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Written by Bruce Normann - Editied by Olin Coles   
Monday, 24 November 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
SilverStone Fortress FT01 Case SST-FT01B-W
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Drive Cage Features
Detailed Interior Features
Thermal Testing
Fortress Series Final Thoughts
SST-FT01BW Conclusion

Drive Cage Features

The HDD area has two sections, housing seven cages in groups of four and three. Each section can be removed independently, allowing for flexibility in video card installation and fine tuning of the airflow inside the chassis. Here's how they look as the case comes from the factory.

Here's a closer look of the internal design, and a view of how they are mounted in relation to the front fan.

I ended up choosing to remove the upper cage assembly, to provide better airflow to the center section of the case. I felt that the air from the upper fan was short circuiting out the rear and not providing enough cool air for the Northbridge, which is a critical element in the overclocking of any Intel P35 motherboard.

Each of the plastic drive cages is set up to hold a standard 3.5" drive, with four screws riding in elastomeric shock mounts. The mounts come preinstalled in the cage; the screws are in the accessory kit.

The drives fit tightly in the cage, requiring a little bit of squirming to get them in without messing up the alignment of the soft shock mounts. The screws installed easily once all the holes were lined up and the whole assembly slid smoothly into the drive rack.

One of the stand-out features of this case is the incorporation of the CP05 hot swappable connectors for SATA HDDs. There are mounting points on at each HDD locations and one connector kit is preinstalled. Here's how it installs from the back side, ...

... and a view from the drive side. Everything worked fine when I tried it out. The alignment was spot on and there was no significant flex of the mounting bracket during the connector mating process. Sorry, that sounded a little too much like Animal Planet. No more talk about mating processes.



# Top filter Problem solvedcharliesierra 2011-11-08 13:38
Now , no problem with the top filter, Silverstone has done an improvement , you can now extract the filter by the left side, without difficulties
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