- Product Dimensions: 40 x 20.1 x 37.3 cm ; 6 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 7 Kg
- Item model number: PS07B
- ASIN: B006L6ZHAU
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Nov. 6 2012
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Silverstone Tek Micro-ATX Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX Mini Tower Plastic with Aluminum Accent Computer Cases PS07B (Black)
- Dual 120mm silent fan
- Accommodate up to six 3.5 inch hard drives
- Removable motherboard tray and top panel
- Quick access filters to prevent dust buildup
- Convenient wire and cable routing pathways
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As the first chassis in the Precision series designed for Micro ATX motherboards, the PS07 has a great balance between size and functionality. It utilizes SilverStone's vaulted positive pressure design with easily removable filters on both the fans and the power supply to prevent dust buildup. Two front mounted 120mm fans can provide capable cooling for a complete build fully loaded with drives and components. To keep the noise profile low, an independent compartment with isolated intake vent for the power supply was implemented to keep PSU operating at optimal temperature. User-friendly touches such as removable motherboard tray and top lid make installation in such small chassis a breeze. But an all new backside cable routing design further increases PS07's ergonomics with room for long power supply cables; thus eliminates the need for short cable kits such as SilverStone's PP05 and allow users to use any power supplies they wish. For those interested in storage flexibility, PS07's ability to accommodate one 2.5" and six 3.5" hard drives are greatly appreciated as well. Using an elegant front panel combined with aluminum accent makes PS07 at home in any environment with a clean, hidden side intake helping to minimize and direct noise away from users. If there is a need for a relatively small, understated, quiet, and advanced PC, the PS07 is a perfect choice.
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- USB 3.0 ports on the front. Seriously the only case under $40 that has this feature.
- Looks sleek and sexy - I really like the mesh grill design.
- High quality optical drive covers and front fan grill that snaps in and out with quality
- Motherboard backing cutout if you want to add/remove CPU cooler later.
- Built in SSD 2.5" mounting point on bottom of HDD bracket. Great for budget SSDs that don't include a 3.5" to 2.5" conversion bracket
- VERY cramped inside with NO cable management.
- Says it supports 14.1 inch long cards...FALSE. The longest graphics card you can fit inside is 9 INCHES, because of the limitation of the opening between the back of case and the walls of the HDD cage. My 8.75 inch long graphics card barely fits inside. Don't even think about SLI or Crossfire, because you'll choke your graphics card - no space for airflow if you have two cards stacked on top of each other. The image on the Silverstone site showing this is a joke.
- Stamped steel PCI covers means you HAVE to remove them before installing your motherboard..Otherwise you have a tough time twisting and popping them off after your motherboard is installed - and risk damaging your motherboard.
- Side panel thumb screw holes don't line up that well with their corresponding case holes, so the so-called "thumb screws" really require a Phillips screwdriver to properly install or remove.
- Limited cooling capacity with 1 80mm front fan (optional), 1 120mm front fan (included), and 1 92mm rear fan (optional) locations. Only supports up to 140mm tall CPU coolers...Wish they had optional side and top fan mounts. I would avoid putting anything over 100W TDP inside here, especially if you're only using stock coolers. Better stick to 77W TDP or below for CPUs - so that means Ivy Bridge i3/i5 or Sandy Bridge i3. Even my 55W TDP i3-3220 idles at 38C (external temp 25C) with the stock Intel cooler and 1 included front Silverstone fan at full speed. I'm going to have to add additional fans.
Tips: Follow this order of installation to have a better time than I did:
1) Perform an open-air test for new builds to check that your PC vitals are working before installing the motherboard into the case. This involves CPU + CPU Cooler + motherboard + RAM + GPU + PSU + display + keyboard. After you are sure everything is working, remove everything from the motherboard except the CPU. Yes, that means you need to remove your RAM and your CPU Cooler as well - don't leave them installed!
2) IMPORTANT! Locate which PCI covers you need to have removed based on the PCI cards you are installing and twist and remove the stamped covers before installing anything else.
3) Install PSU into case. It's a top-mount location so best if you have a modular PSU meant for that application. I used a non-modular type and it went okay - just a lot of wire-octopus to hide behind the HDD cage.
4) Install optical drives. You might have to cut and/or reposition the zip-tie for the PSU cables if you are using a non-modular PSU, because there's not much space between the PSU and the optical drive slots, and you'll have to bend the cable octopus downwards.
