SilverStone Precision PS06 Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on June 15, 2011
The Precision PS06 is the latest mid-tower case from SilverStone, coming with features usually only found on more expensive models, such as eight expansion slots and a hard drive/SSD docking bay. Let’s see if it is a good buy.
The left panel of the PS06 can be solid or have a huge transparent window. The model with the transparent window is called PS06-W and, since it is the only version sold in the US, it is the model we are reviewing.
The front panel of the SilverStone Precision PS06 has five external 5.25” bays, which is impressive for a mid-tower case, since most models come with only three or four external 5.25” bays. The bay covers aren’t meshed. The front panel also has an external 3.5”/2.5” docking bay with hot swap connectors for one hard drive or SSD.
The PS06 comes with an air filter for its front fan, and this filter can be easily removed by sliding it through either side of the front panel.
The front fan is a 120 mm sleeve bearing model (SilverStone S1202512ELN-3M, which is actually manufactured by Globe Fan; unfortunately, we couldn’t find its technical specifications). It uses a three-pin power connector, so you can install it directly on your motherboard and monitor its speed.
The top panel of the PS06 can be seen in Figure 7. It comes with a 180 mm sleeve bearing fan (a SilverStone AP181 model), which is installed in ventilation mode, pulling air from outside the case. This causes this case to have a positive air pressure, i.e., there is more forced air entering the case than exiting it. As you may know, in most cases the top fan is installed in exhaustion mode, pulling air from inside the case. The rear panel of the case comes with a two-speed controller for this fan, and you can select between 700 rpm/80 cfm/18 dBA and 1,200 rpm/130 cfm/34 dBA. The case comes with an air filter for this fan, which is really important, since it is blowing air inside the case.
The PS06 has only two USB 3.0 ports and the traditional audio jacks, which are located on the top panel. The top panel has two grooves for you to route the cables of devices that are eventually connected to the USB ports.
The USB 3.0 ports of the PS06 are attached to a motherboard front panel connector instead of using standard USB plugs. This way, you won’t need to route the USB cables to the outside of the case and install them to the USB 3.0 ports located on the motherboard rear panel. So, make sure your motherboard has a USB 3.0 header. Alternatively, you can install the USB 3.0 ports to a USB 2.0 motherboard header using the included adapter. See Figure 9.
The Precision PS06 comes with a big air filter on its bottom panel. It is used by the power supply fan and by an optional 120 mm or 140 mm fan that goes on the bottom panel. This filter is easily removed from the rear panel, so you don’t need to lift the case whenever you decide to clean it.
The rear panel and the interior of the PS06 are painted black. The reviewed case has eight expansion slots, all featuring vented covers. This allows you to install three or four video cards, depending on your motherboard.
There are two holes for hoses of liquid cooling solutions, but they come closed and you need to break their metallic protection in order to use them.
Unfortunately, the PS06 doesn’t come with a rear fan installed. However, it comes with a frame allowing you to install a 120 mm fan without the need of using screws. Since this case has a big fan on its top panel blowing air inside the case, a rear fan may not be necessary.
The speed controller for the top fan is located on the rear panel upper right corner. See Figure 12.
The PS06 comes with a loop for you to install a padlock or a warranty seal, preventing unauthorized people from opening your computer.
Let’s now take a look inside the SilverStone Precision PS06.
Both panels are attached to the chassis using black thumbscrews, which is great. The motherboard tray has a huge hole for you to access the backplate of the CPU cooler without having to remove the motherboard from the case, several holes for you to route cables behind it, and several metallic clips for you to fasten cables behind the motherboard tray using cable ties.
In Figure 16, you have another overall look inside the case. Expansion cards are fastened to the case using black thumbscrews. The PS06 supports video cards up to 12.2” (310 mm) long and CPU coolers up to 7” (179 mm) tall.
The power supply is installed at the bottom of the case. Note that it can be installed with either its bottom fan facing up or facing down, so you can decide if you want the fan of your power supply pulling air from inside the case or from outside of it. The case comes with an adjustable support for the power supply.
If you install a power supply with a depth of up to 6.3” (160 mm), you can install either a 120 mm or a 140 mm fan on the bottom. With a power supply 6.5” (165 mm) deep, you can still install a 120 mm fan. However, if you install deeper power supplies, you won’t be able to install a fan on the bottom panel. As already shown, the case has a single air filter for the power supply fan and the bottom fan.
The SilverStone Precision PS06 has five 5.25” external bays, one 3.5”/2.5” external bay with hot swap connectors, and four internal 3.5”/2.5” bays. All bays feature tool-less installation mechanisms.
The hard disk drive cage is removable. This allows you to improve the case air flow, if you have a single drive installed in the external 3.5”/2.5” bay. This feature also makes it easier to install several hard drives.
Each 3.5”/2.5” bay is actually a drawer. You won’t need to use screws when installing 3.5” devices. The available pegs have rubber rings to absorb the hard drive vibration. Two-and-a-half-inch units require the use of regular screws to be installed.
The main specifications for the SilverStone Precision PS06 case include:
* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.
The SilverStone Precision PS06 is a good option if you are looking for a mid-tower case with eight expansion slots and would like to try a case with positive air pressure for a change (more specifically, with a top fan blowing air inside the case).