SilverStone Precision Series PS11 chassis Review
SilverStone Precision Series PS11
Some of you may think, it’s just a normal chassis. Well, we also did, before we had a closer look at Silverstone Precision Series PS11-Q chassis. This relatively small ATX chassis may offer us little bit more as we expected. As we can imagine, there is enormous number of users who wish to have at least some of those features that only expensive high-end chassis can offer, but the budget is just too tight for buying those. We may have some good news for you. The Silverstone Precision Series PS11 actually have couple useful features for affordable price. And it comes in two variants one is windowed and other with noise reduction foam (non-window).
Already the first look can tell us that you will be able to install also higher/bigger air coolers. The inner area of both side panels is pressed out, which makes it much stronger and stable. Left panel for possibility to install higher coolers and right panel for easier cable management. The deep press on them not only resulted in more room for CPU cooler and cable management,
it also made the relatively light steel panels much stronger. Both panels are covered with foam padding to reduce the noise. We also found the padding on top and behind the front panel. So to say, this case will reduce at least some noise produced by fans and HDD.
SilverStone did not forget about rubber standoffs for protecting the chassis frame from possible PSU vibrations. There is also more than enough space for cables between PSU and HDD cages. All cables can be routed and hidden behind the mainboard tray, but you will need to carefully route all cables as you don’t have so much space. Bottom side can be used as air intake as it’s well protected with fine dust filter, which is not so easy to remove, but still removable.
Hard disk cage can accommodate 3x 3.5″ drives which can be inserted without use of any tool and automatically fixed with plastic clips on side of the cage. There are also 2×2,5″ cages for mounting SSDs. First cage is on top of the HDD cage and second is almost like hidden under 5.25” drive bay.The front 120mm intake fan is very quiet and still providing nice air flow without any restrictions, directly to graphics cards area.
On top we found another thin noise blocking foam. The front has support for 2×120/140mm fans (one 120mm fan included)
This case doesn’t offer much support for liquid cooling, but we can see some user grab single 120mm AIO and mount it at the back side of the case. Taking account that this case was actually not really designed for liquid cooling, but to offer cheaper solution without suffering quality.
PS11 can house 2×5.25” drives in front , which are also easy to just slide in and they fix themselves with clips. SilverStone also didn’t forget to make big cut out for mounting CPU cooler.
Front panel offering us 2x USB3.0 ports, audio ports, reset and strange power button, which we would prefer just to be classic switch, as this one is a part of the front panel. As we already mentioned before, this chassis has pure support for liquid cooling, but at least offers two holes in the back with rubber grommets, for users who still wish to use external liquid coolers. Seven expansion slot should be enough.
Specifications SilverStone Precision Series PS11:
|Material||Mesh front panel, steel body (SST-PS11B-W)
Plastic front panel, steel body (SST-PS11B-Q)
|Motherboard||ATX , Micro-ATX|
|Drive Bay||External||5.25” x 2|
|Internal||3.5″ x 3 , 2.5” x 2|
|Cooling System||Front||2 x 120mm/140mm fan slot
(1 x 120mm intake fan included)
|Rear||1 x 120mm fan slot|
|Top||2 x 120mm fan slot (SST-PS11B-W)|
|Bottom||1 x 120mm fan slot|
|Front I/O Port||USB 3.0 x 2
Audio x 1
MIC x 1
|Power Supply||1 x optional standard PS2(ATX)|
|Operating system support||—|
|Expansion Card||Compatible with expansion cards up to 16.2” , width restriction – 6.1”|
|Limitation of CPU cooler||161mm|
|Limitation of PSU||225mm|
|Dimension||215.3mm (W) x 426.5mm (H) x 481.5mm (D), 44L|
Overall build quality and design is simple and pretty clean. We wish to see also one fan at the back of the case included, as most users will surely wish to have one for taking the CPU heat out of the case. It would probably push the final price little bit higher. It was very easy to work with this chassis, actually. All edges were nicely finished, you shouldn’t be able to cut yourself anywhere. The power button was not really so nice and easy to push, which disturbs us little bit. Also the noise reduction foam started to peel off itself after short period of time, but only on one corner. Ignoring all small details, we can clearly say this chassis met its purpose and will for sure find its popularity among many users.
only 1 fan included