In and Around the Precision PS07

Whoa, deja vu. If you were paying attention to our review of the Temjin TJ08-E, SilverStone's Precision PS07 is going to seem very familiar once you pop it open. The differences between the two largely start and stop at the front fascia.

That's unfortunate, too, because while the PS07's face is certainly attractive enough on its own, it undeniably feels cheaper than its progenitor. Gone is the black brushed aluminum, replaced by matte black plastic with silver accents along the left side. What we do get, though, is a solid front finish, with ventilation along the sides instead of directly in front of the fans. There's also a door that hinges out, allowing you to access the filter for the two 120mm intake fans. All of the plastic is still of fine quality, and SilverStone kept the USB 3.0 connectivity, but it's hard not to miss the classy exterior of the TJ08-E.

The differences between the PS07 and TJ08-E pretty much end there. For a refresher, though, when you circle to the back you'll notice the power supply is where it used to be in older style enclosures: at the top instead of the bottom. This is coupled with an inverted motherboard design, placing the board against the left side of the case instead of the right. The net result is that the intake fans create a wind tunnel that fires straight through the enclosure, making the PS07 particularly ideal for tower-style coolers.

SilverStone uses thumbscrews to secure the side panels, and when you pop them off you'll see virtually nothing internally has changed. I'd venture to guess SilverStone is actually using the exact same chassis for the majority of the PS07. The top panel is still fastened by six screws, unfortunately, and you still need to remove it to assemble the system. The motherboard tray is removable, as is the drive cage, and drives are oriented front-to-back instead of laterally.

For better or worse, this is the same internal design as the TJ08-E, with the major change being the switch from a single 180mm Air Penetrator fan to two 120mm fans. That's also the change I'm least happy with, though I understand why it was made. The problem is that the Air Penetrator fan's unique grille design also ensured cabling would never get caught in the fan blades, something you'll have to watch out for with the more open 120mm fans.

Introducing the SilverStone Precision PS07 Assembling the SilverStone Precision PS07
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  • DanielW - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    If you spend the money and time, two 120mm fans can be significantly quieter than the air penetrator. Reply
  • JMS3072 - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    What are your thoughts on getting the PS07, and then spending a bit more to upgrade the fans to quiet models? Reply
  • ezorb - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    I wish Noctua would make a 180mm fan, I would buy 3 for my FT02, I think that the 180 size is perfect, but the Silverstone is too loud and unreliable I have had 2 fail on me. Reply
  • SunLord - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    I can't even hear the 180mm fans in my FT02 the 6870 in it masks all the noise in my case save the dvd drive.. I did notice a few weeks ago frozencpu has a non-silverstone 180mmx25mm fan Reply
  • Samus - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    I agree, the 180mm fans in my FT01 are amazingly quiet for moving over 150CFM of air each. Unfortunately the factory-included models both broke after a few years (the motor separated from the housing because of the startup-torque) and forced me to replace them with newer models that hopefully have a corrected design. $30/ea for basic 180mm fans is not what I'd call cheap. Reply
  • Morg. - Thursday, January 05, 2012 - link

    I have tested a few 180mm fans, and the best one I've seen is this :

    http://www.aquatuning.de/product_info.php/info/p11...

    Really nice and silent.

    I also bought the Silverstone (just for testing) . and it was a bit worse.

    For the long term I have no clue as I haven't been running those full-time.
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  • Morg. - Thursday, January 05, 2012 - link

    Oh and . the case showed here is a piece of crap that's overpriced . you don't get vga cooling and it's just overall worse than an Antec one hundred that costs much less. Reply
  • antef - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    Hi all,

    I haven't read the whole article yet, but I just wanted to post since I JUST bought this case and assembled a system in it over the weekend. I chose it because I wanted a nice mATX case, and was afraid the Temjin would be a little too loud with the large fan and open front grille. With the shipping cost on Newegg, I actually paid the same thing the Temjin would've cost with free shipping, but I don't mind because I wanted this case with the 2 front 120mm fans instead.

    It's a GREAT case, very high quality all around, and the manual explained things well. I did have a hard time routing some cables. It was a tight fit behind the motherboard, and certain cables like the main motherboard power wouldn't fit at all with the hard drive cage in place due to the sleeving and not a lot of flexibility so I just removed the cage. It's not the cleanest cable job in the world but it's fine. But I think it's a good, really nice looking case.

    Regarding acoustics, it's not really too loud, but not whisper quiet either. I don't know if the Temjin would've been any quieter on the low fan speed setting. I added one Scythe Slipstream 120mm fan in the rear. I'm not sure yet if I want to replace the front fans with anything quieter. I could buy two and end up hearing pretty much the same thing. Or maybe I don't even need two front fans at all? My hard drive is also pretty audible, but I don't hear it much because my primary is an SSD. I was considering hard drive suspension somewhere, but maybe this is just as quiet as this drive's going to get.

    Anyway, if anyone has any questions about this case, feel free to ask.
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  • Morg. - Thursday, January 05, 2012 - link

    if you wanted silence you should've taken a sonata.

    However. slipstreams around 1k rpm are silent enough, and a green drive would be silent (WD caviar green or samsung spinpoint ecogreen).

    GL -

    Next time, buy antec 100 or Sonata .. this case is a piece of crap (never had to remove a hdd cage, and you have no Gfx Fan (helps with the noise).
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  • antef - Thursday, January 05, 2012 - link

    I wanted mATX, and a small one at that, not an mATX only in name that's actually just as large as an ATX mid-tower. The cases you listed are too big. Reply

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