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More Clone Cases: Sharkoon AM5 Silent Reuses RL05, Antec P8 Tooling

Posted on October 25, 2017

The AM5 Silent is a new case from manufacturer Sharkoon, with noise-damping material in place of the original AM5’s acrylic side window -- but it’s far from a new chassis.

After our Antec P8 review back in September, readers were quick to point-out that the chassis (meaning the steel core of the case) was curiously similar to the Silverstone Redline 05; in fact, it appears that they’re completely identical outside of the P8’s tempered glass and the RL05’s generously ventilated front panel.

Today, we saw the news about the Sharkoon AM5 Silent, a variant of the Sharkoon AM5, also identical except for the panels. While writing this post, we happened to take a look at the Aero Cool Project 7 C1 for unrelated reasons--and it too uses the same chassis. That’s four cases so far (five, if you count the Silent) that are essentially the same, except for their exteriors.

sharkoon am5 silent inside

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At first, this might sound like a big conspiracy, but purchasing generic parts from an OEM and selling them under a brand name is a common practice in the hardware industry, as we’ve reported with liquid coolers as well as cases. This just highlights something that we’ve been talking about a lot lately: fans and panels really make or break a case. The RL05 can be found for $60 right now, while the P7-C1 is nearly $100 on Newegg--and although we haven’t yet tested the P7-C1 yet, that difference could be fully justified by the additional airflow and more elaborate appearance, even though the interiors are largely identical.

Be sure to let us know if you see any new cases using this chassis -- keep an eye out for the distinctive cable management cutout and PSU shroud.

- Patrick Lathan