|SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 05 August 2010|
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SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer Case
Enthusiasts today struggle with cooling high-performance systems whose processors and graphics cards can suck down 600 watts or more of power under load. Every watt consumed eventually ends up as heat, and getting all that heat out of a computer case can be a real challenge, especially with air cooling. An overclocked and overvolted processor combined with one or more high-performance graphics cards produces an immense amount of heat, which will limit the performance available to overclockers as well as potentially shortening component life. SilverStone's latest attempt to design the ultimate air-cooled enthusiast case is the SilverStone Fortress FT02, an aluminum and steel enclosure whose unique design brings both benefits and drawbacks.
It's all about thermal management, and various manufacturers have stepped up with a variety of solutions. There's the "big case with a lot of fans" design, typified by the Cooler Master HAF series and the new NZXT Phantom, as well as the "isolated thermal zones" school of thought, embraced by the Corsair Obsidian 800D and taken to its ultimate expression by the Thermaltake Level 10. All-in-one liquid cooling systems like the Corsair H50 and CoolIt Systems ECO ALC represent the next step, although these solutions bring their own problems, and users must be aware of potentially limited airflow over processor VRMs and system memory.
Although SilverStone builds power supplies and cooling systems and storage solutions, most enthusiasts know them for their cases. Their "Temjin" line of high end all aluminum cases were among the first to inrtroduce such features as dedicated GPU cooling (in the TJ10) and separate thermal zones (in the TJ07); they're also one of the few companies that ever produced an ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture) compliant case. According to SilverStone, the Fortress FT02 is "For professionals and enthusiasts looking to build a silent workstation or gaming machine with maximum performance."
Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology Corporation
Full disclosure: The product used in this review was supplied by SilverStone Technology Coporation.
Fortress FT02 Features
Fortress FT02 Specifications
Features and specifications provided by SilverStone Technology Corporation
Let's unbox this case and see if it lives up to the claims...