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Mini-ITX Case Final Thoughts

In my day to day work, I am a photographer/videographer. As a result, I have a significant amount of data contained in external drives, which limits what I can access at any given time(not to mention speed). A design like this would be great for work because it provides rapid access to stored files. I could see this being useful in a variety of business environments, even more so given the CS01B-HS’s small footprint and design.

SilverStone CS01B-HS Conclusion

If intended performance was a ballgame, then SilverStone hit this one out of the park. It does exactly what it was intended to do – provide a compact storage solution with easy system construction for well-to-do businesses.

I prefer case designs that look good without going overboard. Just like other SilverStone cases I’ve reviewed, it’s simple but elegant enough to make up for it’s lack of fancy additions like windows, lights, decorative parts, and other odds and ends. It’ll be right at home in the office or workplace.

Made almost entirely from aluminum and steel, there’s nothing to complain about with it’s construction. Solid, heavy, and built like a truck, I could probably throw this out my window and it would be fine. Good news for those who work in stressful workplaces, right?

If there’s one thing I wish this case had that it doesn’t, that would be space for 3.5″ drives. As great as SSD’s are, when it comes down to storage capacity vs. price, they can’t compete with larger 3.5″ HDDs. Being limited to 2.5″ drives greatly increases operating costs, which hurts given this cases’s overall price. Yes, I know 2.5″ HDDs exist, but how many of us actually use those?

At $124.99 (Amazon), the CS01-HS enters a price market currently dominated by mostly Lian Li cases.  It has simlar specs, but what makes it stands out is the high amount of storage it offers.  It’s price is certainly justified given the quality of materials and expansion options.

I like the SilverStone CS01B-HS. It’s a solid, quality product from a good company. But would I buy it? Probably not. It’s more of a premium product than something intended for mainstream use, I think. I’d rather save a few bucks and buy an external hot swap tower instead of something like this. But I think the concept had promise, and I’d like to see perhaps a cheaper, lower range version for consumers.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Solid, elegant construction.
+ Room for up to eight 2.5″ drives.
+ Simple, clean interior.
+ Vertical airflow design.
+ Does exactly what it’s supposed to do.

Cons:

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 9.35 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.


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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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