Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Back in late 2016, we saw the chassis that started things off for the case we are about to see. Not too many cases stay around very long, as we would be swimming in cases if we did, but for some reason the Primera we saw then struck a chord, and we decided to keep it for a while. Even though we never put it to use in any of our own builds, we still knew it would come in handy.
Not too long after reviewing that chassis, my niece hit me up for a newer build than she had, and the light went off to build in that chassis again. What we found was that not only was the build process just as easy as we remembered the first time, we also got to see her eyes light up when she first glanced at that white chassis with blue LED accents all over it.
That sort of feeling must have been wider than we expected, as SilverStone has rereleased the chassis. However, the PMO1 of that time is no longer the best of that series. From what we have gathered, rather than just a shiny black or shiny white version, this time there are three additions to the series of Primera cases.
You can now get the chassis in matte black, and both shiny versions come with the option to have the right side of the chassis sport a fire or ice unicorn. Since SilverStone took the effort to bring the PM01 back, they also adopted a couple of the latest trends as well. I mean who wouldn't want to see that chassis with tempered glass on the side, and an evolution to RGB fans and LEDs inside of the chassis.
SilverStone has sent us the SST-PM01B-RGB chassis to get our opinion on, but there are four other models to ponder. We have a feeling that many will gravitate towards this design, and if you are into graphics, SilverStone has you covered there as well. However, we do feel that the SST-PM01C-RGB, in its matte finish, will be the eventual winner to outsell the rest.
You may notice that this review is a bit condensed, as we have seen ninety percent or so of the chassis before, but we will be sure to stop and take the time to explain everything new as we make our way to it. If the original PM01 was up your alley, we are certain that the PM01-RGB mid-tower chassis will have you pining for it as well.
In the chart provided by SilverStone, we see mentions of only the shiny black model, the shiny white one, and the matte black version. This is because these are all PM01-RGB cases, whereas the ones with unicorns on them are of the PM01-FX line, but are shown to also sport RGB LEDs, and are all motherboard controllable. The chassis is made with a plastic outer shell on the top and the front of the chassis, where the bulk of the chassis is made of steel.
Of course, with the update, the entire left side of these cases are covered with heavily tinted tempered glass. The PM01-RGB is 220mm wide, 571mm tall, 560mm deep, weighing in at 10.1 Kilograms, empty. On top of the chassis, the I/O panel is broken up into two parts. One side has the power button, where the other side delivers the pairs of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, the HD Audio jacks, as well as a button to control the RGB, LED lighting.
Inside of the chassis, we find room for four 3.5" drives, using the three HDD bays and optional location on the floor, but SSDs have five dedicated locations in the chassis as well. At the back of the chassis there are seven expansion slots, and below that, a standard ATX PSU can be installed.
Limitations are not bad at all in this chassis either. Video cards can be 419mm long depending on the cooling installed in the front of the chassis. CPU coolers can be 180mm tall, which covers most of the market. The PSU can only be 240mm long, including the wires, as the HDD cage is not removable.
Out of the box, the chassis ships with three 140mm fans in the front of the case, which are RGB LED illuminated, and the rear of the chassis has another 140mm fan, but it is not LED lit. In both of those locations, there is the option for 120mm fitment as well. The top of the chassis will also house three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans.
As to the water cooling support, the front of the chassis can fit a 240mm, 280mm, or 360mm radiator, the thickness of which is only restricted by a slide open cover in the PSU cover or video card length. The top of the chassis will support a 240mm, 280mm, or 360mm radiator too, but the thickness can be an issue if memory or VRM heat sinks are too tall. As for the back of the chassis, both a single 120mm or 140mm radiator will fit, and there are no options for the floor of the case.
Newegg will sell you the original PM01, but we see no signs of the newer version there. We next looked at Amazon, and found that all five versions are up for grabs. All three of the PM01-RGB cases are currently selling for $159.99 no matter which color you want to pick. As for the PM01-FX cases, they do demand a bit more money, but the artsy side panel graphics will only add $30 to the price. Knowing what we do, since we essentially have seen this case before, we will say, for what SilverStone packs into the newest PM01-RGB cases, we do not think the price will bother you in the slightest.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [SilverStone Primera SST-PM01B-RGB Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Primera PM01B-RGB]
- Page 5 [Inside the Primera PM01B-RGB Continued]
- Page 6 [Hardware & Documentation]
- Page 7 [Case Build & Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]