problems for those who want to store hundreds of gigabytes of video and audio.

For ventilation there is one 92mm intake fan in the front and two 60mm exhaust fans in the back. The 92mm fan has a 4-pin Molex connection and the two 60mm fans have 3-pin connectors. The 92mm fan has a vent on the bottom. The bottom of the case is the best place for a HTPC because it allows other A/V components to be stacked on top without inhibiting airflow. There are also ventilation holes on each side panel. Unfortunately, the right side's ventilation holes are almost completely blocked by the 5.25" drive bays. The holes behind the 60mm fans are also fairly restrictive. Instead of the honeycomb pattern, SilverStone could leave the grills open and use two circular wire grills like the ones on the front of the 60mm fans. The front fan is not too loud, but the rear 60mm fans are too loud for a HTPC in my opinion. However, the included fans are some of the quietest 60mm fans I have heard. They are low pitch and do not whine like others I have heard.

The inside of the case is small compared to tower cases. Everything needs to be installed in a planned order to avoid headaches. I tried working with the components after everything was installed and it was a pain. This is a disadvantage with desktop cases. If you are going to be swapping parts often, I would recommend a tower case instead. I did like that the cables were sleeved and the motherboard connectors for the front USB, Firewire, and audio were grouped. For a desktop case I think SilverStone did a good job with layout.