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SilverStone Primera SST-PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 3)

By Shannon Robb from Jun 25, 2019 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: SilverStone

SilverStone Primera PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis

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The front of the SilverStone Primera PM02 is a flat metal applique with angled edges on both sides. The bottom has a red plastic cutout which adds a bit of color and style to the otherwise muted fascia. The flat plate is slotted with an extensive array of thin slotted holes to aid in air ingestion by the front cooling fans.

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Looking at the top of the PM02's chassis we see a sizeable magnetic dust filter covering the top cooling fan mount locations. Towards the very front, we can see a ventilation mesh across the attached front panel, which is mesh covered with red plastic backing. The leading edge of the top directly adjacent to the mesh is the front I/O, which we will take a look at next.

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The Front, I/O area, is outfitted nicely with a pair of USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) Type-C ports. Next is a USB 3.0 Type-C port which uses an internal 19 pin connector which will leave you at USB 3.2 Gen 1 performance unless you use a special add-in card from Silverstone which offers full Gen 2 speeds via the internal 19 pin connector.

There are also separate 3.5mm jacks for headphone and microphone as well. To the left we find the large power button shrouded by a light up plastic which illuminates with the system powered on. Adjacent to the Type-C ports there is also a flush mount smaller reset switch to help avoid accidental actuation.

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The main side panel of the PM02 is tempered glass, and it is not heavily tinted, which is nice, so we can see installed gear without the need for internal lighting to get a view. The caveat to a transparent panel though is that any wiring which would typically be hidden via a smoked panel will now be more visible. Something to keep in mind as cable management will be a consideration. The panel is mounted to the chassis with two large headed screw fasteners across the top while the bottom has an inner lip to allow the panel to pull away from the frame before being removed rather than just falling downwards.

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The rear of the SilverStone PM02 offers a fairly standard layout for a mid-tower offering with seven expansion slots. The expansion slot covers are held in place by a bracket which flips away from the chassis when opened allowing the addition of add-in cards such as GPUs. This is not the best design as we usually fight with these a bit due to expansion covers for unused slots falling out as we try to hold everything in place to swing it shut and affix it with screws.

The exhaust fan opening has slotted 120mm mounting to adjust a 120mm fan up or downwards as needed while the 140mm mounting is static. Vertical movement of the 140mm fan would likely cause fitment issues for other components. The PSU mounting is fixed in place which means the PSU must be installed form the cable management side of the chassis. The cable management side panel mounting we can also see here as it is affixed to the chassis body with two thumbscrews and has a pull handle pop out to allow easier panel removal.

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The cable management side of the PM02 is completely opaque thanks to the solid metal panel covering this side of the chassis. We can also see the screws toward the rear edge, along with the pull handle pop out from the panel to allow easy removal.

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The bottom of the PM02 is a mostly solid plank of steel with a few holes and rivets which mount the internal HDD cage. The rearmost section is a filtered opening for the PSU to breathe. The Feet on the PM02 are two large loops of metal with twin rubber feet per loop. The rubber feet are quite small but do the job of keeping the PM02 from marring up your desk or sliding around.

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Lastly, at the bottom of the front panel, we have a SilverStone logo window which appears to project the logo onto the surface the case is sitting on via a bottom firing LED.

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