Inside the RL08 Continued
Here we look at the rear area from the inside. The first thing you will notice is the airflow style fan in place for the rear exhaust, which comes included in the chassis. The large quantity of thinner blades means this fan will be ideal for a case fan, which will move air in/out of the chassis as needed, while more aggressively angled larger blades would provide static pressure required to push through a radiator. This is not the end-all tell-all design though, as some SP fans have high blade count models, but for the most part, that is the case.
Here we have the cable management section side of the RL08. On the rear of the motherboard tray at the top edge, we have the two SSD trays directly above the CPU cutout. To the right, we have the bulk of the cable management where SilverStone has included Velcro straps, which are always welcome. There are several cable tie locations throughout the chassis, though, so do not dismay if you plan on different cable routing designs. While the system itself is inverted, the PSU is still kept at the bottom along with the HDD cage.
The drive cage is a three-tray enabled design that can support up to three 3.5" or 2.5" drives in the plastic trays. The trays themselves are toolless; however, if using for a 2.5" drive, you will need to secure them to the tray. The cage cannot be removed as the bottom lip the panel latches into omits this as an option. The HDD cage has three preset locations where it can be placed, and it's a balance between PSU space and front cooling.
The PSU area is pretty tight if you are using a 160mm+ length PSU, but since our chassis test PSU is a SilverStone model, they have a 1000W model, which is 140mm and helps make this area make more sense. The PSU area has foam rubber pads that the PSU rests upon and keeps it from vibration along with avoiding scratches.
The front I/O cables are quite simple and are as follows:
- USB 3.2 Gen 1 20-pin connector
- HD Audio connector
- Power, Power LED, and HDD LED connectors
This is simple, and precisely what is needed to outfit the front I/O.
The front fan connectors we are checking out now as I felt like we needed to show this. The fan itself is a standard 3-pin DC control.; however, the RGB is a bit different. The fans RGB is a standard 5050 4-pin connector, and there is another what looks like a proprietary connector of sorts next to it.
Both feed the RGB, so to not need two motherboard headers, I connected one of the fans into the motherboard while the other fan, I plugged the 4-pin header's pins into the proprietary connector as it lined up and allowed both to have RGB without using multiple headers. I cannot be sure if that's what SilverStone intended, but it works.
Last updated: Jan 30, 2020 at 06:11 am CST