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SilverStone Primera SST-PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 5)

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

Inside the SilverStone Primera PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis Continued

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The rear area we can see comes pre-fitted with a single PWM 140mm fan. We also now get an inside look at the seven slot covers which are held by a rotating rear clamp mechanism that allows installation of expansion cards such as GPUs without requiring screws for each included device.

I have not always been the biggest fan of this sort of mounting mechanism based on the fact that in many cases the expansion slot covers tend to fall out and require an extraordinary level of hand yoga to hold in place.

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The cable management area of the PM02 is a welcome sight. It ticks a lot of the necessary boxes that make it a pretty solid platform for your build. First up is three plastic toolless SSD trays supporting 2.5" drives, while below there are three 3.5" trays which support full-size HDD toolless, while 2.5" drives can be installed here as well although it will require screws. The cable management is decent, if not quite good with included Velcro straps and plenty of tie points all around the perimeter of the trays. Totalling 9 if you do not count the velcro tie points.

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The lower HDD cage houses three trays, which are toolless for 3.5" drives. If you use them for 2.5" drives you are on your own for screws to mount them as strangely SilverStone did not include SSD mounting screws. The cage itself is fixed in place and cannot be moved or removed.

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The PSU area is plenty large enough even with the fixed HDD rack adjacent to it. It fit our test PSU with ease and without needing to remove the modular cables. It has supporting walls along the edge to allow us to align the PSU with its rear mounting location better. Also, there are elongated cooling slats cut into the bottom of the chassis, and on the opposing side, as we observed earlier, there is a removable dust filter which keeps any larger dust bunnies at bay.

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The front panel cable options are interesting. As mentioned previously there are dual 19 pin USB 3.2 Gen 1 style connections both for the dual Type-C front panel connectors and the single Type-C connection. This means if plugging directly into a motherboard the Type-C will have the performance of USB 3.2 Gen 1, while Silverstone does offer an add-in card which will enable the internal 19 pin connector for the Type-C connection to communicate via USB 3.2 Gen 2 for much higher throughput and power delivery.

The rest is quite standard with HD audio, front panel Power, Reset, and power LED connectors. They omitted the HDD LED. Lastly is a SATA power connector which is used to power the downward firing LED used to project the SilverStone logo at the bottom of the front panel.

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