Completed Build, Performance, and Conclusion
The finished build with the RL07 is clean and should look good through the tempered glass side panel without much effort.
Around back things are pretty easy to organize, though I'd like some additional depth behind the rear panel. Getting the rear panel back on required some pressure with even this clean build, so cable organization will be a must if you rout cables behind the motherboard tray as I do.
Flipping the SSD around allowed for easy installation in the dedicated trays
With the build complete it's time to see how the RL07 performed with our standard temperature and noise tests.
|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||Seasonic Focus+ Gold 750W|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-U9S (PWM)|
|OS||Windows 8.1 64-bit|
First a look at case temps:
I was concerned that out-of-the-box performance would not be exceptionally good considering the lack of any front intake fans, and I was correct. Adding front fans for added positive pressure would greatly improve cooling, though that of course adds to the overall cost. Noise levels, on the other hand, benefit from the minimal compliment of fans and the solid top panel:
One of the better overall results in recent memory, with the RL07 proving to be very quiet at idle and only faltering somewhat when coping with the higher-pitched whine of a reference R9 290X cooler under full load (a true worst-case scenario). With an aftermarket cooler and some quiet front fans this case should be a top performer.
While the striking appearance of the front panel might not be to everyone's liking, the Redline RL07 has the makings of an excellent mid-tower case. It is not without its issues, primarily the limited default cooling capability without any included front fans, and the SSD mounts, which required a little tweaking to use effectively. On the other hand the build quality is very good and the tempered glass panel is nicely finished and looks great.
With the case powered up the front panel offers integrated lighting to showcase the interesting design, and overall the RL07 has something of that angular appearance SilverStone has been known for since the Raven. Add some front fans and this very quiet case can offer good cooling performance as well, but at its current price ($109.99) there is stiff competition and other options that can provide better performance out of the box.