Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When it comes to cases, SilverStone is a company that is definitely in the top ten, and if you have disposable income to spend, in the instance of the TJ11, five years after reviewing it, it is still the mainstay in our office. Not only was the Temjin series a huge hit for SilverStone, but they also offer the Kublai, Grandia, Precision, and most notable of the bunch is the Raven series, just to name a few. No matter if you are looking for an HTPC chassis, an SFF offering, or top tier cases in general, SilverStone has something to fit your needs.
While we would love to say we have a new Temjin or Raven chassis, SilverStone has evolved chassis design to a whole new series. SilverStone has chosen to call it the Primera Series, stemming from the Spanish word for first or first class; just the name alone raises the excitement. While there are some traits we see being derived from other cases in their lineup, this Primera chassis is a whole new take on cases for SilverStone. Using steel, aggressive styling, and an aesthetic not exactly like many successful cases to be already on the market, but can stand alone in the sea of mid-tower case options.
The Primera PM01 chassis that SilverStone sent over is a departure from all previous designs, yet there is still a lot about the design that just screams SilverStone. As a few cases before it have done, this chassis aims to take on just about anything on the inside, and the outside, wow. Something along the lines of a Phantom, yet still different, reminiscent of the Raven cases, but not too much, this Primera PM01 is a chassis well worth your attention. There is a ton to cover with this new layout and brand new series of cases, so stick with it as we see just what SilverStone is up to now.
From the chart provided by SilverStone, we see the Primera PM01 is available in three flavors. There is the SST-PM01 BR-W, which is a black chassis with red LEDs and has a side panel window. There is the SST-PM01 CR-W, which is much like the first version, but it painted in a matte black finish. Then there is the version we were sent, the SST-PM01 WA-W, a white chassis sporting blue LEDs and also offers the window in the side panel. These are all mid-tower cases, made of steel and ABS plastic, capable of housing either a Micro-ATX or ATX motherboard.
As far as drive bays are concerned, there are no external 5.25" bays in this chassis, but there is room for up to four 3.5" drives and up to five 2.5" drives. At the back of the chassis, the PM01 offers up seven expansion slots to house multiple cards with ease. As for the cooling, there is a lot offered. The front of the chassis is housing a trio of 140mm blue LED fans but is also machined to accept 120mm fans as well. The rear of the PM-1 has a single 140mm fan without LEDs and is also capable of allowing a 120mm fan there instead. The top of the chassis also provides room for either three 120mm or two 140mm fans, but none are supplied here. As to the water cooling support, SilverStone has you covered here as well. Room for a 360mm, 280mm or 240mm radiator is not a problem, and the same is offered at the top. You can also house a radiator at the back of the chassis in the 120mm or 140mm sizes.
As for the rest of the chart, it covers the contents of the front I/O panel. Here there is a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and HD Audio jacks. The Primera PM01 houses a standard PS2 power supply and has restrictions on the GPU length and width at 16.5 inches and 6.88 inches, respectively. There is an 180mm limitation for CPU air coolers and a limit of 240mm for the PSU to consider as well. Then, at the bottom, we see this chassis is 9kg empty, and it is 220mm wide, 5711mm tall, and 560mm deep, for a total of 70.3 liters of space.
Locating these cases was relatively easy, but stock seems to be very limited at this point. What we are finding with a bit of Google searching is that both Amazon and Newegg have some variation of this chassis. As of this moment, Newegg only offers the white chassis with the blue LEDs brand new in the box for $119.99. They do have a black version, but it is an open box sale with no stock of new ones. Amazon is running a slightly better deal, where we found the white and the black versions selling for $114.99 with free shipping. There were no signs of the matte black version, but with a bit of time, we are sure it will turn up. While this is slightly above the magic $100 price point that a good mid-tower chassis full of appointments should cost, we feel that as you read along, you will realize that this is not your average mid-tower, and is handily worth its asking price.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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