Conclusions

SilverStone’s new Crown Series CW01 multimedia server case is an excellent HTPC enclosure that is sure to please the most discriminating enthusiast.  The clean, simple lines combined with excellent build quality, aluminum construction and gold accents result in an elegantly functional enclosure.  The CW01 offers very good cooling options and great storage flexibility.  And don’t forget, the CW01 is available in a limited edition that features a window on the front panel to showcase the inner workings of a Raptor X HDD!

While not really a criticism or complaint, it would be a nice added touch if SilverStone included a long handle Philips screwdriver with this case.  I have a pretty extensive collection of tools but only found one screwdriver that had just the right head and length to reach the screws holding the HDD cage in place.  Not having the right screwdriver at hand will be frustrating for less experienced users.

The current street price (January 2007) for the SilverStone CW01 HTPC enclosure is $259.00 USD and Newegg.com has the CW01-WD Raptor X version available for $299.00 USD.

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Strengths:

 

·         Clean, simple lines, elegant audiophile styling

·         Excellent build quality — aluminum construction

·         Very good ventilation and cooling with flexible fan options

·         Vibration isolation mounts  on HDD/fan cage

·         Front mounted controls and I/O connectors

·         Lots of room for storage devices

·         Built-in universal card reader

·         Gold-plated I/O connectors and ¼’ audio jacks

·         Optional 19′ Rack mount kit available

·         Special Raptor-X version available

 

Weaknesses:

 

·         None that I noticed

 

The SilverStone CW01 multimedia server case earns the PC Perspective Gold Award for excellent features, performance, and style.

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SilverStone CW01 Multimedia Server Case

I would like to thank SilverStone for sending us the CW01 enclosure to review — thank you!  Be sure to use our price checking engine to find the best price for the CW01 enclosure or anything else you may want to buy! 

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