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.
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.
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
- 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)
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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