Silverstone Precision PS07 Micro-ATX Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 04-03-2012
Provided by: Silverstone

I'm installing the following hardware in the Silverstone Precision PS07:

AMD Phenom II 555 X2 BE
MSI 890GXM-G65
2x2Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
Dynatron Genius G950
250Gb Hitachi 2" HDD
ASUS EAH5870 V2 1G
Zalman VF3000A Cooler
Liteon DVD-ROM

The motherboard tray, both sections of hard drive cage and the top case panel are all removable to simplify installation. If you're using a lot of hardware, full size video card and/or oversize CPU cooler, you'll be especially happy that Silverstone provides this capability. Even just making the cable connections can pose a great amount of difficulty once all of the hardware is in place.

Silverstone provides mounting holes for a 2" hard drive or SSD in the bottom case panel, however both sections of the 3" drive cage must be removed to access it. Slots are cut into each side to connect SATA power and data cables once the cages are reinstalled. The CPU cooler support bracket is height adjustable using a sliding screw post on the bottom of the case. The maximum CPU cooler height is 165mm; our Dynatron unit measures in at 148mm.

Silverstone recommends a power supply depth of 180mm or less, and a combined maximum psu/optical installed length of 399mm including connectors. The length of our test power supply happens to be 180mm, the recommended maximum, and as you can see given the modular connectors there is very little space left over. Clearance can be better optimized by using a non-modular power supply, mounted with fan facing up and cabling coming out the left side, coupled with a SATA optical drive which has connections on the right. Regardless of orientation, you will likely end up with quite a bundle of cabling on the back side. The 90 angle lip at the front edge of the motherboard tray precludes all but the thinnest of cables to pass from front to back so the pass-through holes must be utilized where possible.

The HD5870 card at 10" length installs with plenty of room to spare, even with front-mounted PCIe power connections, but the aftermarket Zalman cooler blocks most of the micro-ATX board's available slots. Although Silverstone provides an independent airflow channel for the power supply, when using a high-heat producing video card it may be better to install the psu the opposite way, (as pictured) so that it can assist in exhausting hot air from the top of the case.

Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.

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