|SilverStone SUGO SST-SG06B mini-ITX Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 17 August 2009|
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Closer Look: Exterior
The SilverStone SUGO SG06 is the next product in a long line of Small Form Factor chasis made by SilverStone. It is the second of their SFF cases made for mini-ITX/DTX motherboards, following the SG05. The SG06 is nearly the same case as the SG05. The front face of the SG05 has been replaced with a thicker aluminum front panel without the meshed area for air intake.
The top and two side panels cover the air flow issue very well, provide plenty of mesh area to allow air in and out. In a small case like this, airflow is very important. Keeping all the components cool while packed in to a tight area can be quite difficult. One of the biggest worries about the SG06 was that the solid aluminum front plate would impede airflow throughout the case. Because of all the meshed area along the other three sides, however, airflow is not a problem at all.
The back panel also keeps with the mesh theme of the case. The power supply has a mesh rear plate and the two expansion slots are covered with a mesh slot covers. Even the area above the slot covers is meshed. You can really tell that SilverStone put a lot of thought into keeping the case open enough to provide adequate cooling. Making a small form factor case, and giving it a 300W power supply necessitates that line of thinking.
In all, the new front panel for the SG06 case adds only about 1cm to the overall length of the case. Since the panel is entirely made of aluminum, it also adds about four tenths of a pound. I think the improved look of the case more than makes up for the slight increase in size. It's still a very tiny case.