5) Install motherboard standoffs and then the motherboard. Remember this only supports microATX and miniITX motherboards. Do NOT install CPU cooler or RAM yet
6) Install HDD(s). Be very careful not to bump anything on the motherboard. It's very cramped here so take your time and be careful. If you were lazy and did not remove your RAM or CPU Cooler, you're gonna have a tough time getting the HDD in. Subsequent HDD installations will REQUIRE you to remove both RAM and CPU Cooler - you just won't be able to angle in secondary/tertiary drives when other HDD(s) are already installed.
7) Install the CPU Cooler and RAM.
8) Install graphics card and other PCI cards
9) Install SSD if you have one
10) NOW do all the SATA, Molex, etc cable routing and cleanup.
I've rebuilt an Ivy-Bridge based setup in this case and have had the opportunity to work on it a bit more since the initial setup.
While my points in the original review still apply, this is not a case for those who make changes to their system more than a couple of times a year. A few of the screws can be difficult to remove, and even with high quality bits, the heads of the screws tend to wear out after repeated use. The top panel needs to be removed to access the PSU and optical drive bay and requires the removal of 6 screws. The side panels also flex easily so that now they require a bit of force to line up and slide in.
For those who use 2.5" drives and suspend them, the removable 3.5" hard drive cage is a boon as it's much easier to hang them and place them back in the case.
Also, Silverstone customer service has been excellent. One of my 2 front USB 3.0 ports was not working, and I received a new one at no cost within a few days of submitting a warranty request.
I still believe that this is a compelling value over the TJ08b-e, and despite the increased GPU temps, makes for a more controlled case for cooling/silence by using 120 mm fans.
For mid-tower cases, I own an Antec Sonata, TJ08b-e, Fractal Design Define Mini, and now this Silverstone PS07 case.
This case and the Temjin TJ08b are nearly identical except for a few key differences:
Front panel: TJ08b has an aluminum brushed finish while the PS07 is plastic with silver accents along the side (the white version recently came out) though the PS07 tends to attract fewer fingerprints
External Slots: TJ08b has an additional 3.5" external bay that the PS07 lacks which would be useful for card readers and fan controllers
Intake Fans: PS07 comes with 2 120mm fans and the TJ08b comes with a 180mm fan. Stock 120mm fans provided with the PS07 are low RPM and nearly silent when undervolted. I switched to the PS07 because the 180mm fan on the TJ08 had a clicking sound, and I could easily swap out the 120mm fans in the PS07 to low RPM Noctua/Scythes. In considering overall sound, the top placement of the power supply so that its fan is exposed can significantly increase the noise profile. Despite having an AMD 6870, my OCZ ModX Power supply is the loudest component in my case under non-gaming use.
In terms of building a system, there is plenty of space behind the motherboard to route and store cables, and the removable tray makes installation easier. The cables in the power supply may not be long enough, and you may require extensions for the 4 pin. The hard drive bay transmits more vibration than my sonata for high rpm hard drives primarily on seeks but is negligible for storage drives or suspended 2.5" drives. My suggestion would be to use an SSD and suspend a 2.5" storage drive in the drive cage or a 3.5" drive in the 5.25" bay. The side panels do flex a little too easily even under slight pressure, but the thin profile also gives the case its lighter weight compared to other cases.
Lastly, temps in this case were surprising. Ambient temp was 25 deg. celsius, and stock intake silverstone fans were replaced with 2 Scythe SY1225SL12L at 12V (which in practice are ~ 18 db and push 24 CFM) with 1 of the stock fans as exhaust. The system is an OCed AMD Athlon II 250 @ 3.5ghz w/ Scythe Shurken with a Sapphire Vapor-X 6870 and the drive cage in place with 2 2.5" suspended hard drives and both 5.25" bays filled, temps are as follows under normal use (web, word):
Core: 24C (full load gaming after 3 hours: 40C)
GPU: 40C (full load gaming after 3 hours: 58C)
HD0/1: 30C (2.5" drives) (full load gaming after 3 hours: 32C)
The high GPU temp worries me especially as the TJ08 manages almost 8 deg. Celsius lower. This causes the GPU fan to spin up higher when gaming which defeats the purpose of purchasing quiet components. I may have to consider replacing the top Scythe with a fan that pushes higher CFM as the GPU is in such a tight space and draws air from below the enclosed area below the PSU. If you're running SLI/Xfire, you may want to consider a slightly larger case One piece of advice for single GPUs would be to get a GPU that exhausts in the back vs back into the case as that will help reduce temps.
If you're comparing the two cases, you should consider whether the $30 difference (with rebate on PS07) could be better spent elsewhere on your build and going with the more affordable PS07.
