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SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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The case is very solid, with only minor bend and no twist to the case at all. The case features a strut that runs down the center of the case, which adds exceptional strength to the case for the possibility of stacking other home theatre/audio video components on top of the SST-LC01. The quality of the rest of the interior case is good, with no sharp edges that we could find.

The cooling of the case is handled by a single 80mm fan in the rear of the case, as well as holes in both sides of the case for venting. These holes are designed in such a way that the user could add 80mm fans on either side of the case, to serve as intake on one side and exhaust on the other side. While SilverStone does not suggest this, depending on your setup, this may or may not be a good option. For example, if the case were placed in a A/V rack with enclosure on both sides of the case, the side fans may not provide enough space to create an airflow that makes it worth adding these fans. On our test bench, however, we experimented with added fans to both sides of the case with good results, and found a drastic decrease in temperature. Thus, if the case is not placed in an enclosed rack, we can suggest this as a possible option.

The optional SST-ST400 power supply includes a 120mm fan built into the bottom of the power supply, which really helped remove heat from the case. When we used our Antec TruePower 430 we not only increased the noise within the case, but at the same time we reduced the cooling potential performance of the case. While the case did pass our testing and didn't overheat, the buyer will want to carefully select the power supply, placement of the case and side panel fan possibilities in order to achieve the best cooling results with the least amount of noise.

One of the reasons that we are so overly concerned with the cooling in the SST-LC01 is that this case features four internal 3-½" hard drive bays between the two removable device racks inside the SST-LC01. This makes the SST-LC01 a very ideal case for those mega storage DVR applications. Since the majority of the largest drives are available in only in a 7200 RPM configuration, these drives generate more heat; and you must be able to vent this heat out of the inside of the case. Since our testing configuration only featured two hard drives, this was not an issue, but with four drives installed, temperatures are surely to rise. Still, the ability to build a four drive RAID for DVR applications would be appealing to many consumers.

With both doors open you get a better idea of the bay configuration as well as the placement of the front mounted ports. With this design the lower door has to be open to access the front mounted mounts. This might not be the best design, but it is workable.
Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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