SilverStone Precision PS07: Budget MicroATX Tower

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AUDIO RECORDINGS

These recordings were made with a high resolution, lab quality, digital recording system inside SPCR's own 11 dBA ambient anechoic chamber, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review.

Each recording starts with ambient noise, then 10 second segments of product at various states. For the most realistic results, set the volume so that the starting ambient level is just barely audible, then don't change the volume setting again while comparing all the sound files.

FINAL THOUGHTS

It's impossible to talk about the SilverStone Precision PS07 without comparing it to the Temjin TJ08-E. The Temjin is superior in both thermal and acoustic performance thanks to its larger, better sounding stock fan, and its more direct intake vent. The PS07 uses smaller, less efficient fans that pull air from slots along the sides and bottom of the front bezel like many "silent" cases. The door covering the fans might make it marginally quieter but this is negated by the increase in fan speeds needed to make up the difference in cooling. The numbers don't lie — the temperatures we recorded at similar noise levels favored the TJ08-E by a considerable margin, and the PS07 was also beaten handily by other microATX cases like the Lian Li PC-V354 and Fractal Define Mini as well.

Performance issues aside, we have most of the same complaints we had about the TJ08-E, along with a couple of new ones. The interior of the PS07 feels a bit stronger at the top of the case near the power supply but the hard drive cage is still a mess. It's held on with only two screws on one side, not braced either above or toward the front of the case, making it prone to vibration. Furthermore, the front dual fan filter isn't secured very well, so it rattles as well. The new fan setup also lacks a controller. The case is deeper than the TJ08-E but not enough to seem significantly different in size. The only time it felt cramped was when we noticed that hard drives installed in the main cage interfered with our thick CPU cooler.

Had we come across the SilverStone Precision PS07 before the Temjin TJ08-E, we would have had a much more favorable impression despite its lackluster performance. Especially impressive is its high degree of user-friendliness, something usually reserved for more upscale full ATX models. You would think that working inside such a shallow case would be a pain but its modular design makes it nicely workable.

If you're in the market for modestly sized case, and value usability and convenience over performance, the Precision PS07 is a pretty nice microATX model with an affordable sticker price of US$80. Just keep in mind that the Temjin TJ08-E offers much of the same plus substantially better cooling for only US$20 more.

Our thanks to SilverStone for the Precision PS07 case sample.

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