SilverStone Primera SST-PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 8)

| Jun 25, 2019 at 10:00 am CDT
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: SilverStone

Final Thoughts

I came into this review not sure what to expect as I am used to the performance-oriented almost utilitarian nature of SilverStone and walk away a bit impressed that they pulled off something with some nice style and acceptable performance.

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Speaking of performance, the Primera PM02 pulled some really decent results with the included quartet of 140mm preinstalled cooling fans. Thermals stayed well in check and the fans showed nary a sound at a seated distance from the case, similar to a standard office setup.

Here I felt we should close with a shot of the bottom firing SilverStone logo. I mean this is what it's about right? SilverStone has built a reputation of quality parts that work well, but in many cases, aesthetics took a back seat to this performance. While the front panel is not optimal for airflow, we saw a slight uptick in thermals with the panel in place, and it was in no way terrible enough that we consider it harmful.

Silverstone has taken some of what makes them a proven performance choice and added some style to get the PM02, and it shows in the more than passable performance. It is not the absolute best performer we have seen to date, but it is quite good. The build is, and overall, the chassis has a quality feel to it and very rarely feels cheap.

The things that are not so awesome though are, to start. The PCIe expansion slot cover bracket which can be a hot mess when trying to reinstall anything at all with the case standing upright. Even in the laid back position, I had to be lucky to have not one of them shift position as I'm trying to hold them all in place and secure the bracket.

I think screws are excellent here and the bracket like this where you cannot install screws first is more of a hindrance than a help in my opinion. The other thing would be usage of a 19 pin connector for the Type-C port which could use the newer style USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector to give better speed and match what many boards come with anyways. I know from a BOM standpoint the Gen 2 connector could be more expensive, but in my opinion it's a better option for a case in this category.

Coming in at $139.99 puts the PM02 in some rough waters. As mentioned previously, this puts the PM02 in the likes of proven cases such as the Define R6, H500P Mesh, View 71, PC011 Dynamic, to name a few. Some of these cases have a bit more to love in regards to the liquid cooling fitment, RGB/Styling aspect.

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Each of the examples listed above has various good and bad points, so I think the PM02 is in good company, although it is readily outgunned depending on your specific build needs. It does come down to what you want, or demand for your new PC build.

The Silverstone Primera PM02 checks enough boxes and does enough things right, including offering a unique style while still retaining the sleek aesthetic which SilverStone is known for to be a recommended option. Just remember, it comes down to what you need for your build.

Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

Performance90%

Quality95%

Features90%

Value85%

Overall Rating90%

The Bottom Line

The SilverStone Primera PM02 ticks many boxes in a good way to make it a recommendation for your next PC build.

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Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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