SilverStone DS380 Small Form Factor Chassis Review

Greg (PCpackrat) from Smart Computer Store takes a look at the new SilverStone DS380B Case:

 

Introduction:

You can’t talk about HTPC cases, without mentioning one of the biggest innovators in that area. SilverStone has led the way in making HTPC cases. Their cases would feel at home in any Audiophile’s media center. They never skimped when it came to their beautiful, brushed aluminum front panels (in silver or black), media center features and bulletproof build quality.

Well, these days with the movement towards NAS boxes and personal media servers, we want it all in one box. We want a NAS box to have access to our personal files from anywhere in our homes. We want a media server, to “serve” our music and video to our media devices. And, lastly, we want a HTPC to control all of that content on those TV’s, stereos, tablets, smartphones and laptops.

So, what if we could wrap all of those things into one small package? Enter the SilverStone DS380B. Today, we will look at this small form factor (SFF) case with big features.

 

Specifications from the SilverStone Technology Website:

Model No. SST-DS380B (black)
Material Aluminum front door, SECC body
Motherboard Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bay External 3.5” SAS/ SATA hot-swap x 8 (2.5” compatible)
Internal 2.5” x 4
Cooling System Front
Rear 1 x 120mm 1200rpm 22dBA
Side Left – 2 x 120mm 1200rpm 22dBA
Top
Bottom
Internal
Expansion Slot 2
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply SFX, SFX-L PSU (sold separately)
Expansion Card *Compatible with 11” long and 4.38” wide
Limitation of CPU cooler 57mm
Dimension 211mm (W) x 285mm (H) x 360mm (D), 21.6 liters
Extra Kensington lock
Remark
*Installation of expansion card up to maximum size will occupy one hot-swap bay space, please refer user manual for more information.

 

Opening the box:


The shipping box is sturdy and the case was protected by a nice, rubberized foam.

 


After removing the case from the foam, it was packed inside a plastic bag.

 


The case comes with an accessory bag containing everything you should need to assemble your system.

 

The accessory bag includes:

    • DS380 Owners Manual
    • Labels for your HDD Trays
    • Drive Bay Blockoff Plate
    • GPU Installation Plate
    • GPU Protective Pad
    • SilverStone Front Bezel
    • Wiring Hold Down Loom
    • Pair of Door Lock Keys
    • Various install screws

 

Coming up next ….. Page 2: The Exterior:

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4 thoughts on “SilverStone DS380 Small Form Factor Chassis Review

  1. Not really Small Form Factor – SFF is defined as total volume being at or below 19L. This unit is 21.6 litres.

    Also, why the choice of 3.5″ drives. They’re big, hot, loud and you could fit so many more 2.5″ drives in a chassis this size (or make the case smaller!) Each to their own though.

    (before someone mentions performance, I benchmarked a year ago and 2.5″ 5400rpm drives had similar throughput and seek times to 7200rpm 3.5″ drives!)

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