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SilverStone Roundup July 2014 – featuring GD09 Case, ST60F PSU and AR02 Cooler

SilverStone Roundup July 2014 – featuring GD09 Case, ST60F PSU and AR02 Cooler

Performance and Conclusion

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Notes: Cooler testing was performed on AMD’s Kaveri 7850K APU.

3.7GHz Idle Load
AR02 38°C 55°C

 

4.7GHz Load
AR02 72°C

 

ST60F 40°C 150w 300w 450w 600w
3.3v 2.98v 3.30v 3.30v 3.31v
5v 4.99v 5.01v 5.00v 4.99v
12v 1 11.988v 11.999v 12.001v 12.000v
Efficiency 91.5% 92.4% 92.1% 91.7%
Noise Level (PSU Only) 11dB 15dB 25dB 31dB

 

Ambient Temp 25°C
Exhaust Temp 26°C 27°C 32°C 34°C

 

Oscilloscope AC Ripple (mV p-p) +3.3 +5 +12
600w 23 17 43

 

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Starting with the PSU we have a product which takes a no frills approach but manages to keep quality and performance high. The casing for example is sturdy and the paint applied well. The braiding is decent and in terms of our results the rails were stable, efficiency good and temperatures and noise all within reasonable levels.

Moving to the cooler we have what I think could be our first CUTE heatsink… never thought that would happen but the AR02 has something about it that makes it cute. Its compact, it looks good and the Silverstone fan mounts and retention bracket are great. We liked them on AR03 and they are the same here. We also found the temperatures to be decent which is the main thing… this isn’t a cooler for an overclocked high end i7 but for any “normal” build it is great.

That brings us to the GD09. Let’s get the negatives out of the way first… there are a few design aspects which we would have changed. Firstly we would move the drive bays over to the right of the system. This would allow us to hide the PSU wiring underneath. It also has the added bonus of freeing up the area around the CPU cooler as that is quite tight as is… actually we would design the case in a way that the bays could be left OR right mounted to maximise compatibility. There is a lip in the back, bottom edge of the case which really shouldn’t be there, it will gather dust… and there should be more thumb screws, especially on the top panel. Switching the front panel connectors and power/reset/leds round would also keep wiring more tidy as they would be close to the usual locations for headers on boards. We also noted that on our board which featured a molex power socket on the bottom edge there was no room between it and the PSU to plug it in. So watch out for that… finally a cut away, rather than holes for the PCIe bracket screws is always preferred.

On the positives, building in the case is really easy. It’s a nice big empty chamber with plenty room to move without a PSU or drive cage. The case feels sturdy and we have plenty of options for compact and ATX motherboards along with good sided graphics cards.

Overall there are a few too many design tweaks for us to award the GD09, though if the ones listed don’t concern you it will look good with other HTPC equipment. And it is worth noting that Silverstone do offer larger versions (GD07/08) which don’t suffer the same issues that arise from trying to make a compact chassis. The PSU and cooler on the other hand get our recommended awards. Good quality units which achieve their design goals well.

Recommended Award

ST60F PSU & AR02 Cooler


Where to buy: SilverStoneTek.com

 

 

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Stuart Davidson

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