SilverStone Precision PS07 Review (Page 2 of 4)

Page 2 - Physical Look - Outside

It is pretty clear by now that the SilverStone Precision PS07 is almost fully black, with some silver colored stripes down the left side, divided by an array of buttons and ports in the middle. From the top, you will have access to the power and reset buttons, followed by the headphone and mic audio jacks sandwiched between two USB 3.0 ports (An internal USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 converter is included for those who don't have a compatible motherboard). As usual, there are two LED lights -- one for power, and another for hard drive activity. These are situated just below the reset button. To the right are two 5.25" drive bays. What is neat about this area is the covers can be easily removed via buttons on the left side. Simply give them a little push, and the covers pop right off. I found this to be especially convenient, because in most modern cases, you will only have access if you take off the side panels.

By now, you may have noticed that the front panel is made out of plastic with a brushed aluminum-like finish. In my opinion, this gives the case a nice classy feel to it in addition to its clean and simple looks, as shown in the photo above. Another integrated feature that could be found here is a door covering the lower half of the front panel. This gives you access to not one, but two, 120mm fans behind a dust filter. It provides cooling for the hard drives, as well as pushing the flow of air towards the back. The left panel features nothing too special other than the fact that it is nothing more than a plain piece of steel coated with black paint.

Before we move on with the rest of the review, keep in mind that this chassis is designed for micro-ATX, DTX, and mini-ITX boards only, so if you have anything bigger than that, this is not the case for you. Having said that, the Precision PS07 measures to 210mm in width, 374mm in height, and 400mm in length. Although this chassis may be a bit bigger than most chassis in its class, the dimensions should not be of serious issue for fitting in more confined areas. Taking a step back, I found all the gaps fit together very nicely with barely any noticeable sharp edges, which was mainly shaved down to prevent serious injuries. With the idea of moving desktops around, especially in smaller areas, I am very glad nothing is sharp enough to cause any harm to myself. Generally speaking, the SilverStone Precision PS07 is a fairly solidly built case. This is also evident as you open up the chassis to take a look inside, but I will go into further detail on the next page.

The back side features the usual standard openings, with a few additional features. We have four thumbscrews to hold both side panels in place. As well, there are two Philips-head screws at the top. This is to hold the top panel to cover up the opening to the power supply bay. I will go into further detail about this section on the next page. Of course, now you know where the power supply opening is, to its right and lower left side, you will see an array of square openings for additional ventilation. Directly under the power supply bay are four expansion slots. To be able to utilize these slots, you must first take off a small cover that prevents you from accessing the ends. Finally, you will come across the opening for the motherboard I/O panel, and a honeycomb mesh for mounting a 120mm fan (Not included).

Keeping it plain and simple all around, the top does not have anything too special, except for yet another square opening for more intake of air directed to the power supply. SilverStone provides a magnetic dust filter in this location, and I think this is a good implementation of keeping your power supply cool, while keeping the dust out. Even when your computer isn't turned on, it will keep the settling dust at bay, as well as making the cleaning process easy as pie.

Finishing everything off, even the bottom of the SilverStone Precision PS07 is kept to a bare minimum. There are four fully rubberized feet at all four corners of the case. If you ever have a chance of moving your computer around and it takes a little slip out of your hands, be thankful that these feet are there to take some of the shock, given it lands the right way. You will notice there is a slim sliver strip down the middle. This is to help tighten the heatsink support found on the inside. Personally, I found this to be slightly excessive. If you are going to install a large heatsink over your processor, there will almost always be support on the back side of the motherboard. Besides, how large of a heatsink could you fit in such an mATX case anyways?

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion