SilverStone SST-PS07B mATX Case Review

SilverStone SST-PS07B mATX Case Review

Product : SilverStone Precision 07 Micro ATX Case

mATX Chassis Final Thoughts

First off, this isn't a case with which you'd want to constantly swap
components. This is more of a "build it then leave it" style of case
because you'll need to take the case completely a part screw by screw
and install your components screw by screw, and this goes for the hard
drives and optical drives too, as there are no tool-less mounts here.
The front fans are fairly easy to remove though. Simply remove the drive
cage and pull the fans out of the back (screws are in front for easy
access).

For such a small internal area, SilverStone engineers obviously thought
much about the PS07's design, and also about OCing in it. With nearly a
inch of space for cable routing, and the ability to mount 180mm PSUs and
13.9" video cards along with a full tower cooler, they really did their
job. The easy to clean front and power supply filters are also well
designed, and even elegant.

Other than having a lot of screws, comparatively speaking, the PS07
takes into account almost every single detail which you might come up
against. One problem is that if you use the top drive cage with drives
in it, you'll need to mount the cooling tower fan on the back near the
exhaust port (if you have a fairly fat tower). That's probably not a
problem since you'll be sucking air through the tower and blowing it out
of the back exhaust port. The manual says that SilverStone tested a
nonOC'ed Core i7 with the PS07 using a tower cooler--without the
fan--and it didn't overheat (PS07 manual 47). So, you have that option
too.

If you aren't going to OC, and you're not planning on swapping
components much, then the PS07 is unquestionably a very nice choice with
everything you'll need plus the advantage of a small footprint. It's a
solid and well thought out case. Of course you only get two 5.25" drive
bays, but for most people, that's enough. (I could even do with that
since I rarely use my internal card reader. Having only two bays would
leave me with one optical drive instead of two, which I don't need, and
my hot swap 3.5" bay, which I do need.)

The question whether or not we can seriously consider the PS07 while
OCing, however, remains. The PS07 is touted as having excellent positive
airflow and supports large tower coolers, with an option to water cool,
and an option to run your PSU downward to help suck air out of the
case, and so I'd say yes, we can OC in this box. I'm quite sure my air
cooled i7 920 at 3.8Ghz would run just fine in this case. Of course,
cooling performance varies depending on variables, so take that into
consideration.

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SilverStone PS07 Conclusion

With a small footprint and lots of internal space, there isn't much
wrong with the SilverStone PS07. It's a well thought out case, with the
arguable exception of so many screws needed for assembly.

Appearance is always subjective, but this case is marketed squarely for
more mature tastes, with no fancy LEDs or other outside flair, while
retaining a sleek and solid look. For that reason, the PS07 retains an
all business appearance without being overly boring.

Construction of the PS07 is above average with the only aspect a little
thin being the top PSU mount, which becomes substantially sturdy after
the removable top is screwed down. There were somewhat sharp edges on
the top outside edge of the frame, where the side panels mount on both
sides, but they are outside of the working area. Aside from that,
everything is smooth with attention to quality. The paint is very thick
and the plastic has a matte-like aluminum finish to it.

Functionally speaking, the PS07 is a design with obviously much
attention to detail. The manual is full of measurements in every aspect,
such as cooling tower height, PSU and optical drive limitations (which
are almost limitless), ram height to hard drive specs, and cable length
recommendations. Along with that, the manual includes alternatives for
placement of hardware. It's one of the best manuals I've seen.

It's hard to believe but you get 13.9" of video card space, 180mm of PSU
space, 6.5" of tower height space, and nearly an inch (15/16th") of
cable space, plus enough internal bays for five 3.5" drives and one 2.5"
drive (or mix and match). On top of that, you get excellent and easy to
remove front and top filters. This is excellent functionality. The only
downside is that the PS07 is not a tool-less design, and incorporates
many screws.

Value is good for a case with this much attention to detail. Costing less than $79 at NewEgg,
price may be a little high for a micro case, but with all of the
functionality, I can't really hit it either. Incredible functionality in
such a small package is the main reason the SilverStone PS07 mini-tower
computer case receives the prestigious Benchmark Reviews Silver
Tachometer Award.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Up to 13.5" video card
+ Cooling Tower space
+ Large PSU
+ Easy clean filters
+ Well layed out interior
+ Large drive capacity
+ Excellent manual
+ Solid construction
+ Nearly 1" cable routing space
+ Offset front fans = better cooling
+ USB 3.0 to 2.0 converter included
+ Internal USB 3.0 connector
+ Solid rubber feet
+ Novel front bay quick release buttons

Cons:

- Lots of screws
- No tool-less mounts
- Rubber feet glued on
- PSU rack a little thin

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.75
  • Appearance: 8.75
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 9.20
  • Value: 8.60

Final Score: 8.81 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.