Performance and Conclusion

We'll first take a quick look inside the case, which is an open layout without 5.25-inch bays – though it has a little less available space than some due to the lower partition that hides the PSU and HDD storage bays.

We generally cover most aspects of a system build with any case review, but here I will simply link to the build process from my review of the previous Primera PM01, as it will be indentical to this case as far as the internal build process goes.

Click here to see the full build process with the Primera PM01 from our previous review!

One difference in the internals of the new PM01-RGB is going to be the lighting controller, which is the upper PCB in the photo below (the lower PCB is the PWM fan hub):

This control board sits on the rear panel behind the motherboard tray, offering an out-of-box setup that allows for the modes of the integrated lighting to be set (various solid colors, color cycle, or off). There is a switch on this board that allows for ASUS Aura Sync enabled motherboards to be connected, and cables are included for this purpose. For my build – as I have an ASUS board with this feature – I quickly threw the switch and followed the printed instructions from SilverStone to disconnect the default control cables before plugging in my RGB header cable. The RGB control worked flawlessly using the ASUS software, and the entire process took only a couple of minutes.

With the system built it was time to find out how it performed using my latest enclosure test platform, which includes an Intel Core i7-7700K and my trusty AMD Radeon R9 290X – both of which run quite warm and should challenge just about any enclosure's thermal design.

Test Platform
Processor Intel Core i7-7700K
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix H270I Gaming
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 4 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
Graphics Card AMD Radeon R9 290X (Reference)
Storage SanDisk 64 GB SATA 6.0 GB/s SSD
Power Supply SilverStone Strider ST55F-G PSU
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U9S (PWM)
OS Windows 8.1 64-bit

Temperatures and Noise

The PM01-RGB delivers good thermals, but adding a rear exhaust fan would probably enhance the results. This is a very small test group as I embark on testing enclosures with these components, but these numbers are well within expected levels.

Moving on to noise levels I will stress that to achieve good results it's important to connect the included fan hub's PWM cable to the motherboard.

The PM01-RGB was very quiet at idle, only rising as the temps went up during load tests. Essentially, the PM01-RGB, like the PM01 before it, is dependent on components for noise output. Any time there is a large front grill like this component noise will pretty much be untamed, though noise is also dependent on positioning as the case is mostly closed other than the front.

Conclusion

The SilverStone Primera PM01-RGB is a nice upgrade over the first PM01 in the design department, with the new tempered glass side panel and option for RGB lighting effects adding a lot to the look of the case. I'm personally a fan of a slightly aggressive case design, and SilverStone's Raven series in particular, and there's definately some of that Raven DNA in this case.

The $159.99 price tag feels a little high, but tempered glass and RGB do understandably add to the cost. Still, there are a lot of options out there in this price range with similar features, including tempered glass/RGB options from Corsair and Phanteks at lower price-points, and it will make choosing this PM01-RGB more about design over value. Don't get me wrong, this is a solid effort from SilverStone, but case market is very, very competitive and consumers have a lot of options in the $150 range.

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