Earlier in the day we had posted a review of the SilverStone Temjin TJ08, and now again today we are back with SilverStone as we look at their new Crown series. The case christening the Crown series is the CW01, which is designed to be a powerful and flexible high-end multimedia server case. The Crown CW01 is based upon the layout of the SilverStone Lascala LC18 and offers several modifications with the end-user in mind. Among the changes are a reversible PSU mounting design, increased number of hard drive options, and many more improvements. The SilverStone CW01 is catered to both HTPC and traditional computer enthusiasts, but how well is this case able to stack up against its competitors and SilverStone's other selection? Well, simply put the Crown CW01 is a darn nice case with very few negative points.
· Premium, all aluminum construction
· Special 1/4" jacks for high-end audio equipment support
· Compatible with Sound Blaster Live! / Audigy / X-Fi
· Next generation cooling layout
· Exceptional versatility in storage space
· Built-in 52-in-1 card reader
· Rack mount ready
Unlike the Temjin TJ08, the SilverStone Crown had arrived in a very nice looking container. The shipping box looked similar to the recently reviewed Lascala LC20, which advertised the various features and product shots. The CW01 had arrived safely as it was seated between two large sets of Styrofoam. The case was also packaged in a plastic bag to prevent any damage to the finished surface. As usual, included with the case was the user's manual and mounting hardware to get you going. The CW01 is available in silver and black colors, and SilverStone offers a special edition CW01-WD. The Crown CW01-WD is designed for use with Western Digital's Raptor X hard drive. The CW01-WD features a small acrylic window on the front of the chassis so the Raptor X, which has a partially clear housing, can be easily be seen.