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SilverStone SG13 Review

SilverStone SG13 Review

We have seen some great cases from SilverStone over the years, class leading on many of the occasions and often taking approaches which take the norm and twist it. So it is always interesting to see what they are doing next and today we have one of their new small form factor models on our test bench. Lets see what this value orientated model is all about in our Silverstone SG13 Review.

SilverStone SG13 Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The Sugo Series cases arrive in a compact box which gives us a little information on the features as well as a rundown of the specifications. Inside the case is wrapped in a protective bag and then suspended in foam to ensure it arrives in good condition.

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Bundled with the SG13B is a short manual, cable tie and all the screws we will need to install components in the system.

SilverStone SG13 Review – External

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This is the SG13B version of the SG13 and there is a model called SG13B-Q which has a brushed metal effect front rather than the patterned mesh used here. The dimensions of the case are 222x181x285mm (WxHxD) and its capacity is 11.5litres. There are no external slots for drive bays however the front panel does have two USB 3.0 ports and a set of 3.5mm audio connectors. Finally, when powered on the blue LEDs glow from the base of the system.

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The majority of the chassis is steel, painted matt black and turning it round we can see that SilverStone have included plenty of perforations to promote good airflow. The front surface could be considered dust filtered however the other vents are not. On the base we see four feet which raise the chassis off our desk while providing some stability and surrounding one of them are four holes which allow us to mount a 2.5″ drive inside.

SilverStone SG13 Review – Internal

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To get inside the SG13B we simply remove a few screws and the top/sides lift off as one part. This reveals a PSU bay at the top which can accommodate standard PSU models (150mm, though 140mm are considered recommended), the SSD location on the base and a hard drive caddy at the top. This can support 1x 3.5″ model or 2×2.5″. In terms of cooling, we can mount a 120mm or 140mm fan in the front of the case and other components permitting SilverStone say all in one coolers will fit. Our CPU cooler height has to be unter 61mm. Finally we have support for dual slot GPUs with a length up to 10.5inches.

SilverStone SG13 Review – Install

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Installation of components in the SG13B is a fairly quick and easy process. We recommend removing the PSU and drive brakcets to begin with as it makes using larger screwdrivers a little easier. The standoffs for the motherboard are pre-installed so we just place or Mini-DTX or mini-ITX board on them and screw into place. The PSU goes above and we can of course add a GPU or fan if required. Drives, regardless of their location, screw into place.

SilverStone SG13 Review – Conclusion

Overall the build quality of the SG13B is good. We like that SilverStone have taken the time to offer two different front panels which both add some style to what could be a plain black box. It feels to us that the mesh version is better suited to those that want to maximise cooling performance. The LED lit front adds an extra touch of style when turned on and the ports are well located for easy access.

Opening up the case is simple, just a few screws and overall the internal design is intelligent which ensures that the case is flexible despite its low price point. Given the value side of things it could seem strange that liquid coolers are supported however SilverStone should be praised for going that extra mile. I our opinion the target market will be likely to go for a more mainstream/value based CPU and motherboard and thats what we installed in our test build. It allowed us to run a silent CPU, with no thermal issues and even when we pushed the capacity by going with a non-modular PSU there was still plenty of room around the key components. Having the option to install a GPU and up to three drives is also great to see.

In summary, the SG13B is well built and allows us a lot of flexibility on our choice of internal components. Installation is easy and styling good. Competitively priced too, which wins it our value award.

Value Award

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Stuart Davidson

3 Comments

  1. Moe Moesones

    Great looking case! I can’t wait to get mine.

  2. The PSU is obviously in the way, not everyone has or wants a 1U cooler.

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