|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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Detailed Interior Features
The optical drive bay is removed by unscrewing two screws from the top and two from the front located under the front panel. On the top there are actually four screw holes for securing the drive bay and only two screws. I took the two screws from the front and used them in the other two holes on the top. This keeps the drive bay just as secure and eliminates the need for me to remove the front panel of the case whenever I need to get to the inside. The optical drive bay must be removed, as well as the hard drive bays, in order to gain unhindered access to the motherboard and component areas.
Since a slim optical drive is required for this case, SilverStone also includes a parallel ATA slim optical drive adapter. This allows the use of notebook drives in the case. The adapter converts the parallel port on the notebook drives to a 40 pin parallel ATA connector and a floppy drive power supply connector.
The hard drive bays, under the optical drive bay, are removed with two screws that connect directly to the optical drive bay. The fact that the optical and hard drive bays can removed and seperated makes working with them a lot easier. One of the complaints I have with full and mid-tower cases is that when installing and uninstalling drives, I have to constantly move back and forth from one side of the case to the other. The removable bays on this case alleviate that problem.
The case fan included with the SilverStone SUGO SST-SG06 is a 120mm fan with "golf blades". This term refers to the dimples in the blades of the fan. The design is supposed to offer increased air flow with lower noise output. I didn't test the decibel output of the fan, but I didn't have any problem with the noise level either. A concern that some had about the new front panel was that it would cause the fan to be louder. If it did, it was still too quite for me to even notice. The fan has a 3-pin connector that connects directly to the motherboard. This allows you to be able to monitor the speed of the fan, which runs at up to 1200 RPM.
Another small but nice touch that SilverStone added in with the case is a small cable organizer. They are not very expensive to buy one after the fact, but I thought it showed very good planning and customer appreciation on the part of SilverStone, as most cases don't come with that. It's certainly not necessary, but its appreciated nonetheless.