SilverStone Precision PS11B-Q PS11 Review
Published: 29th January 2015 | Source: SilverStone | Price: £40.99 |
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.
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.
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.
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.