Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5 out of 5 by CaptainScarlet Small Box
Lovely box with filters on both air intakes.
Its tight and didn't help I kept putting the PSU in upside down. Very good airflow just front fan is either very slow or super fast and loud.
14 July 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mark1023 Very good, but not perfect
A very nice looking small tower case.
The "upside-down" configuration for the motherboard puts graphics card heatsinks facing upwards, which is useful if they're fanless. And the PSU can be mounted either way up too.
Space inside is rather tight, which means you need to be methodical in the build.
The front 180mm fan has a 2-speed switch, but even on the slower speed it makes quite a noise. A 30-ohm fan-speed reduction adaptor did the trick and made it much quieter, with reported speeds of 500/800 rpm post-adaptation.
The LEDs in the front are rather bright, lighting up the bedroom at night.
07 December 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by cpng too loud
Good documentation and smooth installation for the relatively inexperienced system builder that I am.
The fan is disappointing because it produces quite a loud noise from its bearings. It's OK at low speed (400rpm), which fortunately I can afford temperature-wise, but I fear the low air flow will spoil the positive pressure and the CPU fan will suck in dusty air through the sides and back.
I looked at the documentation before buying and made sure that PSU and memory would fit. However, there is a lack of space between the drive cage and my board's PSU connectors as well as the USB3 headers. Both of these come with very stiff cables and I had to bend the case's USB3 cable uncomfortably hard.
The HDD's seek noise gets amplified a lot, so I am still quite far away from my dream of a silent PC. Fortunately there is no vibration from the HDD's spinning.
14 November 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FatalError Awesome build quality
The case has every feature I'd expect and even more for the price, its brilliantly build and looks the part!
27 October 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JohnW Quality Case. Slightly let down by Fan Noise
Don't get me wrong this is a fantastic case, very high quality and I have two of them!
The motherboard fitting is strange as it is inverted, but by experience and measuring internal component temperatures, things run much cooler, it's a bit of a design triumph IMO. It's a shame an ATX motherboard won't fit, or Silverstone haven't something very similar for full ATX to compliment this design.
With all the blurb you may think you have the best of both worlds with the fan, not so. Great for cooling in its high speed setting, all the air volume you could wish for. If you wind the speed of the fan right down with a Fanmate wanting a quiet system then the bearing has a constant tick, wind the speed down further and there is the squeal mentioned by another reviewer. So not recommended for a quiet system, I'll need to try a replacement.
Apart from the fan it's 100% can't fault it.
16 October 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NWCoast High quality, great airflow, easy build
First build, piece of cake. Cable routing is pretty good (just enough space behind the mobo tray), and the removable mobo tray is useful. The only tricky bit is the top of the case, where an ATX psu will make it a bit of a squeeze between psu outputs and an optical drive - I used a laptop drive, which I think made my life a lot easier...build quality is pretty good, not absolutely top-notch though. One of the side panels required a little bit too much brute force to get back into place (thick power cables behind the mobo tray were the cause of the problem for me; kind of unavoidable, unfortunately, but not too bad). Overall, very impressed, easy case to build with.
01 October 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Oliver Nice.... but not that nice.
Having used Lian Li cases in the past I thought i'd take a shot at Silverstone due to their reputation. Despite the description this case is defininately more steel than aluminium. I found the internal steel sheet structure to be a bit flimsy and easy to bend, but it all went together in the end. You need to be careful choosing a short PSU, and a tall, narrow CPU cooler as the hard drive cage covers half the motherboard, and with the cables there isn't massive amounts of clearance. I made the mistake of ordering a Shiruken, which is totally the wrong shape. This case is a strange mix of high end, like the fan and front plate, and cheap and nasty, like the hard drive cage and slot covers. The flimsy bits are all hidden inside, so once it is assembled it is fine, just not up to the standard of an all-aluminium case like the Lian Li PC-A04B.
30 September 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Griffolion Full tower capabilities in the M-ATX format
TL;DR for impatient readers: Need full gaming capabilities in a small form factor? This is the case for you.
The tower is very small, but can fit a lot of high end parts in there quite easily. Silverstone make clever use of space in order to achieve this. I'll give an evaluation based on parts:
GPU: I have a 12" Radeon HD5970 running in the case, and it accommodated it without a problem. You could probably get another inch out of it, but there aren't GPU's that long, so the point is moot. Either way, you're not going to have a problem with GPU's. Depending on your motherboard, SLI or Crossfire is feasible, however it's suggested you use GPU's that have centrifugal fans (the "blower" fans that blow directly out of the card to the outside), rather than the co-axial fans (the ones that blow case air over the card, and then back out into the case), so that they effectively handle their own cooling. This is recommended so you don't place an inordinate amount of strain on the limited amount of fans in the case (see below).
CPU cooler: I use the Prolimatech Armageddon, 144mm length X 50mm width X 160.3mm height. Again, the case had no trouble fitting it in. The bottom floor of the case also has an adjustable support stand for larger coolers to take the strain off the motherboard fittings.
