SilverStone Redline RL08 Mid-Tower Chassis
The front of the RL08 shows a mesh front covering about 80% of the front real estate with a solid white-colored portion to the left, which serves as an accent tie-in piece along with holding the power switch and I/O. Behind the mesh of the front, we can see the 120mm front intake RGB fans. The bottom middle has the SilverStone snowflake logo in place, while I usually don't like large badges on the front of a chassis, this one is not too bad.
The top of the RL08 is painted black steel and is mostly taken over by ventilation, which we see here covered by its magnetic filter stuck on top.
Unlike the LD01, the RL08 has the I/O running vertically on the front of the chassis. The I/O arrangement is as follows:
- Power button with integrated power LED
- HDD LED
- 2x USB 3.2 gen 1 Type-A ports
- headphone and microphone 3.5mm jacks
The I/O is a little scanter than the LD01 as it is sans the Type-C port, which I did criticize the last go-around due to it using a gen 1 internal connector. I do hope SilverStone jumps on the Gen 2 USB spec soon as it adds some defined advantages, along with being less wasteful than using a gen1 internal connector.
Typically we would flip the chassis around to the main chamber on the opposing side, but as the RL08 is inverted motherboard mounting, this side is the main chamber. Here we see the heavily tinted glass panel which fastens at the rear of the chassis like a standard steel panel. We can also see here the ventilation inlet grille running up the side of the front panel on this side. This helps the front fans to breathe effectively.
The rear of the RL08 is the same as the LD01 with an inverted motherboard mounting. Here we see the five expansion slots at the top, and this gives you an idea of how close a radiator up there would be. We do see the rear fan mounting is slotted, which helps to place it precisely where you may need based on your configuration.
Here we have the cable management side of the RL08 and its solid steel panel. There is not much to see here as the panel joints up against the front solid body color piece, so it's a blank slate on this side. There is also no ventilation here for the front panel like the other side, so we will look at how it gets air as we dig into it.
The bottom of the RL08 is black, like the internal steel chassis. Here we see that the PSU has its removable filter for air ingestion. Toward the front of the chassis, we see the four screws holding the HDD cage in place and the two ancillary locations where it can be moved for more PSU room. I would like to see this slotted to allow precise adjustment to meet needs versus presets, which can eliminate front cooling mounting. The bottom of the front panel has a grab handle opening, which also lets air into the front area for extra breathing room.
Last updated: Jan 30, 2020 at 06:11 am CST