Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
SilverStone is one of the names that ring in our minds as a stout brand that, for the most part, has always offered chassis based on performance above all else.
Sometimes to the detriment of aesthetics, SilverStone chassis always delivered interesting or unique designs focused on getting airflow to your components and providing a solid thermal performer. Today with the Primera PM02, SilverStone is trying to combine its known performance capabilities with a bit of style to try and attract the more looks, focused consumer.
Silverstone took a more closed off front approach to the Primera in hopes to meet the trend we have seen recently with large blank front panels offering either tempered glass fronts or solid metal/plastic front panels to give a clean bare slate appearance. SilverStone in an attempt to meet this aesthetic desire while still maintaining the performance we have come to expect from a SilverStone chassis has opted for thin slots in the front metal skinned panel.
As you can see from the spec list borrowed from SilverStone's webpage, the chassis is Primera Series. The model number is SST-PM02B-G, which designates the PM02 Model, Color Black, and a Glass side panel. The chassis is listed as Micro-ATX with dimensions of 220mm (Width) x 491mm (Height) x 456mm (Depth) which falls well within the standard understanding of a mid-tower. The case comes out to 50 Litres in total per SilverStone's listing.
The Primera PM02 can fit up to ATX motherboards, and even lists mATX but omits listing mITX. The drive fitment capabilities are 3x 3.5" sleds, which can also fit 2.5" for smaller HDD/SSD installation. The Primera PM02 also comes with a PSU shroud in place to allow a cleaner internal aesthetic by giving you a place to stash excess cabling that cannot be effectively managed behind the motherboard tray.
The listed cooling fitment is up to 3 x 120mm or 140mm fans. The top is listed as 2x 120mm or 2x 140mm fans. The rear takes a single 120mm or 140mm fan. The Primera PM02 comes outfitted with 4 x 140mm fans out of the box with three of the fans in the front blowing inward and a single 140mm rear fan exhausting. The CPU tower cooler support is up to 167mm tall, which means the Primera PM02 could easily fit most of the performance air coolers on the market.
The Radiator fitment is stated as up to 360mm or 280mm front. The top is reported to support up to 240mm radiators, and the rear can support up to 140mm radiators. This means that Silverstone is quite aware of the top situation and lists only 120mm based radiators to help avoid interference with components although with tall enough RAM and thick enough radiators this could be a potential issue.
The SilverStone Primera PM02 is available now at Amazon for $139.99 at the time of writing. This is a very tough place to be in as it's pitted against some solid contenders such as the Fractal Design Meshify S2, Define R6, BeQuiet Silent Base 600 and the Master Case H500. All of which are solid options for the price point. So let's dig into the SilverStone Primera PM02 and see if it has the goods to get your hard earned dollar.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: GeIL Super Luce RGB GLS416GB3600C16ADC
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: Enermax Platimax DF 1050W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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