Silverstone SG08 Review
Published: 6th March 2012 | Source: Silverstone | Price: £178 |
Having recently reviewed the new TJ04-E I'm a little concerned I might be starting to sound a bit like a stuck record when describing the quality of Silverstone cases. Let me put it this way. Normally there's something you can pick out as "letting the side down". One little fault that is in excusable and simply has to be addressed. But with the SG08 there's nothing, I mean nothing. Quality wise I can't fault it. It's all there. Quality of materials, quality of finish, quality of fit, attention to detail. Even the instruction booklet feels like it's cover is made from stiffened linen.
Before I was a PC guy, I was a Hifi Guy. In the Hifi world there is a descriptive quality referred to as "Rack Presence". Essentially the ability of a piece of kit to stand out in a non garish way amongst your other HiFi components. The Music Fidelity X-Ray series is a pretty good example of this phenomenon. Small though it may be, it cannot be denied that the SG08 has "Rack Presence". Conversely, If correctly positioned in the Lounge/Home Cinema environment It's diminutive looks enable it to blend perfectly into the back ground should you so desire.
In use the SG08 is one of the few cases I would refer to as "silent". Obviously there's no such thing but on the low fan setting you really do have to get your ear right up against it to work out if it's on or not.
The build was a joy and didn't present nearly as many problems as I was anticipating. OK, I had to refer to the instructions a few times to see exactly how things came apart and went back together, but I'llput this down to me not being quite as smart and not possessing the same ingenuity as the egg heads at Silverstone.
I'm sitting here trying really hard to find fault with this case and I just can't. If I could this conclusion would be much longer as it would weigh up the short comings and the ways in which the case could have been "so much better". Even when I consider the price of £178 I'm left thinking "Yeah, but so what it's worth every penny". If you're looking at the SG08 you're looking at it because the shape and style is what you need and what you want. If you're looking to build a small but powerful gaming rig which is perfectly at home in the lounge you could do much worse than to mate your Z68 Mini ITX mobo with your GPU of choice and have yourself one pretty powerful pocket battleship. My advice is, if you've thought about getting the SG08, don't mess about, go and get one, you will be very pleased with your decision.
Because I can't fault it, I have to give the SG08 a well deserved Gold.