Interior Details

The CW01’s removable top cover is held in place with four machine screws located across the back and supported underneath by a heavy brace.  The main chassis is basically the same as the one used in SilverStone’s top of the line LC18 HTPC enclosure and features all the latest refinements and tweaks.  This is by far the best layout I have seen to date from SilverStone and it offers an excellent combination of room to work, good airflow and flexible storage options.

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The SilverStone CW01 chassis exhibits excellent build quality and is fabricated almost entirely from aluminum.  The removable brace that runs front to back is the only steel component I noted (besides all the fasteners of course). 

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Looking towards the rear of the case, the layout looks similar to a typical mid-tower ATX chassis except for the placement of the power supply and the inclusion of two 80mm exhaust fans.  (A pair of 60mm fans is the norm for most HTPC enclosures.)

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Located towards the front of the case are two removable drive bay housings.  The one on the left is designed to hold two 5.25′ drives and one 3.5′ device.  The exposed 3.5′ bay comes with a universal card reader pre-installed. 

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The drive cage on the right can hold up to five 3.5′ HDDs and sits on top of another small housing designed for mounting two optional 80mm intake fans. 

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Both of the drive bays are held in position with screws.  The HDD bay is attached to the fan bracket, which is mounted to the floor of the CW01 enclosure using six rubber grommets.  This helps minimize noise by reducing the vibrations transferred into the case from the HDDs and fans.

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With the two drive bays and fan bracket removed you can see the backside of the exposed bay doors and the I/O panel circuit board.

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