Legit Case Reviews
SilverStone Precision Series PS05 Mid-Tower PC Case Review
|Product:||SilverStone PS05 Mid-Tower PC Case|
|Date:||Wed, Jul 14, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Alton Engelman -|
Once I cracked the PS05 open, I started to wonder if a GTX 480 would actually fit. The GPU measures around 10.5 inches while this is supposed to hold up to 11 inch cards. So it's going to be a tight fit if it does. After that thought, I was greeted by the black painted interior. I couldn't find any spots or areas that had any anomalies so definitely a quality paint job by SilverStone. Then we have the CPU cutout hole and a cable routing hole. Right below the CPU cutout hole there's a riser "nub" here. At first I had no idea what its purpose was, but it acts as a guide and a mount. It matches the height of the mounting arches so there is no bending in the board. You can also replace it with one of the two mount screws included in the bag to ensure that area stays in place.
Turning the PS05 around, we again see the CPU cutout along with hole to route cables through. There isn't too much room to work with as far as cable routing goes, but it can be done. There is room by the hard drive mounts, so with a little clever wiring, it can be done. There aren't any windows so it would be up to you to determine the cleanliness of the routing.
Here we see the hard drive mount brackets along with the locking mechanisms for two extra hard drives. Just push forward to lock the drive in place, pull back to release, and you're good to go. The bottom drive mounts use the very familiar tool-less locking design so there shouldn't be any issues using those.
Above the hard drive bays reside the 5.25" drive bays with "self locking" mechanisms. The locks are a little interesting but easy. Just install the drive and it locks. To take it out, just pull on the tab in the front and slide the drive out. Easy enough.
Down on the bottom we see dust filters for both the power supply and the 120mm fan area. Honestly, I don't like how the filters are implemented as they would be sandwiched between the case and the power supply and the 120mm fan. That makes it extremely difficult to clean since you would need to remove those to reach the filters.
Unfortunately for some users, it doesn't appear that a radiator can be mounted up top. Not a big thing as there are other ways to mount a radiator onto a case.
At the beginning of the review I touched on how I wasn't too keen on the lack of motherboard mounting screws. In the image above we see the reason. Why it was done like this, I'm not sure. I can only speculate it was maybe some sort of cost reduction technique. There is NO mention of this in the manual so it took me awhile to figure this out. I almost lost a motherboard in the process so I wanted to let you know that these "arches" are indeed the motherboard mounts. I've personally never seen this so I hope this was some help to potential buyers.
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Page 1 - The SilverStone PS05-B Mid-Tower PC Case
Page 2 - Retail Box and Packaging
Page 3 - External Impressions
Page 4 - Internal Impressions
Page 5 - Installing Parts
Page 6 - Conclusion