Silverstone SST PS05



Normally I’d test tech at a LAN party, but I really wanted to get a good idea of the sound that this case would make so I tested from home instead.

Test rig


AMD Athlon 64 X 2 Dual Core 3800+, ~2.0GHz


Gigabyte S-Series M61PME-S2P




nVidia 8800GTS

HDD Cooling

Hitachi 1TB
1 x SilverStone FN121 120mm silent fan
1 x NZXT 120mm fan


I tried out the fans I had in a variety of combinations, and I found that one mounted on the back, and one mounted on the bottom provided the best airflow as well as the easiest installation.

With a fan mounted on the bottom of the chassis, I had to use a dust cover on top of it to stop stray interior cables from slipping and lying on the rotating blades causing un-necessary noise as well as cable and fan damage.

As mentioned in the Installation section, the clump of wires that lie in the middle of the interior provided some trouble to a smooth airflow and some adjustments to the tangle had to be made to achieve an acceptable flow through the system.

With those complaints aside, the case is nigh-on silent. The rubber feet keep the bottom of the case sturdy and stop the lower fans and PSU from causing a racket. The top mounted fans are kept in their own compartment which holds the fans so tightly that they don’t have room to shake and cause noise.

The full steel chassis also serves as a sound dampener and keeps the interior components safe from harm. The all-black finish keeps things cool.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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