Silverstone SG08 Review
Published: 6th March 2012 | Source: Silverstone | Price: £178 |
Up Close: Exterior
The first thing that strikes you about the SG08 when you unpack it is the weight of it. It's heavy! It'd still be heavy it was a standard sized ATX never mind one of the smallest cases on the market. The reason for the weight is twofold. Firstly, the case comes with an integral PSU, and secondly, the battleship like build quality.
Externally the case is very simple. I feel to describe it as plain would be an injustice, as it would imply that there was no style in the simplicity. The front of the case is made from 10mm thick (yes 10mm) extruded Aluminium and finished in Silverstones trademark brushing before being anodised black. A slot load for a slimline optical drive resides towards the very top of the front panel, with the power button tucked quite inconspicuously into the bottom left hand corner. 2xUSB3, a phono and mic jack-plug sockets are arranged vertically down the right hand side. For those of you who have read my review of the TJ04-E this method of accommodating the front I/O is what I was suggesting would have looked better than the sloping roof ramp Silverstone chose to go with on the TJ04-E.
Both sides of the case have large vented areas cut into them. With the case being a positive pressure design, all of these vent are to allow warm air to be pushed out. The Vented area on the roof protects the only case fan to be found in the SG08 with the fan underneath being one of Silverstones own air perpetrator units.
Moving to the rear of the case we see that Silverstone have located quite a few of the controls back here, presumably so as not to clutter up the front fascia. In the top left of the rear we find a small switch which enables you to choose between a case fan at 700rpm and 18dB-A or 1200rpm and 34dB-A. The right side of he rear of the case is home to the 2 vented expansion slot covers (strangely in chrome not black like the rest of the case), and the 3 pin IEC mains lead connection socket. Just to the left of this is a small and inconspicuous reset button.
The base of the case has a 120mm filtered fan guard protecting the air intake for the PSU, with a further area of venting over to the right hand side to aid GPU cooling. It's worth noting that all intakes on the SG08 have filters.