SilverStone Redline RL06 Pro Review (Page 3 of 4)
Page 3 - Physical Look - Inside
The side panel on the SilverStone Redline RL06 Pro has a pretty large window, so after removing it, it is unsurprising to see the spacious interior. The entire front end is open for unobstructed airflow from the three 120 mm fans. The interior is also entirely black, just like the exterior, making it look quite nice through the side panel. The side panel pops off without any difficulties. To the right of the motherboard tray, the backboard moves slightly inward to accommodate more room for cables along the back. Always appreciated and standard on cases today is a power supply shroud to create two separate temperature zones. On the power supply shroud itself, there are three cable management holes. Two of them are for the annoyingly small motherboard connectors, while the hole closest to the side panel is to route the power cable for the graphics card. There are a couple more cable management holes next to the motherboard tray for all the other cables, while there are two more along the top for the last couple of cables. It would have been nice to see some rubber grommets here, especially as it makes cabling cleaner.
The back of the case is nothing special. The rear exhaust fan is sized at 120 mm. Seven expansion slots are found below the exhaust, and each of them can be taken off individually without too much effort. As you can see, the top of the power supply shroud is completely solid to prevent as little air as possible from the bottom area to pass through. There is no dust filter along the back, so it is important to use a positive or neutral air pressure configuration to avoid dust entering from the unfiltered areas. Positive air pressure is when more air is being brought into the case than air being exhausted. Negative air pressure is when there are more fans exhausting air than taking air in. This causes air to be pulled in through all the gaps in the case, meaning way more dust. Also from this picture, a couple of the standoffs are already installed. For an ATX board, just a couple more standoffs are required.
As you can see here, the front of the Redline RL06 Pro has three 120 mm fans. The bottom most fan intakes air for the power supply area. The front can also house a 240 mm radiator, but SilverStone warns users to avoid a radiator thicker than 30 mm, since there could be some compatibility issues. These compatibility issues are more likely to happen at the top fan area than at the front. I would think this case could include a removable panel on the power supply shroud, as it would increase the supported radiator size to a maximum 360mm radiator, and thus increasing the cooling capabilities by quite a bit. A 240 mm radiator is still good and understandable for a more budget-oriented case like the Redline RL06 Pro. The top of the case can house two 120 mm fans, but I would be careful to rely on this, as there could be some clearance issues between the fans and the motherboard.
On the back, there are three 3.5'' drive bays, though they are also compatible with 2.5'' drives. There are also two more 2.5'' drive mounts found above the 3.5'' drive area. A new feature on the SilverStone Redline RL06 Pro is a fan hub, where you can connect up to ten voltage-controlled fans. The back has a couple of cable management loops for all the cables, while plenty of cables can also be stuffed into the power supply area, as long as the power supply is not too big. The power supply cannot be longer than 200 mm. Anything less than that will mean more room for cables. On the other hand, missing in action are some niceties like Velcro straps. Overall, the SilverStone Redline RL06 Pro has a good interior, which should translate into a comfortable building experience.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion