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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

Thermal Testing

Testing Methodology

I tested the thermal performance of the SilverStone Fortress FT01BW with my standard test platform, which normally resides in an Antec Sonata II case. The old case has only two 120mm fans; one intake in the front and one exhaust in the rear. It was the standard configuration for mid tower cases for many years and it works reasonably well. Time and innovation have marched on, however and I expected the newer case to outperform it. Here's the test system details, somewhat of a budget build, i.e. not quite ready for serious gaming without a GPU upgrade:

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Rev 2.0
  • System Memory: 4X 1GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 800MHz
  • Processor: Intel E2180 Core 2 Duo 2.00GHz (Overclocked to 3.0 GHz)
  • CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 RR-CCH-LB12-GP
  • Audio: On-Board Realtek ALC888 Audio
  • Video: EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-E
  • GPU Cooler: Zalman VF900-Cu
  • Disk Drive 1: Western Digital WD6400AAKS 640GB (320GB/Platter) SATAII
  • Disk Drive 2: Seagate ST3750330AS 750GB 7200RPM SATAII
  • Optical Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7190A-OB 20X IDE DVD Burner
  • Enclosure No. 1: Antec Sonata II Mid-Tower ATX Case
  • Enclosure No. 2: SiverStone Fortress FT01BW ATX Case
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550Watt
  • Monitor: SOYO 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor (DYLM24E6) 1920X1200
  • Operating System: Windows XP SP3

I used a combination of benchmarking tools to load up the CPU and GPU and recorded the maximum temperatures of various system components at both idle and full load. The test applications included:

  • 3DMark06 v1.1.0
  • PCMark05 v1.2.0
  • FurMark v1.4.0
  • HWMonitor v1.06

I used three configurations: an open case, with no airflow restrictions and a mild breeze from a desktop fan located about 3 feet away (best case scenario), the Antec Sonata II with both fans operating at full speed, and the SilverStone FT01BW with all three fans at full speed. Here are the results for the idle condition:

Here are the results for the fully loaded condition:

The results are pretty conclusive, at least for this test system. With the exception of the GPU, the Silverstone FT01 came pretty close to the open case results. With this particular GPU and cooler, I've seen the best results from cases that had side mounted fans blowing cool air directly into the intake area of the GPU cooler fan. Every configuration is slightly different, but I believe the SilverStone FT01 would benefit from a GPU cooler that has a fan intake closer to the front of the case and exhausts to the outside. This is a common configuration for modern, high end video cards, and is exactly the type that SilverStone shows in their product data for the FT01 Fortress series.



# 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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