|SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 05 August 2010|
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Closer Look: Exterior
The SilverStone Fortress FT02 case is available in five variations: black, with and without a window; silver, with and without a window, and a special black version with a red interior. The review sample was the FT02S-W, which is a silver version with a window. The box calls out the interesting features of the case.
The accessories bundle includes a manual, a Molex adapter to power the three fans at the bottom of the case, an SSD bracket, a bag of screws,some tie-downs, a power supply strap, and brackets for mounting an internal 2x120mm radiator for water cooling. The radiator brackets mount the radiator on top of the 180mm fans (with their grilles removed); SilverStone says that a 30mm thick radiator leaves room for expansion cards up to 10.5" long.
Outside of its box, the FT02 presents a smooth, almost Zen-like facade. The bottom, front, and back of the computer are comprised of a single U-shaped piece of 4.5mm thick aluminum. The front of the case is featureless except for the 5.25" drive bay covers.
Since the motherboard mounts on the right side of the case, that's where the window is. The body of the case is supported about 1" above the bottom of the U-shaped main chassis; this gap serves as the intake for the three 180mm fans at the bottom of the case.
Like the front of the case, the back is almost featureless, with only a snap-off filter for the power supply intake fan breaking up the vast expanse of aluminum.
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The top of the case is where all the action is, although it's normally hidden by a snap-off grille.
Let's check out this case in more detail in the next section.