ps07

The Precision series from SilverStone was created to bring cases with high end features to builders with a lower budget. The latest model, the PS07 is the first Micro-ATX enclosure in the series. While the design is strikingly similar to a recent offering in the Temjin series (TJ08-E) the exterior elements and the case cooling have been changed to fit into the budget mindset. First off, the front panel is plastic. The look of the case remains high quality, however, and allows the PS07 to blend in well within almost any environment. The case can accommodate one 2.5” and six 3.5” hard drives, has room for power supplies up to 180mm long, and can accept Micro-ATX, DTX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. Cooling is handled by two included 120mm front intake fans and room for an optional 120mm rear exhaust fan. These fans are hidden behind a door and feature an easily removable filter for maintenance. The front panel includes two USB 3.0 ports, mic and audio ports, and the power and reset switch. The PS07 is shipped with an adapter to convert to USB 2.0 if your motherboard does not have the required header for USB 3.0.

We recently decided to update our test bed components from a full size ATX motherboard (P67) to a Micro-ATX model (Z68). We felt we could design a high powered gaming system that had a much smaller footprint. Moving to a smaller case definitely has it’s challenges, but the PS07 seemed up to the task. How much hardware were we able to fit inside? Check it out after the jump.

 

 

Specifications

Model No.
SST-PS07B (Black)
Material
High-strength plastic front panel & aluminum accent, steel body
Motherboard
Micro ATX, Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX
Multimedia
Drive Bay
External 5.25″ x 2
3.5″ x 1 (transfer bracket for hard drive installation)
Internal 3.5″ x 5 , 2.5” x1
Cooling System
Front 2 x 12cm Fan,950rpm, 18dBA
Rear 1 x 120mm fan slot
Side
Top
Bottom
Internal
Expansion Slot
4
Front I/O Port
USB3.0 x 2 (backward compatible with USB2.0), Audio x 1MIC x 1
Power Supply
Standard PS2 (ATX) Optional, max length 180mm*
Operating system support
Expansion Card
Compatible up to 13.5 inches in length
Limitation of CPU cooler
165mm
Limitation of PSU
Unlimited
Net Weight
5.2 kg
Dimension
210mm(W)x374mm(H)x400mm(D)
Extra

 

Remark
*1 Power supply and optical drive’s combined allowable total length is 399mm including connectors, which may take up additional 20mm. We suggest maximum length for PSU is 180mm.

Packaging and Accessories

The PS07 comes in a plain brown box with some nice descriptive printing about the contents. Nothing flashy here, but that’s ok, we’re just interested in how well the packaging protects the case. The foam packing material does it’s job and the case arrived in perfect condition. The accessory bag fits into a handy little slot in the top of the foam packing, preventing it from sliding around the box during transport. The accessories include the required bag of case screws and motherboard stand-offs, a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter, 5.25″ to 3.25″ drive bay adapter, a 3.25″ front panel cover, a foam pad to attach to the top of the hard drive cage to cushion the GPU, and finally the user manual.

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Exterior

The PS07 is constructed with a steel body and plastic front panel with aluminum accents. The front panel has two USB 3.0 ports, mic and audio ports, the power and reset buttons, and the power and HDD activity LED’s. There is a door under the two 5.25″ drive bays that is used to access the front intake fan filter. The front 120mm 950rpm fans draw air in from slots on the sides of the front panel. The drive bays have quick release buttons to remove the bay covers to make drive installs a simple task.

The top of the case is removable, giving builders easy access to the inside of the case from all sides. The top also features a magnetic fan filter for the PSU area to help keep dust out of the system. The PS07 uses a positive pressure design by directing all case fans as intake fans which forces warm air out the back of the case. An additional rear exhaust fan can be installed if desired to help with this air flow design. The rear slot covers are also vented to accommodate venting through the rear of the case.

The bottom of the case is where you can access the adjustment screws for setting up the CPU fan bracket. This bracket can be used to help support large CPU fans for times when the PC is being transported. Builders who are using the stock CPU fan will not need this bracket, but it is a welcome addition.

 

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Front panel is plastic with aluminum accents and has a nice look and finish.

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The top has an included magnetic fan filter for the PSU intake.

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Front intake comes through the sides. Quick release buttons for the drive bay covers.

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Dual 120mm intake fans with an easily removed fan filter.

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Fan filter pops out for cleaning.

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Drive bay covers are tool-less.

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Four expansion slots that are vented and room for a 120mm exhaust fan.

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Rubber feet and adjustment screw for the CPU fan bracket.


