Silverstone just announced the availability of the brand new RL06 desktop computer chassis for Singapore last Friday. We were honoured to be one of the first few to have our hands on this shiny new chassis. In this article, we are going to take a deep dive into the Silverstone RL06 mid-tower chassis to understand the different features and performance characteristics that Silverstone has put into the RL06.
Silverstone designed the Redline series with a bold objective in mind. They wanted to bring a desktop computer chassis with great cooling capabilities and high end features to the mainstream consumers by keeping it affordable. This is why the Silverstone RL06 spots multiple properties which are usually only available on higher end desktop chassis.
While we will be testing on a white version of the Silverstone RL06, this case is also available in black. Silverstone has designed the RL06 to look like no other case in the market. The white version is designed with the contrast of both black and white, while the black version has hints of red which brings out the chassis’ sophisticated design lines. Both variants look unique in their own ways and should stand out from any other customized PCs that your friends own.
The simple black and white combination of the Silverstone RL06 exudes a minimal design vibe, perfect for anyone who just wants a clean and simple build. The first thing that captured our attention was the front panel of this chassis. Silverstone has decided that 5.25 inch bays are a thing of the past, and have totally eradicated the support for these drives on the RL06. This in turn, allows up to 3 x 120mm white LED fans to be placed at the front, to effectively take in huge amount of cold air from the environment into the case to cool the different components.
At the top of the case, an additional 2 x 120/140mm fan can also be installed. As hot air rises, these fans can remove hot air out of the case with ease. This feature also makes it possible to install a 240mm radiator for water cooling solutions. The case is also equipped with 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0 quick access I/O ports. It also features the standard 3.5mm headphone and microphone audio jacks.
The Silverstone RL06 features an additional 120mm fan at the rear for exhaust. With 3 x intake fans and 3 x exhaust fans, the airflow will be balanced, and components within the case can be cooled efficiently. This case also support 7 x expansion slots and a standard ATX power supply regardless of length.
To maintain a clean outlook, Silverstone did not design the right side panel with a protrusion which could have allowed more cables to be routed to the rear of the case. Alternatively, they made up to this shortcoming with an even better design. This design will be discussed in the next section.