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SilverStone CS01B-HS Mini-ITX Case Review

By David Shields

Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology Co., Ltd.
Product Name: Case Storage Series CS01B-HS
Model Number: SST-CS01B-HS
UPC: 844761011932 EAN: 4710007221938
Price As Tested: $124.99 (Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone Technology Co., Ltd.

SilverStone is well known for producing innovative and quality chassis designs. They have created the Fortress and Raven chassis series with a ninety degree motherboard rotation, the massive Mammoth, and the premium Crown HTPC lineup, amongst many others. Now they’ve released what is being called a pair of “Case Storage” mini-itx cases. From the product description, the CS series was built “To meet increasing demand for cloud and local storage needs, SilverStone created the CS01 case to enable users to build sophisticated and user-friendly system.”

Two versions of the anodized black CS01B computer case exist, one with a mesh top and the option to install two 2.5″ and two 3.5″ drives. The second is the CS01B-HS, which removes the pair of 3.5″ drives in favor of six hot-swappable 2.5″ bays. Also included in both models is a single 120mm air penetrator fan, one expansion slot, and a sturdy aluminum construction throughout. SilverStone is not intending this to be used for gaming, but rather for an office environment. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, we will specifically look at the CS01B-HS version, deciding whether or not SilverStone has succeeded in creating such a product, and then deliver an overall rating.
CS01-HS Full

Features & Specifications

Material Aluminum outer shell, steel body
Motherboard Mini-ITX
Drive Bay External 2.5” SAS/ SATA hot-swap x 6
(With 6Gbps SAS/SATA HDD Backplane)*
Internal 2.5” x 2
Cooling System Front
Rear
Side
Top
Bottom 120mm AP fan x 1 , 1200rpm, 19.7dBA
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
Power Supply SFX / SFX-L
Expansion Card 1 x low profile up to 7.5”, width restriction – 2.95”
Limitation of CPU cooler 68mm
Limitation of PSU 130mm (SFX-L)
Net Weight 4.289kg
Dimension 210.5mm (W) x 322 mm (H) x 210 mm (D), 14.2 liters


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  1. Bnormann

    Wow, that is a nice looking case.
    Silverstone really has a great design team, or at least one that speaks to my design ethos……

  2. Musaab

    This case shout loudly “I am NAS Case” and that right this case is for NAS DIY but if SS fit four 3.5″ in stead of six 2.5″ it will be the bast ever NAS for home. And where is the final built I can’t see how can motherboard+ Power supply + RAID card become in side this case.

    1. Grayson Peddie

      Yeah, I’d like to see a build of a case. 68mm of heatsink clearance means I may not be able to fit an Arctic Alpine M1 heatsink along with an ASRock AM1H-ITX motherboard into the case. Make it 5mm longer and I would gladly pay for it.

  3. Richard

    I just want a case that fits:

    1x 3.5″
    1x 2.5″
    SFF Graphics Card
    Mini ITX

    Small enough to carry in my luggage, and that doesn’t look like it was designed by a 14 year old kid (with ugly plastic angles everywhere)

    The lack of 3.5″ is a deal breaker for so many cases. 2.5″ drives are too slow and too expensive, unless you are getting and SSD.

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