Interior

The hard drive cage is easily removed using two screws. Users can mount one hard drive under this cage and up to four drives in the cage itself. If more drives are needed, builders can use the included hard drive adapter brackets to mount a drive in the 5.25″ drive bay. The PS07 has a removable motherboard tray to make installs a bit easier in such a small space. The included fans use a three pin header designed to plug directly into the motherboard, however an adapter can be used if you prefer plugging directly into the power supply. The front panel USB 3.0 includes the 19pin connector that will plug into supported motherboards that are using the final USB 3.0 header. The PS07 can support PSU’s up to 180mm long which is a welcome change from the similarly designed TJ08. The ability to add a higher capacity PSU will allow users to pack higher end components as well.

 

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Black finish on interior.

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Removeable motherboard tray for easy install

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The Build

We recently updated our testbed components and this is our first review using the new parts. Our goal was to build a fast gaming system using the updated Z68 chipset on a Micro-ATX motherboard. We were interested in a PC that was fast, but fit into a smaller chassis to make it more portable.

Parts Used:

Case – SilverStone PS07 – $78.99
CPU – Intel Core i7 2600K – $315
Motherboard – ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z – $170
Memory – Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 8GB – $60
GPU – EVGA GTX 570 – $330
PSU – SilverStone ST75F-G 750W – $180
Hard Drive – Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD (CSSD-F120GB3-BK) – $190
DVD Drive – Samsung SH-S223 – $20
OS – Windows 7 Professional OEM – $140

Total: $1483.99

 

The build was fast and easy in the PS07. We were able to pack some decent gaming components into the tiny chassis without giving up too much in return. There are a few things to consider when planning a small system build like this one. The ability to install a PSU powerful enough for a gaming system was imperative. The PS07′s 180mm limitation did not hold us back from packing this PC with some power. In fact, SilverStone’s ST1200-G 1200W PSU would fit into this case just as easily. Support for long graphics cards is necessary as well.The PS07 can support cards up to 13.5″ in length, so our GTX 570 was installed with ease.

We had to pay special attention to our memory sticks in the PS07 because ones that include larger heat spreaders may interfere with hard drive installation due to the position of the hard drive cage in the case. We had to switch our Corsair Vengeance memory sticks for the low profile ones for this build. Cable management in the PS07 was successful, but not as easy as in a larger enclosure. The area between the PSU and the optical drive is cramped, but didn’t pose too much trouble when plugging in all of our connectors. Small form factor builds all seem to share this issue, so we really can’t detract for this as all of our parts did fit.

Cable routing is handled well in the PS07, with multiple tie down points behind the motherboard tray. The 24 pin power cable is a very close fit in this build (and in the TJ08) as it sits right behind the hard drive cage. The power cable must be tied down at a sharp angle to allow for the drive cage to fully seat so it can be screwed in. A few more inches of space in this area would make installs so much easier. This lack of space did become a problem when trying to install our front panel USB 3.0 cable to the header on the Z68 Gene-Z motherboard. The header on the board is right next to the 24 pin power connector and the hard drive cage was too close to comfortably plug this cable in to activate our front USB 3.0 ports. We had to resort to using the included USB 2.0 adapter and plug the front panel connectors to our regular USB 2.0 header on the motherboard. Not all users will have this problem, as the USB 3.0 header isn’t always in this location on the motherboard.  All in all, the build went without incident.

 

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Power cables can get cramped if you’re not careful.

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High end components in a tiny enclosure.

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Great cable routing in the PS07.

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Testing

Thermal tests were run using CPUID Hardware Monitor ver. 1.1.8. Four instances of Prime 95 were used to max out each CPU core for max load. Furmark 1.9.1 was used to stress the GPU for testing. Ambient room temperature was 80 Degrees Fahrenheit. GPU tests were run after manually setting the fan speed to 85% using EVGA Precision. We ran tests using the stock case fans for the PS07. Our Intel Core i7 2600K was running at stock speeds. The temps were really good across the board, even beating out our Corsair 600T case that these new testbed parts were first installed in.

Thermal tests show that the PS07 can actually compete with super large cases like the Corsair 600T. The temperature differences between the two cases are minor, with the PS07 having slightly lower CPU temps during our testing. The GPU did run a bit hotter in the smaller case, but not enough to be concerned with. This looks like a win for SilverStone and the PS07. Builders also have the option of swapping out the stock fans with something that will push more air (like the Air Penetrator fans) or add a rear exhaust fan to help with case venting.

 

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Conclusion

While every small form factor build presents it’s own set of challenges, the PS07 worked very well for our tiny gaming system. The case looks nice and is very sturdy for such a small enclosure. There are a few things that can be improved, like having a bit more room behind the hard drive cage for the main power cable and USB 3.0 headers. The temperatures in the PS07 were excellent for case of this size and allowed us to put some pretty hefty components in a system that can be easily transported for gaming sessions on the go. The case is priced well for this category, costing less that competing manufacturers for an enclosure with similar capabilities. The MSRP for the PS07 is $78.99.