|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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SUGO Case Final Thoughts
The SilverStone SUGO SG06 mini-ITX case is well suited to its purpose. It's small, compact, light design caters to the aesthetically minded. Its 300W power supply caters to those who want more than a simple HTPC. It accommodates a 9" video card and a taller than average CPU cooler as well. All these features help move this case from the simple HTPC or light duty home computer arena into a more advanced enthusiast region. This case isn't going to make you a top of the line gaming or other CPU/GPU intensive system. What it will do is allow you to get rid of that huge tower case that is sitting under your desk providing you with all kinds of heat and noise, and replace it with a quiet, cool, light, small box that is at home on top of the desk as well as under it. It will also allow you to add a simple, sleek, stylish computer to your home theater entertainment center. Many have thought of using an HTPC, but until recently, the enclosures for such systems weren't conducive to a living room environment. That is beginning to change, and SilverStone is leading the way. The slot load DVD/Blu-Ray drive expansion option allows you get rid of your DVD/Blu-Ray player. By adding a good sized hard drive, you can get rid of your other media equipment as well. This case can allow you to easily cut down on the clutter of cords and devices surrounding your entertainment center.
If I could change anything about this case, it would be the arrangement of the USB ports. I would slot them farther apart, like they were in the SG05, rather than side by side as they are here. Other than that, I might add another 6 pin GPU power adapter to the power supply. And that's about it. The case is surprisingly well equipped. I love the design of the case. I love the versatility. My home theater will never be the same again. The case comes at a price, $129.99 at NewEgg at the time this article was published, but the features it brings to the table justify it. This isn't your cheap excuse for an HTPC case. This is a versatile, well built, well ventilated aluminum enclosure.
SilverStone SG06 Conclusion
SilverStone has a great track record for their product presentation. This case doesn't diminish that in the least. The packing is strong and protects the contents well. It isn't fancy or frilly, but it's size alone will catch your eye. It's quite decieving. Who'd have thought such a versatile case could fit, with all the protective foam, inside such a small box? Plenty of documentation is available in the box, as well as on SilverStone's website.
Appearance is another strong point for this case. The revamped aluminum front, moving the reset switch to the rear, the well-ventilated top and side panels. It's all part of the deal with this case. The size and sheer elegance of this case makes is stand out amongst its peers. It is one of the smallest mini-ITX cases I have seen, and definitely the most feature rich. On top of all that, it meets my wife's criteria for being able to stay in the living room! Score!
The case is tough, despite its pretty face. It's made almost completely out of aluminum, not plastic. While this makes the case a little heavier than cases of a comparable size, it also makes the case sturdier and more appealing. Since it's been sitting in my living room, my 10 month old daughter thinks it is the newest toy. It has held up remarkably to the abuse. Strong construction is an important feature of this case.
Where this case really shines is in its functionality. A 300W power supply starts the case off well, giving it the versatility that small form factor cases have previously been lacking. Support for a 9" long video card adds to the functionality and opens up the options for nearly any grade of computer enthusiast. Large CPU cooler support allows for overclocking or high-end CPU usage. This case will likely open the doors for a new line of mini-ITX motherboards with LGA1366 CPU slots.
The price of this case falls higher end range for a small form factor case, except for none of the other cases offer a 300W PSU like the SG06 does. The SUGO SG06 listed on NewEgg right now for $129.99. It's certainly not the most expensive mini-ITX case out there, but it is pricier than most. Of course, you get what you pay for. The functionality and construction of the case justify the price. If you're in need of a cheap case, this isn't what you're looking for. But if you are intersted in a strong, versatile, functional case that will meet most of your computing needs, whether they be mainstream or high-end, then this is the case for you.
In all honesty, this case met or exceeded each of the standards that I had in mind for it. The really simple stuff like putting the reset button in the back instead of on the front impressed me a lot. I was afraid the aluminum might scratch or dent easily, but it doesn't. I was afraid it wouldn't meet my computing needs, but it does. It provides everything I need for a great HTPC, and adds in that little extra versatility so I can play games, or perform other CPU/GPU intensive tasks. While the price is a little higher than I would like, it fits the case just fine. Overall, this case is a great purchase for scaling down the space your computer takes up in your office, or for putting together your HTPC. Without at doubt, it's my favorite case of any I have owned so far.
+ Up to 78mm CPU Cooler
- Slim optical drive support only
Final Score: 8.95 out of 10.
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