SilverStone Precision PS08 Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on January 18, 2013
The Silverstone Precision PS08 is a case targeted to microATX motherboards, also supporting the Micro-ITX and Micro-DTX formats. It is bigger than traditional small form factor (SFF) cases, such as the Sugo series models from the same manufacturer.
The reviewed case looks very plain, which is expected for a case in its price range. The left panel has a ventilation mesh, which doesn’t support the installation of fans.
The front panel of the Precision PS08 is made of plastic and has two external 5.25” bays, using solid covers. The quality of the plastic parts is not the same as the one seen on more expensive models from the same manufacturer, but since we are talking about a USD 40 case, this is not an issue.
The SilverStone Precision PS08 comes with a 120 mm fan on its front panel, with an air filter, a feature not usually seen on low-cost cases. This fan uses a three-pin connector and spins at 1,200 rpm (Hong Hua HA1225L12SA). An optional 80 mm fan can also be installed on the front panel together with the 120 mm fan that comes with the case.
The case comes with two USB 3.0 ports and the traditional audio jacks at the middle of the front panel. See Figure 6. The USB 3.0 ports use an internal connector.
The top and bottom panels of the Precision PS08 are plain, with no air intakes or places for installing fans. The rear panel and the interior of the case are painted black, which is really nice to see on a low-cost case.
The case has four expansion slots, using vented covers. These covers are not reusable; after removing them from the case, you have to toss them away.
There is a space for you to install an 80 mm or a 92 mm fan on the rear panel, but the case doesn’t come with this fan.
On the SilverStone Precision PS08, the power supply goes on the top part of the case.
The case has a place for you to install an anti-theft device from Kensington.
Let’s now take a look inside the SilverStone Precision PS08.
Both panels are attached to the chassis using black, metallic thumbscrews. 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. There is not enough space between the motherboard tray and the right-side panel for you to route thick cables behind the motherboard tray.
Figure 10 gives you another overall look inside the case. Expansion cards are fastened using regular black screws from outside the case. The SilverStone Precision PS08 supports video cards up to 14.1” (358 mm) long and CPU coolers up to 5.5” (140 mm) tall, which is impressive for such a small case.
The SilverStone Precision PS08 has two 5.25” external bays, four 3.5” internal bays and one 2.5” internal bay. Storage devices must be installed using regular screws.
The main specifications for the SilverStone Precision PS08 case include:
* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.
While the Precision PS08 has a few drawbacks compared to other microATX cases, you have to keep in mind that it costs only USD 40, which is at least half the price of other good microATX cases, such as the Precision PS07 and the Temjin TJ08-E . And we were surprised to see some features not usually found on cases at this price range, such as the metallic thumbscrews to open the case, the air filter for the front panel, and the painted rear panel and interior. If you are looking for a small and inexpensive case, the PS08 is an excellent choice.