Description

My 2 year old intel system just wasn't cutting it any more (especially after the Spectre/Meltdown mitigation), and I also wanted to showcase some of the RGB components I've added over the years.

Problem was that I put the computer on the left side of my desk and most cases have windows on the left, and that even though I'm running an ITX board, my choice of CPU AIO and GTX AIO made most ITX-only cases impossible to fit. I really enjoyed my Fractal Design Define Nano S, but it wouldn't work with both a 240mm AIO and the 120mm GTX AIO.

Luckily, Silverstone announced their RL08 case, with an inverted motherboard layout and right-side window during CES 2019, which would easily house everything I wanted to buy... I just had to wait until July in order to actually order one from Amazon!

On Ryzen 3000 launch week, I picked up an AMD 3700x, Gigabyte X570 I, Corsair H100i Platinum, and a Corsair RM850x, and migrated the rest of my components over to the new case.

SILVERSTONE RL08 REVIEW: I've been looking forward to this case for a long time. My computer sits to the left of the monitor, which means that the majority of cases won't have a window on the right side and even if they did all you would see is the backside of the motherboard.

So the trick is finding a case in which the motherboard is either inverted, lying flat, or standing on edge. Enter the Silverstone RL08. The RL08 mounts the motherboard inverted (compared to standard), which means the pcie slots are towards the top, and the CPU towards the bottom (the ports still go out the rear of the case). It also comes with a right-side tinted TG side panel that showcases your components.

Supposedly the inverted-arrangement provides for better heat management, and although I didn't perform any testing to verify this claim, it sounds like it should work - but the bigger factor is probably what components you have and how you set up your fans. I have 240mm AIO watercooler on the CPU, which is mounted to the front of the case as an intake. I also have a 120mm AIO watercooled graphics card which is mounted on top as an additional intake. I then have a single 120mm fan on the rear of the case as an exhaust.

I had to take a star off the final score, due to some minor issues:

Even with an ITX motherboard, it was difficult to fit all my components in. The case supports up to an mATX-sized motherboard, but if you have multiple graphics cards in there you're either A) not going to mount any fans to the top or B) going to hit the 5.25" drive cage.

The case also supports full-sized ATX PSUs, but it's an extremely tight fight to put in a PSU, the 3.5" drive cage, and have a front-mounted radiator. Luckily I have modular cables for the PSU so I was able to fit everything in the small gap between it and the drive cage.

The case is really well constructed, looks fantastic, and comes with many high-quality touches you'd expect from a case at this price point.

My only (minor) recommendations for v2 of this case would be: 1. Full mounting rail for the 3.5" drive cage to allow for more space between it and the PSU 2. Make the 5.25" drive cage removable to support multiple long graphics cards 3. Recessed mounting rails for the top fans so that the magnetic filter sits flat when domed screws are used 4. Captive thumbscrews!

Part Reviews

CPU

Can't ask for much more at this price point. If you don't pay attention to your windows power plan then it can run a little hot, so be sure to check that first thing until all the kinks get worked out.

CPU Cooler

Looks and works great, just 2 minor quibbles: 1. the badge needs to be rotatable so that mounting orientation doesn't matter 2. somebody needs to make a fan with inverted blades so that it can be configured for a pull intake but show the nice part of the fan.

Motherboard

Solid board, but would have liked to have surround sound audio and a TB3 port.

I really like the chipset heatsink/fan configuration, because if the fan fails then theoretically it should be very easy to replace.

Memory

Shiny, but I wish I would have waited a couple months and gotten the 3200mhz version on sale

Storage

SPEED DEMON. But runs hot as hell. Put an EKWB heatsink on it!

Case

I've been looking forward to this case for a long time. My computer sits to the left of the monitor, which means that the majority of cases won't have a window on the right side and even if they did all you would see is the backside of the motherboard.

So the trick is finding a case in which the motherboard is either inverted, lying flat, or standing on edge. Enter the Silverstone RL08. The RL08 mounts the motherboard inverted (compared to standard), which means the pcie slots are towards the top, and the CPU towards the bottom (the ports still go out the rear of the case). It also comes with a right-side tinted TG side panel that showcases your components.

Supposedly the inverted-arrangement provides for better heat management, and although I didn't perform any testing to verify this claim, it sounds like it should work - but the bigger factor is probably what components you have and how you set up your fans. I have 240mm AIO watercooler on the CPU, which is mounted to the front of the case as an intake. I also have a 120mm AIO watercooled graphics card which is mounted on top as an additional intake. I then have a single 120mm fan on the rear of the case as an exhaust.

I had to take a star off the final score, due to some minor issues:

Even with an ITX motherboard, it was difficult to fit all my components in. The case supports up to an mATX-sized motherboard, but if you have multiple graphics cards in there you're either A) not going to mount any fans to the top or B) going to hit the 5.25" drive cage.

The case also supports full-sized ATX PSUs, but it's an extremely tight fight to put in a PSU, the 3.5" drive cage, and have a front-mounted radiator. Luckily I have modular cables for the PSU so I was able to fit everything in the small gap between it and the drive cage.

The case is really well constructed, looks fantastic, and comes with many high-quality touches you'd expect from a case at this price point.

My only (minor) recommendations for v2 of this case would be:

  1. Full mounting rail for the 3.5" drive cage to allow for more space between it and the PSU
  2. Make the 5.25" drive cage removable to support multiple long graphics cards
  3. Recessed mounting rails for the top fans so that the magnetic filter sits flat when domed screws are used
  4. Captive thumbscrews!

Power Supply

This is a big PSU. On second thought, I wish I had erred on the side of less futureproofing and smaller PSU.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, you said you've put EKWB heatsink on the ssd.

Some people say it's hard to install the heatsink on their ssd's. Was it hard for you to install it on 970 Evo Plus?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't get it installed until I looked and realized that there was one chip on the SSD that was a bit higher than the rest - so I cut the thicker pad off above it, then put the thinner pad on top of it. Also, you can bend the clips a little and that helps them get over the edge.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Was you able to have the m.2 on and the heatsink the guide recommends not to

  • 12 hours ago
  • 1 point

Yes, because the chipset fan/heatsink on this motherboard was not enough to keep the m.2 cool. I added the m.2 heatsink and that made a drastic difference for the better.