SilverStone Technology is a Taiwanese manufacturer that produces high-quality computer cases, power supplies and various cooling systems for PCs.
Our regular readers are very familiar with its products. Recently SilverStone Raven RVZ01-E case was visited in the laboratory , and even earlier we considered two powerful power supplies of SFX format – SilverStone SX550 and SX700-LPT . And this is not to mention other models that we studied as they were released.
The hero of the review was one of the novelties of the company, presented in early 2017 . It is a fairly compact “middle tower” Silverstone Redline RL06, which is positioned in the middle segment and is designed to build productive systems. From competing solutions, it is distinguished by the possibility of installing three SGS radiators, a two-section design and some chips that make life easier for the user.
Silverstone Redline RL06 is available in two color versions – black and white, each of which in turn can be presented in a conventional or extended (Pro) configuration. In the latter case, in addition to the standard 120 mm fan on the rear panel there are three 120 mm backlit turntables installed on the front panel. We were tested for the white version of Pro.
New Silverstone is packed in a compact box, which is equipped with cutouts on the ends, facilitating transportation. Taking into account the gross weight of slightly more than 6 kg, it is convenient to transport and not too heavy.
Inside the case, as usual, wrapped in a plastic bag and sandwiched between two foam plastic clips.
The scope of delivery is extremely simple. It includes a package of A5 format, in which there is a folded four-sheet, which is a user’s guide, and a bag with all the necessary cogs.
The manual is made in the form of A4 sheet, printed on both sides. Brief instructions are given in ten languages.
And for curious users will not be superfluous reference to the user’s guide on the website of the manufacturer.
We’ll start the section in a standard way – from a photo for the press. The black version was presented at the very beginning, now we will estimate white.
In my opinion, the case looks both strict and modern. Its design is able to attract a certain group of users.
The front panel with asymmetric fringing is completely tightened with a mesh dust filter, behind which are hidden three 120 mm fans.
Most of the top panel is occupied by ventilation holes for installing two 140/120 mm fans or a radiator of a liquid cooling system.
The ventilation holes are covered with a black mesh filter, which is fixed to the body on magnetic strips.
I will give a picture of the panel with the filter removed.
In the front of the top panel is the control unit. From left to right there is a power button, an activity indicator of the disk system, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, microphone and headphone connectors. Buttons for emergency restart are not provided.
Despite the short stroke of the power button, tactile pressing of it is felt clearly.
Now we will pay attention to the back edge.
At the back we see a cutout for the motherboard expansion ports, to the right of which is a 120 mm exhaust fan. Below there are plugs of seven expansion slots and a place for the power supply.
Interest in the bottom of the case is caused only by the ventilation opening for the power unit, closed with a simple mesh filter. Legs wide and high. They must ensure a stable position of the system unit and a good airflow for the BP.
The side cover is equipped with an acrylic window through which the components of the computer are visible.
Now imagine our traditional compilation …
… and go to the study of the internal device SilverStone Redline RL06.
First of all, we note that the body has been so popular in recent years, two-section design. Simply put, its design is divided into two parts, the power supply and the hard drive basket completely separated from the rest of the system.
Together with the Cable Management system, this solution ensures a neat appearance of the assembled system.
On the bottom section, the manufacturer’s logo is printed exactly on the center.
From the back, we see a motherboard with a cutout, which should provide the installation of CPU cooling systems with a stiff cross directly in the case.
In the center there is a hub, the connectors of which allow you to connect as many as ten fans. Three places are already occupied by turntables from the front panel, and the hub itself is connected to the power supply by the black Molex connector.
On the left you can see a pair of sleds for solid-state drives or standard 2.5 “hard drives, and below them is a basket with a sled for three 3.5” drives.
Now let’s list the components of the test stand and move on to building the system.
According to the manufacturer’s specifications, the new SilverStone can accommodate enough overall components: a video card up to 348 mm long and a power supply unit up to 200 mm long. The height of the processor cooler can reach 158 mm.
The motherboard in SilverStone Redline RL06 is installed on standard six-millimeter racks, which are pre-installed in a tray according to the ATX specification. Further all is simple. Install the hard drives in the sled.
Disk 2.5″ is fastened with four screws to the bottom of the slide, the 3.5″ disk is attached to them by four screws from the sides, through vibration absorbing rubber elements. In addition, in the sled, designed for 3.5″ devices, you can install 2.5″ discs by screwing them to the base.
As for everything else … In the age of digital distribution, the presence of an optical disc drive is no longer so urgent, therefore, we will skip this step. However, in case of need, you will have to break your head over its installation, because there are no regular seats for it.
The power supply is installed in the lower compartment without any special features. Here it is worth noting that on the side of it there is a place in which you can very conveniently hide unused wires. Following the BP is the turn of expansion cards, which are fastened in the old-fashioned way, with cogs.
Now that all the components are in place, it remains to figure out the wires. Through large openings they are withdrawn from the pallet and perfectly fit there. The holes of the cable management system in this case are not equipped with rubber membranes: let this solution look less neat, but the assembly is easier.
The front side in terms of laying cables looks just fine!
In general, the quality of manufacturing SilverStone Redline RL06 is at the highest level. And since the body is compact and light, it’s very convenient to handle it during assembly.
The system is assembled and ready for testing. Turn it on and take a closer look at the cooling system.
Cooling system version Silverstone Redline RL06 Pro consists of four branded fans with a diameter of 120 mm. Three of them are made of acrylic and installed on the front panel, and one is placed on the back edge, opposite the processor socket, and is made of black plastic. This solution provides excessive pressure in the case, which is worth noting as a plus, as the system will not “vacuum” through the slots.
Above we already mentioned a hub for ten fans, unfortunately, without speed control. And it is established here not in vain. In addition to the regular, you can install three 120mm models on the top edge, and in the presence of direct hands – a couple more on the bottom panel.
The included system does not work very loudly, but the performance of the fans is clearly noticeable by ear.
The AMD A8-5600K processor worked at a nominal frequency of 3800 MHz. It was warmed by means of a CPU-Z stress test and cooled down in a simple manner until the temperature stabilized (five minutes without changes).
The RealTemp utility was responsible for monitoring the CPU temperature. In all cases, the graphs show the temperature of the hottest core.
Modules of RAM DDR3 worked at a nominal frequency of 666 MHz.
To warm up the video card we used FurMark version 184.108.40.206 with the following settings:
The fixation of the GPU temperature and the speed of rotation of the CO turbine was carried out by the standard Furmark facilities. The accelerator cooling system operated in an automatic mode.
The room temperature during the whole testing was maintained in the range of 25-26 degrees Celsius.
To test the acoustic parameters, the system in Silverstone Redline RL06 and on an open bench was launched at a quiet time. The total noise level measured by the test system on an open bench and in a closed case was measured.
Measurements were made from a distance of 1.0 m from the front panel at a height of 50 cm from the plane on which the housing was mounted.
First of all, let’s check the level of noise emitted by the system on the open stand and in the tested case.
The noise of the system is much higher than that of the open stand, but it can not be called excessive. At a distance of one meter, the SilverStone Redline RL06 noise level was acceptable at 42 dB.
At this stage, the following results were obtained.
The design of the new Silverstone proved to be the best. The tested case played at an open stand three degrees while cooling the processor, and the video card fans in the first case worked at lower RPMs.
In my opinion, Silverstone has a very successful case. Attractive design, expandable cooling system (with the possibility of installing up to three radiators of the liquid cooling system), a two-section design and an excellent cable management system make it a good option for building a productive system.
The only thing that can make you think when buying – the price.