I am currently working on a home server/HTPC article and wanted a nice desktop case for it. I was very impressed with SilverStone’s TJ04 case that I reviewed back in October and figured they would be a good choice for a desktop case as well. SilverStone was nice enough to send over their LC03V case for me to review and use in the upcoming article. This case is designed to mainly function as a HTPC case however you can use it for anything you desire. So rather than possibly dragging this introduction on, lets get down to business.
The case comes packaged in a thick cardboard box and within is padded with a few inches of foam that protected it during shipping. The case is also wrapped in plastic and the drive bay doors are taped shut so nothing gets scratched or damaged. Inside the box with the case is a bag that contains a manual and some hardware for your system installation.
The front of this case looks really nice and clean from a design standpoint. The case has dimensions of 425 mm (W) x 160.5 mm (H) x 415 mm (D) which is a pretty large desktop case in comparison to some of the other slim line ones out there. However this case will allow you to use all of your PCI slots rather than using a riser card. From the back of the case you can see that the parallel cable for the VFD runs through one of the I/O back plates which will result in you losing one space. There is also a 60mm exhaust fan that will pull hot air out of the system.
The case has 2 3.5″ and 2 5.25″ external drive bays for your drives and accessories. The doors that cover these external bays have a neat feature. Instead of the doors just falling quickly they have a small gears built into them to slowly lower the door like a drawbridge. This feature is so simple but extremely cool in my opinion. Not only does it look nice when they are opening but they don’t slam down and eventually wear away at the metal.
The front of the case features a built in VFD which makes this a perfect case for a HTPC or server. Unfortunately the case did not come with any software for the VFD which means you are left to find something on your own. The power button is solid to say the least and has a good click to it if that makes any sense to you.
There is a power and hard drive LED next to the button that will illuminate with system power and hard drive activity. The reset button is about the same size as the LED which means you will need something like a paperclip to reset if you need to. On the underside of the case there are aluminum feet that have a rubber sole on them to raise the case from the surface and prevent scratching.