PSU: Located at the top rear, with a special grate cut out of the top so the PSU can take in air straight from the outside, and not from inside the case. Silverstone ingeniously also incorporated a magnetic dust cover, too, making dist clearing from the grate as simple as possible. I have a Corsair HX 850 in the case. This PSU is as large (length-wise) as the case will accept. If you are to fit in as large a PSU as possible, you will do best with a modular one, as the captive cables (in my situation) had a lot of trouble conflicting with the disk drive.
Optical Drive: Space for two at the top. As mentioned above, if you've got a longer PSU that pushes the limits of what the case can accept, you're going to really struggle as the disk drive won't leave you a lot of space. My recommendation is to put the disk drive in the lower of the two bays, so you can use the empty space of the upper bay as a cable storage area, so you can keep your cables tidy.
HDD: There is space for 3 HDD's internally in the HDD cage. The 3.5" external bay (for stuff like card readers, etc) can be retrofitted into a 4th HDD bay. There is also native support for one 2.5" drive. All of the 3.5" drives can be retrofitted to support 2.5" drives with appropriate conversion brackets. Note that the 4th convertible 3.5" bay may be the best one for your HDD, as the ones in the cage stick out a fair amount, potentially blocking RAM sticks with high reaching cooling fins on them (this happened to me with my Corsair Vengeance sticks). If you have low profile RAM sticks, you won't get this problem. Lastly, the hard drive cage sticks out over the edge of the motherboard where you typically find the 24 pin ATX power connector, SATA ports, and USB 3 port. While I had no issue connecting the ATX power and SATA cables, the cage make me physically unable to connect the larger USB-3 cable for the two front USB 3 ports into the motherboard socket. I ended up having to use the included USB-3 to USB-2 converter, and use the smaller USB-2 headers on the lower side (or in this case, upper side, see below) of the motherboard. This was a slight annoyance.
Motherboard fitting: Micro ATX and Mini ITX only, this was obvious. Normally in a case, you will go into the side panel on the left of it (if you are directly facing the front of the case). The motherboard fits in with the CPU & RAM at the top, and PCI-E slots, etc at the bottom. In this case, it's all completely reversed. You go in to the case on the right side, and the CPU & RAM is on the bottom, with PCI-E slots etc at the top. It's a bit bizarre at first, but it's one of the techniques to get the most out of such a compact situation. Once you've got your head round it, it really makes no difference. As to be expected with a case of this caliber, you get the standard back-plate cutout for fitting third party coolers to your motherboard with ease.
Fans & cooling: From what I can see, you have very very limited support for water cooling here. You could maybe get away with a pre-made closed system for the CPU, but you'll be pushing your luck. In this case, you get space for one 120mm exhaust fan at the back (not included), and have included a 180mm two-speed intake fan at the front (no lights, thank you Silverstone). Like the grate for the PSU, Silverstone have made the dust filter for the 180mm intake fan removable, simply by sliding it out of its slot. No screws, no having to go into the case. This stuff is what sets Silverstone apart, in my opinion.
The 180mm intake fan on the lower speed setting is very quiet, and you can tell it's still bringing in a fair amount of air. The higher speed setting increases the noise a little bit, but because it's a larger fan, it isn't a whining noise like you get with smaller ones, it's more of a low-sounding "whoosh". It's definitely recommended that you get a 120mm fan for the exhaust, especially if you're gaming. It adds very little to the overall noise, and is invaluable in its expulsion of hot air. I personally stayed within the Silverstone family, and went with the FN 121. Capable fan, quiet, inexpensive, and most importantly, no childish boy racer lights.
The PSU, as noted above, handles its own cooling. Being separate from the rest of the case, drawing air from the top, you don't need to worry about it. This is invaluable, so you can concentrate on cooling for your other major parts. One last note, the 180mm intake fan on the higher speed setting is so effective at bringing air in, that it actually allows my graphics card to spin down to a lower speed during gaming. As gamers, i'm sure you'll understand how much of a god-send that is.
Misc, and other notes: The front panel boasts nothing too spectacular. Two USB-3 ports, microphone and headphone jacks, power button, reset button, on light, & HDD working light. The two lights are a very aggressive blue colour, I won't blame you for wanting to cover them with blue-tack if you're not a "lights" guy (like I am). Case construction is solid, you definitely get what you pay for. Getting into the case from both sides is easy, both panels use thumb screws. To get the PSU and optical drive into the case, you will also need to take off the top panel, too. It's held in place with two Philips screws.
To get everything in place in this case, you will definitely need to read the manual, as there are a lot of "unconventional" things you need to do. Some things need to be done in a very specific order, to get them in right. I'll say again, READ THE MANUAL.
Conclusion: Can't recommend the case enough. I am in a limited space and needed something small, but capable of housing my gaming parts. This case fills both of those roles perfectly, looking sleek and stylish to boot. Another home-run from Silverstone, keep up the great work.
15 September 2013