Pros: Compact size, low noise profile even with stock fans, support bar for large CPU heatsinks, removable drive cage/motherboard tray, PSU fan filter, moderate cable management
Cons: Trade-off between lower CPU/HDD temps for higher GPU temps, side panels flex easily, GPU that exhausts into the back seems necessary to maintain decent temps
I did look at the other competitors, including some of the other Silverstone models, but this one just seem to have an edge on design, it ticked the most boxes for me.
Some points that i liked:
-2 front 3.5" bays, which i use for a hard drive hot swap, and a card reader. i keep my dvd drive external since i never use it.
-2 usb3 ports in front
-large quiet fans that suck from the sides
-smallest footprint of any case while not compromising flexibility
-Fits large heatsinks such as the hyper 212+
-Quality that is good, not exceptional, but plenty good, i don't care if the front panel isn't pretty aluminum.
It's no mac mini, but then again we're talking about no compromise. This thing hacks off a good chunk of what bothered me about the medium tower. Mainly, i realized i don't use hard drive space, SSDs take up far less room, and i prefer to have external docks/hard drives instead of having them internal, so i didn't need the dozen trays of the larger tower. this one has just the right amount, and i'm not even using them, since they also made a clever little slot just for an SSD, which is out of the way and takes up basically no room at all. If you look at it, you realize it's about as small as you can physically make a tower that doesn't need proprietary parts.
This case is probably not for someone who makes frequent trips inside their computer, it's not difficult at all to build your system, but if you don't have patience or attention to detail, i can see it being less than a pleasant experience. In particular, the cable routing is something that cannot just be shoved around, they include plenty of ways to route your cables intelligently, and if you don't read up on those methods and just push cables wherever you please, you'll likely run into issues. They also built in options for you, such as the top rear vent which you can choose to use or not depending on how you mount your PSU, and the other rear fan space they included in case you want to add a bit more flow. And the hard drive caddy is removable, in case you need to fit some larger PCIE components.
Fans and noise
I love the airflow. the two fans in the front such air not from the front, but from either side, brilliant! There's also an easy to remove dust guard. The noise is very quiet, it's not dead silent, but i've never once been bothered by the low hum. I would prefer if it moved a bit more air, but then again, i've yet to have any heat alarm go off. I do not overclock, nor do i game, but i do heavily edit HD video. Vibrations are minimal, but that's probably because i don't have any spinning disks in it. They also included some nice soft rubbery feet, to ensure any vibrations from your aging raptor drives don't transfer and resonate into your floor.
it can hold a few hard drives, and amazingly, it can accomodate a full 12" video card, something many smaller cases cannot. And even better, since they made the case just a tad bit wider, it can fit a large heatsink, like my coolermaster hyper 212+, and still a wee bit of room to spare. They also put in a little support bar for such large heatsinks, i don't know if that thing actually does anything, but hey it's a bonus and perhaps reassuring. It seems they really thought out how to squeeze everything in there when designing this.
Like i mentioned, read the manual, get familiar, take your time. I'm an experienced builder and yes i know the feeling of hey, i can build anything in 5 min, i don't need a manual, blah blah... You'll save yourself plenty of headache if you ditch that ego, just read through the manual to see the tidbits of how this case was designed.
I got just what i wanted. If you're looking for a small case that is built and designed well, and let's you use most of what you're used to using in a build, then i definitely recommend this one.
For $30 you really can't go wrong with this case, especially if you have a little patience.
The exterior appearance is discrete enough that it can be hidden in plain site. The only thing that kind of jumps out is the logo, I haven't bothered with that.
The build quality is cheap, but better then most in the price range. I am happy to see both Silverstone and Antec offering low cost MicroATX cases.
The interior did not have any sharp edges, and enough room to easily work in. There is a small amount of space between the back panel and the motherboard if anyone wants to try some cable management. I recommend not messing with the side panels any more then necessary.
Now to the down side. It is clear that corners had to be cut to meet this price point. But even then these could have been machined a little bit better. Opening the case required removing a thumb screw that was applied using what might have been an impact wrench. Once I got it out and later tried to reattach the side panel it was clear that reason I had so much trouble getting it off was that the screw holes did not match up exactly and the thumb screws had to be slightly angled. I worry that repeated use may damage it (opening for bi-monthly cleaning).
All in all, I've paid more for cases that are this good. I won't jump to buy another one because of the side panel issues, but I won't avoid these either if nothing else catches my eye.