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SilverStone Crown Series CW02 HTPC Chassis Review

A Detailed Look – At the Outside

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The SilverStone CW02 is a very impressive HTPC enclosure with a significant WOW factor that hits you as soon as you take it out of the box. The CW02 is taller than most HTPC enclosures and the styling will make it a show piece in any high-end AV equipment stack. The clean lines and sculpted curves on the front panel are reminiscent of newer Marantz audio equipment. The overall build quality is excellent and the aluminum alloy chassis is sturdy and light weight.

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A multilanguage, multifunction LCD display is mounted in the center of the front panel with two large control knobs (Function and Volume) located symmetrically on either side. These are enabled by the included iMON/iMEDIAN software and can be controlled via the iMON Pad remote control. A full size 5.25" optical drive bay is located above the LCD display. The main power On-Off button is located towards the lower right corner while the Power On and HDD Activity lights are mounted towards the lower left.

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iMON Pad Remote

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Below the LCD display is a stealth front door that smoothly opens at the press of a finger and conceals a 52-in-1 card reader and the front panel I/O ports and system reset button.

• (2) USB 2.0
• 1394 Firewire
• Microphone In
• Speaker Out
• Reset button

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The removable, heavy gauge aluminum top panel is secured with ten socket-head cap screws.
 

June 25, 2012 | 10:51 AM - Posted by Chaitanya Shukla (not verified)

IEEE1394 and a pair of USB2.0 ports on the front panel in this day and age is ridiculous. Aprat from that Silverstone makes great case and the replacement of this case will surely fix that front I/O ports.

June 27, 2012 | 11:37 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It wasn't ridiculous 3 years ago when I purchased this case. I just swapped it out a week ago for a smaller one. I can't believe it hasn't been updated since!

It's fantastic for the person that wants a game PC under their TV.

June 25, 2012 | 12:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

find a board that will fit this form factor and also supply USB3.0 headers...........

June 25, 2012 | 02:05 PM - Posted by Mad_Dane

Uhm this is an ATX case so it's not hard to find a board with headers, beside this case is several years old, which is why the I/O ports are outdated.

June 25, 2012 | 06:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

you have to pay $$$$ to get the USB3.0 headers on board, also its an HTPC, is your primary method of moving files plugging stuff in to the front panel? Sorry if it is.

also how often will the front panel be used on a HTPC? game controller? 2.0 is plenty fine.

a proper setup really doesn't have MUCH use for 3.0 on the headers...... so I don't think anyone at silverstone is losing sleep over this, i wouldn't.

stop sneeker netting.

June 26, 2012 | 12:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The iMon is the deal-killer for me. Their stuff never does work quite right.

July 7, 2012 | 10:48 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How about the cooling if i use the cw02 not as a htpc but as
a normal pc for video editing ?
Only one 120mm fan and two little 80mm in the bottom are not
very much.

November 19, 2012 | 02:37 AM - Posted by Salaminomachos (not verified)

I use is as a HTPC for 1 year now.
It is a fantastic case.
I use a 16mm cpu cooler on my I3-540 without fan, and the temperatures are great

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August 11, 2012 | 10:54 PM - Posted by Ada (not verified)

Any chance an 'Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME' motherboard (E-ATX) will fit into this case?

Cant imagine you can fit in a watercooling sytem??

September 6, 2012 | 11:43 PM - Posted by Den (not verified)

I manage to put custom build water cooling system in to GD01MX(outside radiator), and install gtx480. For that purpose had to sacrifice hdd holder section(not a big deal). Btw full size atx board fits easily

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October 6, 2012 | 03:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hey is there any chance that an Antec25 KulerhH2o 920 liquid cooling system would fit into this case or would there be headaches concerning case room ?

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I have a Thermalright Silver Arrow Cooler in this case, and this one is the tallest Heatsink cooler.

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