Silverstone Precision PS06 6

Silverstone Precision PS06 Review

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A Closer Look - Outside

Silverstone has spent some time creating a very cool looking case with a lot of small details. The all black version (or better black/dark grey) looks pretty sweet, but having seen the black/blue variant, this one is quite the understated one of the bunch.

When designing the chassis, Silverstone has clearly taken its inspiration from the Raven series. The shield like front edge is also present in those cases. In the rear it becomes apparent that the entire chassis is black, including the interior and that there is no fan included in this area of the chassis.

Both side panels of the PS06 are completely solid as there are no air vents or fan holes anywhere. This should aid in keeping the operating noise of the components within the chassis.

A fairly compact mesh part in the front gives way to fresh air to the included front intake fan. Above that is a 3.5 inch bay which has been modified to a hot-swap SATA bay. This is actually a pretty nifty spot for something like that, as you can easily place the chassis under your desk and still have unrestricted access to the bay - unlike those cases with such a feature in the ceiling. Above that are the five 5.25" drive bays, plenty by today's standards.

In the rear, the PSU bay can be found on the bottom, which allows you to install a power supply with the fan facing up- or downward. The eight motherboard expansion slots above that also act as air vents. In the very top you may install a 120 mm fan. If you look closely you can see a Silverstone logo on the plastic top panel. This clip allows you to pull off the top cover as we will see in a second.

A fairly large compartment has been embedded into the top of the chassis. Grooves on either side allow for cables to run down the side of the chassis. As mentioned before, the PS06 only ships with a pair of USB 3.0 and the usual audio connectors in the top I/O panel. While this will suffice for most, it would have been nice to see a more complete range. The second half of the top panel is a large metal mesh air vent. Underneath it is a large 180 mm Air Penetrator fan which actually pushes air in. This setup creates positive air pressure within the chassis, keeping dust out - much like a clean room at a fabrication plant for CPUs for example. You may also select the fan speed with a simple high/low switch in the rear of the chassis. While this is great, the cables of the Air Penetrator fan are actually firmly attached to this clip and replacing the fan means losing this functionality.

You will find dust filters on the underside of the chassis and in the front panel. In addition, there is a non-removable filter protecting the large 180 mm intake fan on top.
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