Date: November 17th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: SilverStone
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
SilverStone calls this case the PS05B, with the “B” denoting black, and it is definitely black, both inside and out, with only the snowflake logo on the lower mesh panel to break up the monochrome look. Which is not to say that this case is ordinary or boring. Ornamental trim surrounding the front and top panels resemble dentil molding seen on some furniture and architectural details, and mesh panels accent the top and front of the case. Both side panels are flat and unadorned.
Another raised detail houses the power and reset buttons as well as the rather sparsely appointed I/O panel. Two USB 2.0 ports flank the customary audio jacks and comprise the only front panel functionality present on the PS05B. Depending on the placement of the chassis, these ports are likely to be rather inconvenient.
The rear of the chassis is relatively conventional with the PSU mount at the bottom, seven expansion bays, 120mm rear exhaust fan (the only case fan included with the PS05B,) and thumbscrews to secure the side panels. SilverStone also includes a couple of liquid-cooling tubing access holes, a tool free expansion card clip and two ventilated, replaceable expansion bay covers. Depressing the tab indicated by the red arrow…
…allows for the removal of the top meshed panel, revealing a well ventilated area that supplies air to…
…the optional fans that can be mounted to the top mesh panel. 120mm fans install easily in the two placements, but the filter material seems very restrictive and should probably be removed if the user decides to place a fan or two up here. Unfortunately, SilverStone doesn't make this an easy task as the mesh insert will have to come off to get at the filter material.