|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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Detailed Interior Features
In some cases (no pun intended) the interior is a wonderful surprise; think of Forrest Gump's analogy of a box of chocolates. You don't really know what you're going to get until you bite into it. In our case (sorry...) until you actually build a system with a given chassis, you can't really appreciate the subtle design details that separate the dreams from the nightmares. Lets have a look and see whether the SilverStone Fortress Series FT01 case is a chocolate covered cherry or a date. We all hate dates, right...?
The seven card slots have perforated covers for ventilation and are attached the old fashion way, with screws. I'm actually OK with this method, since the one screw is right there, easily accessible while you're installing or removing the card. That's not generally true in the case of drives, so tool-less methods make more sense there.
This view of the top and rear fans shows the power cables and their connectors. Silverstone wisely chose to use standard three pin fan connectors, which will plug directly onto the headers included on most motherboards. They also include an adapter in the accessory kit, to allow connection to a four pin Molex HDD connector. I used that for the front fan, as it was the closest to the PSU.
You can also see the filter frame sticking out towards the front of the case, behind the fan. The filter frame is able to slide out a short distance towards the front, but is blocked by the top mounted external ports. I'm sure that if the assembly were turned 180°, and a slot were cut on the back panel, the filter could be removed from the rear, without even opening up the side panel.
The parts kit included with the FT01 looks pretty spartan, but everything you need is included.