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SilverStone Precision Series PS07 Case Review

The Precision series currently has a size range from mATX to mid tower like the PS06 we review last week.  Today, we will be taking a look at the smallest member of the family and that would be the PS07. The mATX form factor is fast becoming a high profile trend. The explosion of high overclocking motherboards and solid state drives which requires much less space has helped to drive the sales of the small cases. And couple this with the ability to use today’s larger high powered graphic cards; you really can’t go wrong with one of the little enclosures and that includes the PS07.

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The Precision series currently has a size range from mATX to mid tower like the PS06 we review last week.  Today, we will be taking a look at the smallest member of the family and that would be the PS07. The mATX form factor is fast becoming a high profile trend. The explosion of high overclocking motherboards and solid state drives which requires much less space has helped to drive the sales of the small cases. And couple this with the ability to use today’s larger high powered graphic cards; you really can’t go wrong with one of the little enclosures and that includes the PS07.

SilverStone PS07 mATX Case Review

 

Introduction

If you haven’t figured it out yet SilverStone makes several cases and each one is slotted in one of eleven series. Take the Temjin series for instance. This line consists of SilverStone’s highest end cases. Made of thick aluminum sheets, smooth and subtle lines and on the most part may cost you a pretty penny. But in this case the buyer knows just what he or she wants and willing to spend the extra funds needed.

Each of the series tower series which would be Redline, Fortress, Kublai, Precision, Raven and the Temjin we just finish talking about consist of cases of various sizes. For instance going back to the Temjin series make up of case ranging from mATX to full. So, no matter your needs they are met.

The Precision series currently has a size range from mATX to mid tower like the PS06 we review last week.  Today, we will be taking a look at the smallest member of the family and that would be the PS07. The mATX form factor is fast becoming a high profile trend. The explosion of high overclocking motherboards and solid state drives which requires much less space has helped to drive the sales of the small cases. And couple this with the ability to use today’s larger high powered graphic cards; you really can’t go wrong with one of the little enclosures and that includes the PS07.

SilverStone’s take on the PS07

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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Specifications

Model No.

SST-PS07B (Black)

SST-PS07W (White)

Material

High-strength plastic front panel & aluminum accent, steel body

Motherboard

Micro-ATX, DTX, Mini-ITX

Multimedia

Drive Bay

External

5.25″ x 2

3.5″ x 1 (transfer bracket for hard drive installation)

Internal

3.5″ x 5 , 2.5” x1

Cooling System

Front

2 x 120mm fan, 950rpm, 18dBA (PS07B only)
2 x 120mm fan, 1200rpm, 18dBA (PS07W only)

Rear

1 x 120mm fan slot

Side

Top

Bottom

Internal

Expansion Slot

4

Front I/O Port

USB 3.0 x 2 (backward compatible with USB 2.0)
Audio x 1
MIC x 1

Power Supply

Standard PS2(ATX) Optional, max length180mm*

Operating system support

Expansion Card

Compatible up to 13.5 inches in length

Limitation of CPU cooler

165mm

Limitation of PSU

Unlimited

Net Weight

5.2 kg

Dimension

210mm(W)x374mm(H)x400mm(D), 31.4 liters

Extra

Features

  • Dual 120mm silent fan
  • Removable motherboard tray and top panel
  • Quick access filters to prevent dust buildup
  • Convenient wire and cable routing pathways
  • Adjustable holder for large CPU coolers and extra-long card support rack
  • Motherboard back plate opening for quick CPU cooler assembly
  • Independent airflow channel for power supply
  • Accommodate up to six 3.5 inch hard drives

Closer look at the exterior

We will start off by reciting the measurements of the PS07 which is 14.7 inches tall, 15.7 inches deep and 8.2 inches width.  In volume we are looking at 1892 cubic inches or just over 31 liters. Out of these three numbers the one that really stands out (to us anyways) is the depth at 15.7. This along tells us the PS07 should be largest enough to house a serious GPU. We will get in the details on this in a few. Just like the PS06, the PS07 is made of metal and plastic but unlike the PS06 the PS07 has some aluminum pieces as well.

As you can see the PS07 has the same refined lines and style of many of the other cases SilverStone has introduced to the market. No flash, no bling and no out of this world lighting, colors or shapes.  The only accents added are the aluminum stripes that travel from the top of the case to the bottom along the left side of the front panel.

