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SilverStone CS01B-HS Mini-ITX Case Review

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SilverStone CS01B-HS Overview

Made from almost entirely aluminum and steel, this is an impressively sturdy case. It’s deceptively heavy for its size, weighing in a 4.289kg. On the front panel we see a drive activity light, power button, and SilverStone logo.

CS01-HS Front

The side panels are all made of solid steel Remember, in this case the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees so all motherboard I/O ports will be located at the top. This maintains a finished, unspoiled look on all four sides of the chassis. Indeed, the only difference to be found across all four panels is the power button/logo on the front. Both side panels lift away easily to allow access inside.

CS01-HS Side PanelThe bottom panel has four rubber feet for vibration reduction and some ground clearance. Above this panel is the sole fan in the CS01, a 120mm, which draws in air from the gap in the front and back.

CS01-HS Bottom

Since the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees, the backplate opening is at the top. A PSU plugin that runs to the PSU inside is also installed, along with a pair of USB 3.0 ports. At the top we also can see the main feature of this chassis – six hot swap 2.5″ drives bays. Each bay slid fairly easily from it’s slot, so swapping them in and out will be a snap for users.
CS01-HS Top

Simple but elegant, SilverStone’s design of the CS01 falls right in line with it’s intention – not a fancy gamer case but a more subtle design intended for work or the home office. It’s also sturdy enough to take any punishment, without marking or scratching easily.


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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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