Case Build & Finished Product
The front of the PM02 does not change in appearance with the system built as the solid front cover does not offer any commanding internal view where you could view internal components. The front of the PM02 is quite subdued, and minus the red accents, it could blend quite well into any setting professional or otherwise as it carries the SilverStone style of sleek and clean lines for the most part.
Even with the more wild approach, it is still docile enough to be considered something that could work for a workstation just as well as for a gamer, maybe even a larger HTPC or media center addition, but I think most HTPC's would be quite a touch smaller.
The SilverStone PM02 went together rather, with little to no issues. The motherboard popped into place with no significant issues or special procedures needed.
The fans do not have a hub, so they were all placed on system fan headers on the motherboard, so plan on buying a hub if you don't see your board having enough ports to support the installed fans and any other cooling you may be planning. And notice the large open area to the front of the motherboard which can easily ensure longer GPUs have room along with the space up front for an up to 360mm radiator or AIO.
The rear, as you can see the addition of a PSU, GPU outputs and the motherboard I/O. The GPU went in, but the unholy mess of slot covers which are retained by the bracket I mentioned previously is once again one of my least favorite parts of the build. Luckily over the years, I have developed an exceptional level of hand yoga to be able to retain the slot covers while fixing the retention bracket in place by my 4th try.
The PSU went in without a hitch into the cable management side of the case and with some minor wiggles to the PSU, it lines up with its installation holes. The HDD cage was far enough forward that the cables and everything could be tucked in between the HDD cage and PSU face as needed.
Cable management in the PM02 was not bad, and with the included Velcro straps it made temporarily placing the cables as we sort the arrangement a trivial affair. There are enough cable management tie-down points that I really cannot find anything to complain about in that regard as everything oi needed to zip down had a location for a zip tie relatively close to where I would need it. The extra space between the PSU and HDD cage was used to fit additional cabling rather than trying to stuff it all behind the tray and zip it into place. This lead to a cleaner overall look and a better feel for the finished build.
Here we have the complete system with the tempered glass panel in place. The fact that it's not a smoked panel means that we can see the hardware, which is nice, but it also means you can see any cable mess as well which means you will need to be extra diligent in your management of cables.
Here we get another view with the PC powered on. As you can see, the small RGB elements employed for our test system help it to pop in comparison to the previous image. There is one more accent, which is the bottom firing light going thru the front panel which you cannot see, but it displays the SilverStone logo on your desk or wherever the PM02 is placed.
The PM02 is near silent when operating at normal desktop web browsing, light loads and I can assume part of that is thanks to the preinstalled 140mm fans which can move air at a lower RPM which means quieter in most cases.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [SilverStone Primera PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the SilverStone Primera PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 5 [Inside the SilverStone Primera PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis Continued]
- Page 6 [Hardware & Documentation]
- Page 7 [Case Build & Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]