The exterior consist of the two 5.25” bay plates that are solid pieces and not mesh which we have come accustom to seeing. And the face plates are easily removed from the chassis by pressing one of two small buttons located on the left side of the case. Underneath the drive bays is a solid piece of plastic. Also hinged the solid piece can be opened to expose two 120mm fans that spin at 950 RPM and are only 18 dBA.

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A slightly separation of the front panel and the right side of the case reveals a swing out filter door and two 120mm cooling fans. It’s nice to be able to access the cooling for cleaning without having to open the case entirely.

Aligning the left in a vertical line are the I/O ports which would include the power and reset buttons and a set of audio ports. For exterior connectivity the PS07 also offers two USB 3.0 ports. The SilverStone logo resides at the bottom of the case.

Each of the side panels are solid pieces of steel. No windows or vented are actually part of the panels. But there is a vented area just forward of each panel near the front.

The rear of the case is full of ventilation as openings are located in several places including the PCI expansion covers. We can see that there is no rear fan installed with the PS07. That is because the case is designed for a positive pressure effect which means the combined airflow of the intake is greater than that of the exhaust. And when this type of pressure is implemented vents become very important and the ones in the rear become exhaust exits for any unwanted warm air.

On the top of the case is a lone single magnetic held dust filter. Its easily removed for cleaning or gaining access to the power supply fan also for cleaning.

The case uses four rubber feet to keep it off the ground.

Closer look at the interior

Opening the side panels of the PS07 we see that things look pretty simple but also modular and well organized. And as you can see everything is black inside just like the out but that could change if you opt for the white model of the PS07.


We apologize for the blue tint of some of these photos. They are being corrected and will be replaced.

When it comes to the mobo tray there isn’t much there except for the cut-out for the CPU cooler, partially placed stand-offs and a couple outlets for routing cables.

The PS07 can hold a total of five HDD, four within the modular cage which can easily be removed from the cage via two screws and the fifth one can be mounted in a small cage that the HDD cage is mounted on top of. The smaller cage can house a 2.5” drive as well.

Removing the HDD will give you a better look at the two quiet fans installed in the front of the tower.

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Here we have the dual optical drive bays which are not tool-less. The optical drive bay becomes the PSU cage as we travel towards the rear of the case. Combining the two helps to hide much of the cables that have to be attached to either of the components.

At the bottom of the case has a small plastic stand that can be used to support the CPU cooler weight and putting so much pressure on the motherboard.

Build Images

motherboard installation.

PSU install.

HDD cage removed.

GPU installation.

HDD installed.

An ITX motherboard would have to be removed from the case when changing out CPU cooler.

Measurements

 
Distance between GPU and front fan.

Distance between CPU cooler and HDD.

Distance between the CPU cooler and bottom of case.

Distance between CPU cooler and rear of case.

Distance between PSU and front of optical drive bay.

Distance behind motherboard tray.

Conclusion

Silverstone once again has displayed with the Precision Series PS07 that style and functionality can be place into one case.  The PS07 doesn’t have the simplistic look we have come to love from Silverstone higher-end cases. It has its own style that is not overwhelming but still says classy. One time the PS07 does take from cases like the one in the Temjin is it solidness and sturdiness. Outside of the cases using thick sheets of aluminum the PS07 is probably the strongest mATX case we have seen in some time.

Functionality comes into play in many areas of the PS07. The main one would be the positive pressure cooling aspect of the case. It’s not that often you can have a case utilizing just two fans and keep all your components in good operation condition.

The PS07 is one of the first mATX cases that I have seen that make a ITX motherboard look very comfortable. Often we have seen builders but the smaller boards into cases and it simply doesn’t look right. I guess this could be due to all the leftover spacing afterwards.  I had no hard feeling with putting our ITX ASUS motherboard in the PS07. It just looked right at home after the build was complete.   

Our only knock against the PS07 was build time. build time can becoming a little consuming as the top panel will have to be removed to place the PSU, the use of two screws to the remove the HDD cage instead of just one and these are not thumbscrews and other little things like this adds to the build. But we are happy to say that once it is build it is beautiful.

For around $75 to $85 for the black model and about $90 to $95 for the white one make them really good values.

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