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MicroATX Mini Tower
Black / Red
Side Panel Window
Power Supply Shroud
Front Panel USB
Motherboard Form Factor
- Micro ATX
- Mini DTX
- Mini ITX
Full-Height Expansion Slots
Half-Height Expansion Slots
Maximum Video Card Length
345 mm / 13.583"
External 5.25" Bays
Internal 2.5" Bays
Internal 3.5" Bays
- 7 points
- 9 months ago
from completed build First Look at Silverstone RL08 w/ AMD 3700x
I've been looking forward to this case for a long time. My computer sits to the left of the monitor, which means that the majority of cases won't have a window on the right side and even if they did all you would see is the backside of the motherboard.
So the trick is finding a case in which the motherboard is either inverted, lying flat, or standing on edge. Enter the Silverstone RL08. The RL08 mounts the motherboard inverted (compared to standard), which means the pcie slots are towards the top, and the CPU towards the bottom (the ports still go out the rear of the case). It also comes with a right-side tinted TG side panel that showcases your components.
Supposedly the inverted-arrangement provides for better heat management, and although I didn't perform any testing to verify this claim, it sounds like it should work - but the bigger factor is probably what components you have and how you set up your fans. I have 240mm AIO watercooler on the CPU, which is mounted to the front of the case as an intake. I also have a 120mm AIO watercooled graphics card which is mounted on top as an additional intake. I then have a single 120mm fan on the rear of the case as an exhaust.
I had to take a star off the final score, due to some minor issues:
Even with an ITX motherboard, it was difficult to fit all my components in. The case supports up to an mATX-sized motherboard, but if you have multiple graphics cards in there you're either A) not going to mount any fans to the top or B) going to hit the 5.25" drive cage.
The case also supports full-sized ATX PSUs, but it's an extremely tight fight to put in a PSU, the 3.5" drive cage, and have a front-mounted radiator. Luckily I have modular cables for the PSU so I was able to fit everything in the small gap between it and the drive cage.
The case is really well constructed, looks fantastic, and comes with many high-quality touches you'd expect from a case at this price point.
My only (minor) recommendations for v2 of this case would be:
- Full mounting rail for the 3.5" drive cage to allow for more space between it and the PSU
- Make the 5.25" drive cage removable to support multiple long graphics cards
- Recessed mounting rails for the top fans so that the magnetic filter sits flat when domed screws are used
- Captive thumbscrews!
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- AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
- GeForce GTX 1080 Ti