|SilverStone SST-PS07B mATX Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Doug Dallam|
|Friday, 30 December 2011|
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Detailed Exterior Features
You may have noticed that we skipped right to the "Detailed Exterior" section and jumped over the "Closer Look" section. Once in a while cases don't warrant a section, usually this section (the "Detailed Exterior Section") but today the SilverStone PS07 doesn't warrant the "Closer Exterior Look" section, except for a few items we can quickly cover here.
The front: Basic soup here with the basic I/O offering and two USB 3.0 ports. The USB cables have true motherboard plugs, and SilverStone includes a USB 2.0 converter. What is not basic is that on the side there is a release for each of the two front bay covers. Push the release inward and the front bay pops open, allowing you to remove it from the front. This is a nice addition if you have a recessed card reader and want to keep the bay cover on, or some other similar function where you need to remove and install the bay covers often, but other than that, it's arguably an over sophisticated but elegant bay release mechanism.
A few people have mentioned they wish case manufacturers would give them easy to clean filters, and many of us concur. There's nothing more frustrating than finding a case that fits your needs, only to find its filters are nearly impossible to clean without, in some degree, disassembling your case. Well, SilverStone must be listening because they absolutely got it right. Swing the door open, pop off the filter, and your done. All cases should have this option.
Except for a plain black top, we have a PSU intake filter--with another easy to clean filter. This filter mounts magnetically. Each corner has two magnets that keep the filter in place, and the filter frame is recessed.
A very screwy bottom and screws are something I will talk about later because this case has screws, and many of them. The bottom feet are made of soft rubber, no plastic, and are mounted with adhesive instead of pull through tabs. I tried pulling one off and you'd have to give it a fairly hard, sustained pull to remove it. On the left, you can see the bottom, front air intake. Image: (1) four screws to remove the hard drive cage; (2) adjustment screws for the cooling tower support; (3) set screw for the support that is yet different from the drive cage screws and the adjustment screws. Here we have a total of three different types of screws, with a total screw count of seven.
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.
Here's the solution to the lack of water holes. The PS07 manual says this is for an optional cover for a CMOS reset button. However, if you don't need or want that, you can take the cover off and run hoses out of the back.
Last for the exterior section, we have a comparison between the Raidmax Seiran Midtower Chassis and the SilverStone PS07 Micro Chassis. You won't save tons of space, but in person, the size difference between the two cases is quite noticeable. You can also see one of the PS07's side air intakes.