SilverStone RL06 Chassis Review: Page 5 of 6

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Posted by Michael Pabia on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 3:00pm

Build and Installation

We will be doing three different builds with the SilverStone RL06 to highlight its flexibility when it comes to cooling options and its cooling performance based on the three builds. We will do a typical build with air cooling solutions, one with AIO liquid cooling solution and one with custom liquid cooling installed.

Air Cooling Build

Setup and Configuration

  • Processor: AMD FX-8370
  • Motherboard: MSI 970 Gaming AM3+
  • Cooler: Cryorig H7
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast (2x8GB) 2400MHz
  • Graphics: MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G
  • PSU: be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W
  • Drive: ADATA SU800 Ultimate
  • Accessories: Cablemod Sleeved Cable Kit for be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 Series

Using a typical tower CPU air cooler would leave a huge space in front of the case which looks neat. Fresh are from the three front fans flows directly without obstacle to the components inside particularly if you manage to do cable management well.

All-in-One Cooling Build

Setup and Configuration

  • Processor: AMD FX-8370
  • Motherboard: MSI 970 Gaming AM3+
  • Cooler: Xigmatek Scylla 240
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast (2x8GB) 2400MHz
  • Graphics: MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G
  • PSU: be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W
  • Drive: ADATA SU800 Ultimate
  • Accessories: Cablemod Sleeved Cable Kit for be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 Series

As for mounting an all-in-one liquid cooler, mounting it the radiator on top had some issues. The radiator with cooling fans mounted was obstructing with the HyperX Beast memory. The only possible way to mount radiator on top of the chassis is if there are no cooling fans installed. But as for mounting the 240mm radiator in front, I found no issues whatsoever.

Custom Liquid Cooling Build

  • Processor: AMD FX-8370
  • Motherboard: MSI 970 Gaming AM3+
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast (2x8GB) 2400MHz
  • Graphics: ASUS GTX 680 with EKWB Water Block
  • PSU: be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W
  • Drive: ADATA SU800 Ultimate
  • Accessories: Cablemod Sleeved Cable Kit for be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 Series
  • Liquid Cooling:
    • Radiator: EKWB CoolStream RAD 240 XTX
    • Pump: EKWB EK-DCP 2.2
    • Reservoir: 150mm Cylindrical Reservoir

Doing a full custom loop for CPU and graphics card was manageable but had to improvise with the pump-reservoir installation. I moved the pre-installed 120mm rear exhaust fan on top of the chassis to fit all liquid cooling hardware given that the 240mm radiator of choice is rather thick. No need to add cooling fans under this configuration. The pre-installed front fans should provide adequate air flow to cool the 240mm radiator.

Rear Cable Management

The RL06 has enough space for good cable management given the routing holes and supports available at the back.

Temperature

Testing Setup

Software:

  • PC Mark 8 Pro
  • HWMonitor

Drivers:

  • AMD 9XX Chipset Driver V17.10
  • GeForce Driver V383.33

With the three different builds, we ran PC Mark 8 Pro’s benchmark and acquired the lowest and highest temperature readings using HWMonitor. Ambient temperature around 28C. Let’s see our CPU temperatures below.

Clearly there’s a huge difference between air cooling and liquid cooling solutions when it comes to temperatures. Between the custom liquid cooling and AIO, I think the additional 2 cooling fans that came with the Xigmatek Scylla 240 was enough to pull its performance close to the custom loop without added fans. Either way, the RL06 proves itself to be flexible in terms of cooling options for builders.

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