SilverStone RL06 Chassis Review

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

Introduction

SilverStone has been one of those brands that’s consistent with build quality and aesthetics through all the series they offer. Gamers and enthusiasts would really find SilverStone cases adequate for any build be it a high-performance gaming PC or truly spectacular modded PC setup. One of their cases that seem to have a good balance of aesthetics and features is the SilverStone Redline Series and today we would be looking at the RL06. Follow us today as we check out the SilverStone RL06 desktop chassis.

The SilverStone RL05

The Redline RL06 was created with the goal of exceeding user experience and expectation for affordable PC chassis. By strengthening the character line of the exterior with simple and detailed styling elements inside and out that traces its roots to the rest of the aggressive Redline series; the RL06 has stunning looks that is often only available on cases costing much more. Functionally, the RL06 does not disappoint with oversized intake mesh panel, top magnetic filter, easily accessible front filter, PSU and drive bay cover, abundant room for cable management, and plethora of fan mounting options. Advanced users will also find support for front, top and rear radiator mounting positions and water tank mounting holes to be highly useful for building liquid cooled PCs.

Watch the product overview video below.

Features and Specifications

  • Stunning exterior styling with fine details
  • Super clean internal look with PSU and drive bay cover
  • Quick access filters for easy cleaning
  • Motherboard back plate opening for quick CPU cooler assembly
  • All black painted interior for stylish look
  • Supports graphics cards up to 13.7" (348mm)

Closer Look - Exterior

 

The left side features the huge acrylic window that gives a good view inside. SilverStone also offers the RL06 PRO version with a tempered glass side panel.

On to the right is just a plain side panel. Looking on an angle, you can notice the angular front panel design with red trim which is aesthetically appealing for me.

Even on the front view of the front panel, the angular design is still noticeable.

At the rear, there’s a 120mm fan pre-installed inside and the typical orientation wherein the PSU bay is at the bottom.

Going to the bottom of the RL06, case feet of choice is a tall piece of plastic with rubber padding.

The PSU bay does get a removable fan filter which slaps in and out fairly easy.

At the top is a huge ventilation cut out with hexagonal mesh holes with fan mounting holes for 120mm and 140mm fans. There’s magnetic filter that goes on top if you plan to add fans there.

As for the front I/O ports that are located in the top-front portion of the RL06, there are two USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports along with a set of 3.5mm audio jack ports. On the other side is the power switch with integrated power LED which turns red. No reset button on the chassis though.

Closer Look – Interior

We strip all the side panels and front panel to see what’s inside.

The interior of the RL06 is quite similar with the RL05 but this has a sleeker design. There’s a spacious front that offers space for AIO or custom liquid cooling hardware. The PSU shroud also gives it a clean look as it hides the cables underneath it.

The rear of the RL06 really offers a lot of options. Unlike the RL05, the RL06 comes with a fan hub with 10 fan headers with three populated with the three 120mm Red LED fans pre-installed in the front. The RL06 comes with four pre-installed fans which is quite lavish already, its actually enough for any kind of built including a high-performance gaming PC with custom liquid cooling.

The PSU bay has adequate space for a typical ATX PSU, I was able to mount a be quiet! Dark Power Pro 850W PSU here to be seen later. There are three 3.5-inch drive bays at the front end of the bottom which receives fresh cooling from the bottom pre-installed fan.

Here’s a look at the fan hub with its 10 output headers, 3 populated for the 3 120mm front fans.

There’s are two 2.5-inch drive bay slots at the back of the chassis for SSDs which is designed better than the RL05. This was easier to use with a much better cable management route.

Behind the front panel is a mounting area for fans, radiators and liquid cooling hardware.

The SilverStone RL06 also gets a nice branding on the PSU shroud, similar to the PM01 chassis.

The top portion of the PSU shroud has routing holes which are ideal for routing the PCIe power cable on your graphics card and for the USB headers and Audio Port headers for the front panel I/O.

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Lastly, here are the four pre-installed fans of the SilverStone RL06; three Red LED 120mm fans at the front and a 120mm fan at the rear as exhaust.

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.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

The SilverStone RL06 chassis is a great enthusiast desktop chassis. It offers a little bit of everything that you would find in most premium cases such as the fan hub, aluminum power supply shroud, four pre-installed cooling fans and support for liquid cooling hardware.

Build of the RL06 is exceptional. I find the structure sturdy and aesthetics quite appealing. The included fan grill on top of the chassis needs a revision in my opinion as it rather takes away the good looks of the case somehow. If SilverStone could have included two FF143 fan filters, it would have been perfect but I assume this was to lower the pricing of the chassis.

Perhaps the most selling part of the chassis is the angular design in front that gives it an ‘enthusiast’ feel that doesn’t look ordinary. A huge bonus for me would be the included four pre-installed 120mm fans because with these, you don’t really need to buy more cooling fans to achieve good ventilation unless you plan to purchase some to simply change its appearance or if you don’t like red LEDs. Either way, I find the SilverStone RL06 a complete enthusiast case that’s under $100 which is great.

You can find the SilverStone RL06 in two variants; black/red and white/blue with an MSRP of $74.99.

Likes

  • Included four pre-installed fans
  • Angular design
  • Improved PSU shroud
  • Efficient cooling for different build setups

Dislikes

  • Could have bundled better fan filters for top panel

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