Silverstone Primera case looks hot and stays cool

Skipping the 5.25" drive bays gives case manufacturers a lot of liberty to improve the airflow of a computer chassis. Silverstone takes full advantage of that liberty with the Primera mid-tower ATX case. The entire front of the case is a "supercar-inspired" filtered grille that feeds the three included 140-mm fans. Silverstone says the positive-pressure design and filtered intakes of the Primera should keep it dust-free.

We first saw the Primera back at Computex, and Silverstone has since added two new finishes to its options list: matte black and titanium grey. These colors complement the existing gloss-black and gloss-white options. Silverstone skipped RGB LEDs on the Primera, instead opting for blue lighting on the white case, and red on all the others. The LEDs on the fans and lightstrips that run the length of the case can be toggled through full brightness, half-brightness, breathing, and off using a button on top of the case.

Whichever color you pick, the Primera should handle pretty much whatever hardware you want to stuff in it. As a full-sized ATX case, it holds graphics cards up to 16.5" (420mm) long and CPU coolers up to 7.1" (180mm) tall. Behind the motherboard, there are two mounts for 2.5" drives, and spaces underneath the vanity partition for three more. Users can also mount up to four 3.5" disks in the Primera.

Overclockers should find the Primera well-appointed for their purposes, too. The case includes three 140-mm LED fans in the front and one 140-mm boring fan in the rear. Three 120-mm or two 140-mm fans can go in the top. Alternatively, builders can remove the pre-installed front fans and install a 360-mm radiator, plus another 360-mm radiator in the top. Silverstone includes special mounting accoutrements in the front (where, in another case, you might mount 5.25" drives) for securing a water-cooling reservoir. The company also outfits the Primera with a ten-in-one fan hub to help keep everything neat and tidy inside the windowed case.

If you've got a thing for possibly-excessive amounts of airflow, you can pick up the Silverstone Primera now at Newegg for $114 with a $15 mail-in rebate.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Silverstone make two types of cases:

    1) Innovative, unusual layouts that are space-efficient and great for specific purposes
    2) Bulky trash covered in loads of really brittle, nasty plastic.

    At least it doesn’t have the RGB LED disease….

      • juzz86
      • 3 years ago

      Although it looks cheap, especially in the gloss, it’s not a bad case to build in.

      I’d like to see them keep the chassis and redo the plasticware into a more ‘classic’ look, but at least the fundamentals here are sound, hey Gigabyte?

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        Yes, it looks like there’s a half-decent case underneath all that silly angular plastic.

        [url=http://www.silverstonetek.com/images/products/pm01/pm01wa-w-right-inside-2.jpg<]This picture[/url<] nicely highlights two of my three main concerns with this sort of Silverstone Case. [list<][*<]You can see the black actual case and white bolt-on junk in stark contrast, and that's a lot of white plastic junk![/*<][*<]The drive bays with their flimsy plastic sleds are sagging even before they're loaded. Corsair are guilty of this in their super cheap carbides, too - but it's a general problem with Silverstone's plastics quality.[/*<][*<]Not shown, but the steel is very soft. I have used many Silverstone cases as I really quite like their design and layout, but occasionally you get one in your hands and you realise that their steel is barely better than pot metal.[/*<][/list<] [i<]edit - omg my bbcode discipline sucks this morning. I'm off to get a strong coffee![/i<]

          • juzz86
          • 3 years ago

          Absolutely – couldn’t have grabbed a better pic to highlight there mate!

          A glaring omission from SilverStone’s lineup for many years (from my point of view, anyway) is a Kublai-based Temjin/Fortress ‘for the masses’. Take a chassis design a couple of levels above base, roll some rounded ‘brushed metal’ plastic accents, win. Everything under Fortress (well, excluding Sugo) is a gimmicky mess. It’d be nice to have a mid-tier, classic design – I know they intend Raven to fill this void, but it still boasts too much. The Precision ones are nice, but not equipped for ‘big rigs’.

    • Whispre
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve had a case with a screen on the front before….

    This will turn into a giant lint/dust trap right in front where you see it…

    No thanks.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Best part about the Fractal Design Define R4 (and probably other Fractal cases) is that it has a screen on the front, but the screen is hidden behind the door. It’s absolutely a dust magnet, like you said, but at least I can work around it that way.

        • RdVi
        • 3 years ago

        Yep my FT04 is the same, the dust filter is so easy to remove and the door still keeps the case quiet. I understand it is a different class of case, but this is a large step back from other Silverstone cases.

        • crystall
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, same with many Antec cases. Having the dust filters behind a front door is a good idea, especially in this day and age where accessing your 5,25″ drive bays is not really something you do often. The case looks tidy while dust gathers on the filters hidden from sight; it’s a simple and neat design.

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 3 years ago

      Better there where I can easily clean it than inside the case.

      • YukaKun
      • 3 years ago

      Is it so hard to use a moist towel to remove the dust from time to time? =/

      I mean, even though I don’t like the overall design, I have to say it is great for airflow. Some specific measurements would be most welcome, but my own experience with the HAF-932 and HAF-X are very positive using front grills and top grills.

      Cheers!

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