Features and Photos
The best way I could describe the Petite PT13’s size would be close to the size of a standard DVD drive. The case is actually smaller in thickness but slightly wider on width, but overall it is close. Who would have thought years ago that we would be building PCs that small! The case is made of aluminum and has been anodized in black to give it a clean look. Silverstone did include their logo on the top as well, but beyond that there aren’t any other logos on the case. Both sides and the top of the case are covered in ventilation to help keep your build cool in such a small space.
The front of the PT13 has two USB 2.0 ports, the power button, and a small LED. Really that is all you need on the front I/O panel. Around on the rear I/O panel you can see that the PT13 only supports motherboards that are half height. Next to the half-height I/O panel they also included two knockouts for wireless antenna mounts should you install a wireless card on your motherboard. Also back here we have two thumbnails that keep the top panel closed. When you remove them, the top panel pivots up but does not come off like a typical case door.
The stand that Silverstone includes with the case props the case up on its side without covering up very many of its ventilation holes.
Typically a care review would have a full section just for the interior but let’s be honest, there isn’t enough room in the PT13 for too much to be going on. There are four standoffs for the motherboard to attach to along the bottom. On the front you can see the back PCB to the front connections. The front panel cables are extremely short at around 6 inches in length but they should be more than enough to reach the motherboard without having too much cable. You will notice that there isn’t a power supply mount, this is because builds going into the PT13 will be using an external power supply that will plug directly into the motherboard or you could use an adapter and one of the holes in the case for the wireless.
To give you an idea of how short the AR04 heatsink is. Take a close look at the Intel push pin mounts on each corner. The push pins are actually the highest part of the heatsink by a considerable amount. This means that with the push pins pushed down you could have something sitting on top of them and still have enough room for the fan to pull the air it needs to keep your CPU cool. The design itself is very simple. The fan design is similar to what we see on video cards and does now have an outer ring. The heatsink itself is very thin under the fan, with most of the surface area on each side. The fan blows down and also out over the outside area of the heatsink. To help pull the heat out Silverstone used two direct touch heatpipes that touch the CPU and pull some of the heat to the “meatier” part of the heatsink.