SilverStone RL01 review

Katharine Byrne
23 Mar 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

Great design and a spacious interior make this case a good buy for those on a budget



As cheaper cases go, the Silverstone RL01 isn’t bad looking. Its eye-catching red and grey highlights and red front LED may not be to everyone's taste, but you can turn off the LED to make things a bit more subtle.

SilverStone RL01

The front panel contains just two USB3 ports and headphone and microphone jacks. Underneath there are three external 5.25in drive bays and one external 3.5in drive bay, which you may find useful for a card reader or sound card front panel. We found it very easy to install our optical drive in a 5.25in bay, and the bay's tool-less clips felt very secure. There are another five 3.5in drive bay inside the case, and we were pleased that those bays' tool-less clips were also easy to fit and felt secure.

SilverStone RL01

You might have some trouble fitting in particularly long graphics cards, though, as our 290mm AMD Radeon HD 7950 only just squeezed in.

Otherwise there's plenty of room for building, although there aren't any pre-cut holes to route your cables around the back of the motherboard to help keep things tidy. There's also room for another five fans, with a narrow mesh filter running all the way along the bottom of the case to help minimise dust intake.

SilverStone RL01

At £35, the RL01 is a great buy. It doesn't have any fancy features like the Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus or the Corsair Carbide 200R, but it's cheaper and doesn't compromise on build quality or design. We think the Carbide 200R is worth the extra money, but the RL01 is a good buy if your budget is very tight.


AwardBudget Buy
Casemidi tower


USB ports2
Total Firewire ports0
Total eSATA ports0
Headphone portyes
Microphone portyes


Internal Drive bays 3 1/2in5
5.25in drive bays3
Fan mounts6x 120mm, 1x 140mm
Fans supplied1x 120mm


Supplied PSUno
Power supply wattageN/A
Motherboard connectorN/A

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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