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Written by Doug Dallam   
Thursday, 29 December 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
SilverStone SST-PS07B mATX Computer Case
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

SilverStone SST-PS07B mATX Mini-Tower Case

Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology Co., Ltd.
Product Name: SST-PS07B
Price As Tested: $78.99 (NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone.

It's a fact that has proven itself over and again: technology shrinks. Even for performance oriented enthusiasts, it isn't always better to “go big or go home.” In fact, the more technology shrinks, the more useful it becomes. Consider that the first commercially available computer's CPU and memory was 14' x 8' x 8' (4.3m x 2.4m x 2.6m), clocked in at a mind-numbing 2.5MHz, and weighed 29, 000 LBS (UNIVAC I )! Sixty years later and your smart phone occupies just 3/8” x 3” x 2” of space, weighs just over 4 ozs, and runs at 1500 MHz. Today, and in the spirit of shrinking technology, Benchmark Reviews investigates the SilverStone SST-PS07B Micro ATX mini-tower chassis.

As computer enthusiasts, we understand that bigger cases give us more space and more space is a good when swapping components, fitting cooling towers and radiators, and having enough space for drives and fans. We also know that full towers and even mid-towers come with a hefty space requirement. If we have space for a full tower, that's just fine, but as enthusiasts, we also look for efficiency. If we can get what we need in a Micro ATX case, like the Silverstone PS07, then there really isn't any reason to go big simply to go big. The question is, have micro-cases come far enough for us to seriously consider them?

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Features

Easily removable front filter
Dual front 120mm silent fans
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
Removable drive cage
USB 3.0

Specifications

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 / Rear: 1 x 120mm fan slot
Expansion Slots: 4
Front I/O Port: USB3.0 x 2 (backward compatible with USB2.0); Audio x 1; MIC x 1
Power Supply: Standard PS2(ATX) Optional, max length180mm*
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)



 

Comments 

 
# well thats differentRed1776 2011-12-30 15:18
Nice review of an odd case joo-joo. It looks like they took a Level 10 and cut it off just below the interesting part :)
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# Timely ReviewDAM 2011-12-31 22:44
This review couldn't have come at a better time for me. I was selecting parts to replace my aging socket 939 system, and was looking to downsize from my 7 year old Chenbro server case. The Silverstone case will provide increased storage options over the Chenbro (albeit without the quick-swap drive cage) in a much more liveable size.

Thanks!
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# RE: SilverStone SST-PS07B mATX Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2012-01-02 01:51
Glad you liked it. I could see myself building a system in this case. As mentioned, I didn't like all of the screws, but after all, how many times do I need to swap out 5.1/4s and PSUs anyway?

DAM--The drive cage is kinda quick. Only two screws gets you the top 2/3s. If Silverstone could figure out how to assemble this case without all of the screws, it would be gold for sure. I'd like to see the same design but with a 230mm fan in front.
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# RE: SilverStone SST-PS07B mATX Computer CaseJambe 2012-01-05 23:20
On page two a block of text was accidentally duplicated:

"On the back we have four expansion slots and a back fan mount that will be almost impossible to use should you go with a fat tower cooler and more than one 3.5? and one 2.5? drive. There aren't any water holes back here, either, but there is a solution for those wishing to water cool. On the back we have four expansion slots and a back fan mount that will be almost impossible to use, should you go with a fat tower cooler and more than one 3.5? and one 2.5? drive. There aren't any water holes back here, either, but there is a solution for those wishing to water cool."

A nice, helpful review! The measurement of the room for optical drives and PSUs was especially useful.
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# RE: RE: SilverStone SST-PS07B mATX Computer CaseOlin Coles 2012-01-06 08:47
Fixed. I'm not sure how that happened, but thank you for bringing it to our attention.
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# Toolless is badChris 2012-01-17 06:06
Hey now, not having tool-less devices in a case is NOT a con. IMHO, most of the tool-less stuff out there is garbage. Even my 700D didn't even do it right. It's never really secure. Hell, I ripped out my tool-less # out of my 700D because it did not work.
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# RE: Toolless is badDoug Dallam 2012-01-17 15:37
True, the tool-less 5 1/4" mechanisms are usually crap. I always bolt my optical. But hard drives are a different story. Remember too that "tool-less" also means a drive bay that you bolt the drive into with a screw driver, and then slide the carriage into the drive bay. Same for disassembly/reassembly. It can also refer to thumb screws, which are fine.
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# Screw ain't bad news!realneil 2012-01-17 11:58
I must one of the few that prefer screwing things together. I usually defeat screw-less designs and use screws anyways.
This is a nice little case though. I like the design and the airflow is probably very good too.

I have been looking for a small case for a planned build and had settled on a BitFenix Survivor ATX Mid-Tower case for $80.00,....but now I'm not sure. I like this one too.
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# RE: Screw ain't bad news!Doug Dallam 2012-01-17 15:20
It's not necessarily screws, but so many of them, and several different sizes too. The case could definitely be designed to use not only less screws, but also use the same type throughout. If SS does that. I look forward to reviewing the updated model and giving them a Gold award, all things being equal.
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# lousy servicebarry 2012-01-17 12:57
Problem is, Siverstone service sicks!! I have a Grandia GD06 case since Octber 2011, as part of an HTPC build. The 2 front hotswap bays don't work properly at all. I've notified Silverstone, actually a Joel who works there who offered to replace the drive cage upon receipt of my invoice. That was done a day later and he insists they sent it out by post. Well, I never received the 2 parcels he said he sent me. I doubt the postal service would want to steal a drive cage, and I've received packages through the postal service from Hong Kong since then with no problems, so I doubt that Silverstone even bothered to send anything at all. Next case, it will be something else. I guess Siversotne doesn't need my money, so screw them!
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# RE: lousy serviceDoug Dallam 2012-01-17 15:00
Good for you to chime in. I feel the same way you do about any group, person, or corporation/business that treats me like that. One thing we can't check is a manufacturer's customer service. I wonder if anyone else has had a good experience with SS service?
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# enthusiast casegodrilla 2012-04-13 11:38
I was wondering if this or any other mATX cases can fit a h100 corsair cooler 2x 120mm radiator and fans?
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# It might....Bruce 2012-04-13 11:48
It's a stretch, but if the hoses are long enough, you could mount the radiator to the twin front fans on the Lian Li PC-AO4 Aluminum Mini-Tower PC Case. The revies is here: benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=731&Itemid=61

You don't see many uATX cases with dual front fans....

I know that several packaged water cooling makers recommend pushing outside air through the radiator 'INTO' the case, for best performance. That's the way most front fans work anyway.
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# RE: It might....godrilla 2012-04-13 12:52
thanks i just found a better one too, the arc mini
dual 140 or 120 mm mounts on top

##newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352008
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# Looks niceBruce 2012-04-13 13:15
It's going to be a bit heavier, as it's steel - Lian Li is all aluminum.
Good, modern design, though.

Let us know how it works out, if you go that way.
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