SilverStone Precision PS11B-Q PS11 Review
Published: 29th January 2015 | Source: SilverStone | Price: £40.99 |
Up Close: Interior
For a case that only measures 215.3x426.5x481.5mm (WxHxD) on the outside there's actually a surprising amount of room on the inside, room in fact for CPU coolers up to 161mm in height even taking into account the noise vibration dampening. A good sized Motherboard cut out dominates the motherboard tray, with a selection of large cable management holes in evidence along the edge and adjacent to the PSU area. Something that Nanoxia could learn from we think. Granted, the management holes do not benefit from rubber grommets, but then this is only a £40 case and to be honest, with no window to speak of it doesn't really matter that much to us.
At the front there's room for a pair of 5.25" devices which is plenty with the demise of optical media ever approaching. At the bottom there's also room for up to three 3.5" drives, with the area between them being kept largely drive free in order that GPUs up to 16.2" can be housed. We say largely free as there's actually two brackets , one above the 3.5" and one below the 5.25" bays for up to two 2.5" drives to be mounted. The only cooling in evidence here is the single 120mm fan in the front of the case.
There's space in the base for PSUs up to 225mm, or, if you keep things a little shorter a single 120mm fan slot is also available. Both the PSU and the fan slot benefit from mesh filtering exterior to the grill. The PSU itself is mounted on three, yes three rubber pads, which, although a bit spartan will at least resist any temptation for the PSU to rock.
Above the seven vented PSI slots we find the place where normally a 120mm fan would be. Even in budget cases it's rare not to find at least a cheap OEM fan on extract duty here. But still, who hasn't got a 120mm fan knocking about the place. Also of note is that the vent free roof is coated in sound absorbing foam which should prove to aid the PS11B-Qs sonic credentials.
Talking of which, both side panels have also been given the muffling treatment. Although not the heavy bitumen panels we've seen on some cases, these aren't exactly lightweight either and should prove to do a good job.
Round the back there are cable tie points a-plenty, a heck of a lot more than we expected in a case at this price point to be honest. Not only that, but they are also well distributed about the case's rear. Don't be fooled though by what appears to be a rather pathetic 8mm of space either, remember that those side panels bulge out, and even with the foam linings you should still get another 5mm or so of space which should be plenty for a case such as this.