First ImpressionsThis Case is something I've always wanted from SilverStone which I feel they couldn't really offer up until now. It pretty much has all the same features as the larger PM01 but squashed down into a smaller form factor. It feels really solid & has a thick layer of white glossy paint which is surprising as it is particularly light.
Build DifficultyThe PM02 is extremely easy to build with, you can effortlessly conduct cable management with plenty of room to hide the excess. They have added a hinged bracket on the back which holds in the peripherals, you'll still need to make sure you have them screwed in though, as they fall out easily.
SuperSpeed (USB 3.1)To utilize all the USB3 ports (including the USB3.1) you'll need a Motherboard with two USB3 headers. Also, the max length of USB Type-C (USB3.1) is 1000mm, the internal cabling already uses 600mm of that, so the max cable length you should use when plugging in devices is 400mm.
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Radiator InstallationThis is one of easiest Cases to install a Radiator, especially for beginners. The Case supports the following Radiator configurations:
- Front: 120mm, 240mm, 280mm & 360mm.
- Rear: 120mm & 140mm.
- Top: 120mm, 240mm, 280mm.
Note: Clearance between top of Motherboard & Case ceiling is 29mm.
HologramThis is by far the coolest thing about this Case, SilverStone have created a hologram logo on the front which casts out onto your desk. This is the first vendor I have seen incorporate this. It was easily visible even in my bright Office environment, so it would look even cooler in a dull lit room. I'm interested to see how this develops in the future, either from SilverStone or other vendors. No doubt there will be an RGB version of this in the near future.
ConclusionUsually when building with a new Case, I get excited about a new feature or I get frustrated at the lack thereof. For the first time I didn't really feel one way or the other. I really think this is an example of a well balanced Case, with functionality, form & at a price point which doesn't break the bank.
Pricing & availabilityYou can pick this up in New Zealand for $199 from Mighty Ape, they are well known for their fast shipping & excellent customer service.
The PM02 is not avaialble anywhere until February 2018. The Case reviewed in this article was a pre-production sample.