|SilverStone Fortress FT01 Case SST-FT01B-W|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Bruce Normann - Editied by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 24 November 2008|
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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.