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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

mATX Chassis Final Thoughts

First off, this isn't a case with which you'd want to constantly swap components. This is more of a "build it then leave it" style of case because you'll need to take the case completely a part screw by screw and install your components screw by screw, and this goes for the hard drives and optical drives too, as there are no tool-less mounts here. The front fans are fairly easy to remove though. Simply remove the drive cage and pull the fans out of the back (screws are in front for easy access).

For such a small internal area, SilverStone engineers obviously thought much about the PS07's design, and also about OCing in it. With nearly a inch of space for cable routing, and the ability to mount 180mm PSUs and 13.9" video cards along with a full tower cooler, they really did their job. The easy to clean front and power supply filters are also well designed, and even elegant.

Other than having a lot of screws, comparatively speaking, the PS07 takes into account almost every single detail which you might come up against. One problem is that if you use the top drive cage with drives in it, you'll need to mount the cooling tower fan on the back near the exhaust port (if you have a fairly fat tower). That's probably not a problem since you'll be sucking air through the tower and blowing it out of the back exhaust port. The manual says that SilverStone tested a nonOC'ed Core i7 with the PS07 using a tower cooler--without the fan--and it didn't overheat (PS07 manual 47). So, you have that option too.

If you aren't going to OC, and you're not planning on swapping components much, then the PS07 is unquestionably a very nice choice with everything you'll need plus the advantage of a small footprint. It's a solid and well thought out case. Of course you only get two 5.25" drive bays, but for most people, that's enough. (I could even do with that since I rarely use my internal card reader. Having only two bays would leave me with one optical drive instead of two, which I don't need, and my hot swap 3.5" bay, which I do need.)

The question whether or not we can seriously consider the PS07 while OCing, however, remains. The PS07 is touted as having excellent positive airflow and supports large tower coolers, with an option to water cool, and an option to run your PSU downward to help suck air out of the case, and so I'd say yes, we can OC in this box. I'm quite sure my air cooled i7 920 at 3.8Ghz would run just fine in this case. Of course, cooling performance varies depending on variables, so take that into consideration.

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SilverStone PS07 Conclusion

With a small footprint and lots of internal space, there isn't much wrong with the SilverStone PS07. It's a well thought out case, with the arguable exception of so many screws needed for assembly.

Appearance is always subjective, but this case is marketed squarely for more mature tastes, with no fancy LEDs or other outside flair, while retaining a sleek and solid look. For that reason, the PS07 retains an all business appearance without being overly boring.

Construction of the PS07 is above average with the only aspect a little thin being the top PSU mount, which becomes substantially sturdy after the removable top is screwed down. There were somewhat sharp edges on the top outside edge of the frame, where the side panels mount on both sides, but they are outside of the working area. Aside from that, everything is smooth with attention to quality. The paint is very thick and the plastic has a matte-like aluminum finish to it.

Functionally speaking, the PS07 is a design with obviously much attention to detail. The manual is full of measurements in every aspect, such as cooling tower height, PSU and optical drive limitations (which are almost limitless), ram height to hard drive specs, and cable length recommendations. Along with that, the manual includes alternatives for placement of hardware. It's one of the best manuals I've seen.

It's hard to believe but you get 13.9" of video card space, 180mm of PSU space, 6.5" of tower height space, and nearly an inch (15/16th") of cable space, plus enough internal bays for five 3.5" drives and one 2.5" drive (or mix and match). On top of that, you get excellent and easy to remove front and top filters. This is excellent functionality. The only downside is that the PS07 is not a tool-less design, and incorporates many screws.

Value is good for a case with this much attention to detail. Costing less than $79 at NewEgg, price may be a little high for a micro case, but with all of the functionality, I can't really hit it either. Incredible functionality in such a small package is the main reason the SilverStone PS07 mini-tower computer case receives the prestigious Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Up to 13.5" video card
+ Cooling Tower space
+ Large PSU
+ Easy clean filters
+ Well layed out interior
+ Large drive capacity
+ Excellent manual
+ Solid construction
+ Nearly 1" cable routing space
+ Offset front fans = better cooling
+ USB 3.0 to 2.0 converter included
+ Internal USB 3.0 connector
+ Solid rubber feet
+ Novel front bay quick release buttons

Cons:

- Lots of screws
- No tool-less mounts
- Rubber feet glued on
- PSU rack a little thin

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.75
  • Appearance: 8.75
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 9.20
  • Value: 8.60

Final Score: 8.81 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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# 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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