Wednesday, June 10th 2020

SilverStone Rolls Out Lucid LD03-AF Case, Improved VGA Airflow vs. Original LD03

SilverStone rolled out the Lucid series LD03-AF (Airflow version) tower-type case for Mini-ITX and Mini-DTX form-factor platforms, a new variant of the LD03 case from Q1-2019. The case was debuted at the 2020 International CES. What sets the LD03-AF apart from the original LD03 is additional vents on one of the front-facing side panels, designed to improve airflow for graphics cards that feature axial fans. The original LD03 had a slab of glass that smothered graphics cards. Although essentially a cuboid, the case is meant to be displayed with its right side pillars facing forward, as the main glasshouse spans the front and right side panel. Inside, the motherboard tray is aligned perpendicular to the plane of the base, but with its I/O shield pointing upward, such that your graphics card stands along the height of the case.

The LD03-AF serves up room for graphics cards up to 30.9 cm in length, and 16.7 cm in height; and CPU coolers up to 19 cm in height. The case's sole airflow channel is designed to draw air from a 120 mm intake fan at the base, with a 120 mm exhaust fan at the top, both with dust filters. Storage areas include one 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch drive bays. The case supports SFX and SFX-L PSUs. The case has its own AC receptacle and M-to-F cable leading to your PSU. Measuring 265 mm (W) x 414 mm (H) x 230 mm (D), the case dry-weighs 5.22 kg. The case is expected to be available by June 25, with an expected price around $130.
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11 Comments on SilverStone Rolls Out Lucid LD03-AF Case, Improved VGA Airflow vs. Original LD03

#1
Caring1
I'm pretty sure they weren't Lucid AF when they designed this and thought up a sticker price.
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low
Caring1
I'm pretty sure they weren't Lucid AF when they designed this and thought up a sticker price.
Yeah, its too expensive. Its a SUGO base, adding 3 glaspanels, adding 2 fans and some plastic. Then double the price. Done.

Got mine for 50€.
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#3
Chomiq
Caring1
I'm pretty sure they weren't Lucid AF when they designed this and thought up a sticker price.
Those tg panels probably add a 3rd of the cost to the case.
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#4
agatong55
Jay already did a review on this case, did not come out good.

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#5
TheLostSwede
I really, really hate when a graphics cards is being referred to as a VGA...
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#6
CheapMeat
I'm so fond and intrigued by this vertical setup cases but I've just never built in one.
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#7
Camm
CheapMeat
I'm so fond and intrigued by this vertical setup cases but I've just never built in one.
You'll detest the cable routing, but once you go a FT02/FT05, other cases just feel lame, oversized, noisy, hot, or all three.
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Caring1
TheLostSwede
I really, really hate when a graphics cards is being referred to as a VGA...
Video Graphics Adapter
What's wrong with that?
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Caring1
TheLostSwede
But that's not what VGA stands for ....
Lol, I knew you would come back with that rebuttal. :laugh:
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claes
TheLostSwede
I really, really hate when a graphics cards is being referred to as a VGA...
Why is that? I am genuinely curious and appreciate that it should be at least at QXGA :p
Camm
You'll detest the cable routing, but once you go a FT02/FT05, other cases just feel lame, oversized, noisy, hot, or all three.
I love my FT02, but I am really envious of all of these sub 40L chassis on the market these days. Inverted is cool and all, but it's not actually helping anything (well, GPU sag, but otherwise). Still, haven't found anything I'd be willing to give mine up for.
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