SilverStone Technology Lascala 10/M

About a year and a half ago, SilverStone Technology opened their doors to the world to introduce a line of products that not only performed well, but looked great doing it. We've reviewed a number of their products since then; the first being the all aluminum monolithic Temjin 3, followed by the curvaceous Temjin 5 and ATX redesigned Temjin 6. Then, a little over a month ago, we gave our readers an exclusive look at our first Lascala desktop/HTPC chassis, the Lascala 10M with multimedia kit. Today, we will compare the LC10/M with the D.Vine 5, Cavelier 2 as well as a few others to see which comes out on top.

External Design

SilverStone is known for their bold, yet simple, look in every product that comes off the line. Since their first case, the Temjin 1, many have been more than satisfied by the visual quality of each case. The LC10/M keeps things simple on the front bezel by eliminating doors and moving certain auxiliary ports to the side. At the left of the bezel, we see the Power and Reset buttons. We mentioned in our review of the LC10/M that the buttons are not clearly labeled and could cause some mishaps.




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At the bottom left corner, we see a set of four USB ports lined up horizontally. The audio in/out and FireWire ports have been moved to the left side of the case also to visually make it more Home Theater friendly.

At the center of the bezel, we see a rectangular 2x16 character Vacuum Florescent Display, like the one that we saw in the D.Vine 4 and D.Vine 5 by Ahanix. SilverStone, however, uses the iMON from SoundGraph, which enables IrDA and also has a USB interface. The software included is also exceptional in that it provides many of the functions of Windows Media Center in a simple to use interface free of charge with the LC10/M.




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The right 1/3 of the bezel is composed of a sliding panel that allows installation of a single 5-1/4" optical drive. Like the D.Vine 5, there is a slot for the drive tray and SilverStone has incuded an aluminum bezel which, in this case, uses a double-sided adhesive pad to secure to the factory bezel of the optical drive.




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CoolerMaster Cavalier 2 (cont'd) SilverStone Technology Lascala 10M (cont'd)
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  • monsoon - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - link

    hola,

    i want my HTPC to be a full fledged double-core AMD PC capable of running everything, with double 5'25" front bays and silent.

    so, what'S out there today to realize such a project ?

    it's been almost a year since this shoot-out, and i would really love to see some commercial products ( already assembled or cases only ) to match these needs.

    120mm fans anyone ?
    passive cooling ( or should we wait for the coming laptop double-core CPU releases ) ?

    thanks for reading this,
    cheers
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  • rdunnill - Friday, January 28, 2005 - link

    Quote: "There isn't anything requiring these large cases except a gaming video card"

    To the contrary, I use a Holo3Dgraph-I deinterlacing card, which is full-height and thus requires a modestly-footprinted case like the NMediaPC.
    Reply
  • rdunnill - Friday, January 28, 2005 - link

    I am considering the NMediaPC case due to its small footprint.

    Footprint barely received mention in the review, but it's important to me, because the space in my HT cabinet is small.
    Reply
  • mindless1 - Thursday, December 30, 2004 - link

    JKing76, the distinction is not "just playing movies". There isn't anything requiring these large cases except a gaming video card, or to look at it another way, stuffing so many cards in that you can't get a riser to work and need a larger power supply too. Perhaps if you need more than 2 HDDs, that's an issue too... but most won't.

    Games <> Home Theater

    Some can't grasp that, and that's OK, there SHOULD be cases suitable for building living room gaming boxes, but that does not begin to mean HTPC cases per se, should be this large.
    Reply
  • goku21 - Thursday, December 30, 2004 - link

    What about doing a project/review on a HTPC you build yourself? Go all out and instead of using a HTPC case use a SFF case or something. Be a little different about it.

    That's something I'd like to see. Perhaps something interactive where all the readers can vote on what types of components go into it and what not.

    Of course that's just my stupid opinion =)
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  • PuravSanghani - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 - link

    We gave our Editor's Choice Award to the SilverStone LC10/M because it has a combination of great features (VFD Text display, room for expansion with more HDD mounting space, the ability to install a full ATX board and power supply, as well as an optional multimedia kit since MS Windows Media Center is not sold on store shelves just yet). Bias is not one of the reasons we chose the LC10.

    The HTPC100 is a great out-of-the-box solution if you want a simple barebones system. It performed well in our thermal and sound benchmarks. The case, however, does not have much room for expansion, only supports microATX boards, and does not have a text display. Although, for its performance in thermal and sound we believe it is a worthy competitor to the LC10.

    We hope this clears up some confusion in our regarding our conclusion of this roundup.

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    Nintari, Mindless, mcveigh: We chose these components because many boxed Home Theater PCs come with hardware similar to our configuration. A media center PC, in our definition, is not just a PC with a TV Tuner slapped in it, but rather a fully functional PC with the ability to process home theater content.

    Definitions of the HTPC will vary by user and the purpose of the HTPC in their home theater setup.

    During our testing we do not install a TV Tuner card but we do process content like playing a DVD and video games to simulate operations during normal PC use with this "standard" hardware.

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    #27: Feel free to let us know of any errors in the article and we will be more than happy to fix them. Thanks.

    Purav Sanghani
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  • Clint - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 - link

    All three vendor links for the Silverstone case show a completely different case (though they all match one another). Reply
  • ElFenix - Tuesday, December 28, 2004 - link

    I've asked for years: please hire an english major to edit your articles. The sentence structure of this article is even worse than most of the articles around here. Reply
  • JKing76 - Tuesday, December 28, 2004 - link

    Sorry mindless, I don't buy your definition of HTPC. I consider an HTPC to be a computer you'd keep hooked up to a home theater system full time. You want a tiny, low-power PC just for playing movies, well, that's your choice. But there's no reason big screen, high-quality surround sound gaming support can't be part of a HTPC. Reply
  • geogecko - Tuesday, December 28, 2004 - link

    Personally...the best HTPC case money can buy...

    http://www.atechfabrication.com/products/heatsync_...
    Reply

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