Building A Linux HTPC / Storage Server With The SilverStone CS381

Written by Michael Larabel in Enclosures on 22 September 2019. Page 3 of 3. 17 Comments
Ryzen 5 SilverStone Build

Since putting together this Linux living room storage / HTPC box, the system has been working out well from the CS381 yielding no complaints to the other mentioned components all running nicely on Ubuntu 19.04.

Ryzen 5 SilverStone Build

Across dozens of benchmarks lasting over five hours, the Ryzen 5 3400G with Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 and using the stock fans of the chassis led to an average APU core temperature of a comfortable 48 degrees and a peak of 74 degrees during the most demanding tests. When idling, the system was less than 30 degrees. The SilverStone fans, SX700-LPT, and Noctua heatsink all led to a very quiet build that the wife didn't have any complaints over (my benchmark for determining noise level).

So all in all, the SilverStone CS381 is a very versatile micro-ATX case for those wanting the ability to store up to 12 HDD/SSDs while not being limited by restricting any of the expansion slots and even support for up to a 240mm radiator if desired while being compact with an overall size of 400 x 225 x 316mm.

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