SilverStone Precision PS11B-Q PS11 Review

Water Cooling

SilverStone Precision PS11B-Q

Water Cooling

SilverStone don't make any claims with regards to the PS11's water cooling abilities, but we're not going to let that small fact stop us finding out if it's possible to get a rad in the front.  First of all though we've had to remove the front fascia panel, again nicely lined with sound absorbing foam, before pulling the front of the case to reveal the bare chassis.  The front I/O is hard wired so a little caution must be exercised so as not to dislodge anything.

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The next step in preparing the front is the removal of the 3.5" drive rack.  Now those who read these reviews regularly will know that it's something of a bug bear of ours that all too often the racks are riveted in and so are not easily removable, thus putting something of a crimper on any attempts at inserting rads into the front.  SilverStone though appear to have been listening to what's being said and have mounted their 3.5" rack using only screws.  Lot's of them, granted, and in hard to get at places, but screws none the less, all of which means that the rack can be taken out, freeing up a good 140mm of space between the internal front surface of the case and the edge of the motherboard tray.

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With careful component choice it does appear possible to get a 240mm rad in there.  In total there's 290mm of room to play with but you'll have to be careful not to use a rad with large end tanks.  Here we've used our XSPC RS240 which fits with the barbed end tanks uppermost, but only just.  If we were going to plumb it in then we'd also have to remove the 2.5" bracket that's under slung from the 5.25" rack.  if all else fails however, and you have no particular need for a 5.25" device then the 5.25" rack is also easily removable by means of screws. 

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Inverting the rad to place the end tank barbs at the bottom does give more room to play with but is far from an ideal solution.  As it's unlikely that you're going to be building a custom loop into here we'd say that the smaller end tanks found on 240mm AIOs will make for an ideal solution, having the rad mounted with the barbs uppermost.  We would again remind you that Silverstone do not claim that this case can take a 240mm rad in the front, so don't go getting all upset if yours doesn't quite fit.

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29-01-2015, 08:56:43

SieB
Seems a lot like the CM2 internally, not a bad case for £40 though.Quote

29-01-2015, 10:58:39

Feronix
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Originally Posted by SieB View Post
Seems a lot like the CM2 internally, not a bad case for £40 though.
Funny, it reminded me of the Corsair Spec line up a lot so I went to compare them. Don't know who the OEM is but it's definitely the same!

The single front LED intake fan, the two 5.25"drive bays, the off-set top fan/radiator mounts, the side panel bulges and window. Even the front I/O is the same with the audio ports in the middle with the USB ports on both sides and the power button on the left.
Even the casefeet are the same.

Not to mention the internals

Edit; Well I just noticed the top image of the Spec 02 is actually a spec 01. The Spec 02 has a slightly different shaped window (with one corner 'cut off'). The Spec 02 and PS11 also have the same PCI brackets.

The only things that are different is the front panel bezel, the Corsair coming with a rear fan where the PS11 doesn't, and the PS11 having 2 USB3 ports while the Spec 01 and 02 both only have one.


http://i.imgur.com/h2lBc9S.pngQuote

29-01-2015, 11:14:19

SieB
I was thinking of the Cooler Master CM 690 II but I was wrong now looking at the spec 02, I knew i'd seen the layout before but I got the cases mixed up.

Definitely a OEM of the Spec 02 though Quote
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