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SilverStone B032FW Enclosure Review - Cooling/Conclusion

In the not too distant past, the thought of getting an aluminum case meant pouring out a huge chunk of change. While there are some high-dollar aluminum cases out there, it is getting easier to find them in a more reasonable price range lately. Come join us as we take a look at a low cost aluminum case with some very high end features and see for yourself if it is worth the meager entry fee!

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 28, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: SilverStone

Cooling

 

Any time you have an enthusiast rig, you will generate an abundance of heat. By means of a simple thermal probe I measured the temperatures within the system and compared them to a known performer, a Lian-Li PC60 that has been modified to produce a total airflow of over 250CFM.

 

Without going into a huge amount of detail (we're talking about degrees after all), the end result was an increase in temperature of 2C at idle and a rise of 4-5C during load. So while there is an increase in temperature, the difference isn't going to be too drastic overall. It should also be noted that testing of temperatures was done with only the four 80mm fans in use. In the event you do not use the bottom drive bays, you can still add a 92mm fan for increased airflow.

 

 

Conclusion

 

When I made the claim of features at the beginning of this piece, I really wasn't prepared for the amount this case provided. There are truly a huge amount of capabilities that are generally reserved for the truly expensive enclosures, not on one that comes in at anything remotely resembling an affordable price tag.

 

Oh, and that price tag? How does US$65 without fans or PSU sound? This is a very affordable case with some concepts you won't find on any other case in its price bracket. Removable motherboard tray, true tool-free design, reasonable cooling capabilities, active cooling on vital component areas, room for up to six optical devices, the list goes on. You truly get more than what you pay for with this one.

 

But this doesn't mean there is no room for improvement. Even at bargain basement prices, fans would be a nice touch to the package. Not necessarily lighted fans, but at least enough to provide a reasonable amount of airflow from a factory condition. Also, a full compliment of rails for the system doesn't seem to be too much to ask for. The tool-free concept is the best I've seen so far, so it would seem a waste to make tools a mandatory need for larger systems. And finally, the aluminum used for this construction is thinner than many other models available on the retail market. This is understandable, though, since it becomes an easy way to keep costs low so they can sell at a low price. Even with the thinner material, there was no evidence of structural weakness.

 

Bottom line...If you're wanting an aluminum enclosure that won't make you look like a total newb at your next LAN event, or even if you just want to make your home system more stylish, there are several options. If you want all this plus expensive features AND an affordable price, the number of choices become few. At the top of that small list I would place SilverStone. With a tool-free design and features you don't normally see on lower-priced enclosures, you just can't go wrong!

 

- Pros

 

Very reasonably priced

 

True tool-free design

 

Removable motherboard tray

 

Rail system for drive installation

 

Aluminum construction

 

Plenty of drive bays

 

- Cons

 

Includes no fans

 

Needs more rails

 

Rating - 9/10 and TweakTown's Best Features Award!

 

 

 

 

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