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Written by David Ramsey   
Thursday, 05 August 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Building a System
Cooling Performance Tests
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Detailed Exterior Features

Unlike the Temjin series, this is not an all-aluminum case. The SilverStone Fortress FT02 is comprised of aluminum (main U-shaped chassis, 2.25" bay covers), 0.8mm mild steel (internal chassis, side panels, and top), and plastic (some trim). Since the steel and plastic components must be painted or molded silver, various parts of the case exhibit subtle mismatches in color and texture. Even the aluminum is inconsistent, with the main chassis having a cast or "sand" texture while the drive bay covers are brushed.

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At the top front of the case are the power and reset switches, the power and drive activity LEDs, two USB ports, and microphone and speaker ports; the USB ports are thankfully far enough apart so that chunky USB keys will not block the other port. The ports are under a small sliding cover. If you have the case sitting on your desk, you won't be able to see any of these switches or indicator lights.

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Three switches on top of the case set "Low" or "High" speeds (700RPM or 1000RPM) for each of the three 180mm fans at the bottom of the case. It's a nice feature, but you must remove the top grille to reach the switches. The graphic to the right of the fan controller switches is an international recycling symbol (in other words, don't throw this case in the trash!).

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What seems to be a handle at the rear of the case is actually where you put your hand to help snap off the top grille. Once the grille is off, though, you can use it as a hande.

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Snapping off the top grille reveals all the things you'd see on the back of a normal case, since the motherboard's orientation is rotated 90 degrees from what you'd expect! Notice the ventilated slot covers and the extra ventliation area above the slots. The three fan speed control switches are visible just to the left of the exhaust fan.

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Appellations like "mid-tower" and "full tower" don't really apply to this case. It's 24.25" long, front to back, but only 19.5" high. Here's what it looks like next to the Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition:

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The backs of the cases were aligned for this photo, so the extra length of the FT02 is evident. Let's take a look at the interior now.



 

Comments 

 
# Feet...??BruceBruce 2010-08-05 13:15
Any feet included on this case, or does it sit directly on the flat bottom surface?
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# RE: Feet...??David Ramsey 2010-08-05 14:19
There are no feet as such; just a couple of very thin horizontal rubber strips at the front and back.
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# That's good....BruceBruce 2010-08-05 18:59
...just need something to keep it from sliding around and getting scratched up if it's on a hard floor surface.
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# RE: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer CaseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-08-05 13:30
That symbol by the fan controls means that the case is recyclable (do not throw in the bin) :D
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# Yeah, but.....BruceBruce 2010-08-05 13:34
My Recycling Bin looks just like that!
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# RE: RE: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer CaseDavid Ramsey 2010-08-05 14:23
So everyone is telling me! What happened to the good 'ol triple arrows? The whole point behind an icon is to be simple and, well, iconic: you know, like the old Mac trash can icon which was INSTANTLY RECOGNIZABLE as a trash can everywhere in the world...a wheeled trash can with a lid is needlessly complex and fools old people like me.
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# RE: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer CaseRobert17 2010-08-06 15:25
Although from your review this appears to be a respectably nice case, aluminum with foam noise dampeners and all, comparing it to the review of the upcoming Phantom case, then comparing MSRPs, it would seem to have limited draw. I'd like to get these two case designers in a room and not let them out till they agree on one really neat clone.
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# RE: RE: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer CaseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-08-07 00:01
Yeah that phantom is super sexy inside and has a nice design on the outside too. Anyone seen the red one yet? You should go have a look.
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# RE: RE: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer CaseDavid Ramsey 2010-08-07 07:10
The Phantom does appear to be a really nice case at a great price point. However, I doubt it will be able to match the cooling/noise of the FT02. Wait until you see what I did with the case with SilverStone's optional fans!
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# RE: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer CaseVito Cassisi 2010-08-06 22:00
I have the Silverstone Raven RV01 and RV02, which I really like. This looks like another good case. Too bad it's a tad pricey.
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# Nice Reviewm3kw 2011-08-16 18:42
I've read many reviews of this case, this one is the most detailed on the case design, very good review!!!
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# RE: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer Casem3kw 2011-08-16 18:53
You did nikpick quite a bit.
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# RE: RE: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer CaseDavid Ramsey 2011-08-16 19:01
You know, Silverstone griped about that, too. Sorry, but if I can't fit my optical drive in your $250 case, you're gonna get dinged for it.

Still, it's a spectacular case overall, so keep that in mind.
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# Thanks!G 2011-08-25 14:29
Very detailed review, well written and clearly not biased.

Thank you for adressing the flaws, as it seems like most reviewers are afraid of stepping on toes.

I agree on the optical drive issue, but the performance and and graceful design on this case leaves me with little choice.

Would perhaps mounting the optical drive in the fifth drive bay slot give more space? I guess it depends on the card...

Thanks again Mr. Ramsey, keep up the great work!
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# RE: SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer CaseEric Monteiro 2014-01-27 00:24
I have been custom assembling my own desktops for quite a few years. Obviously, that included going through various leading brand cases. I am now running the Silverstone SST-FT02S-W, along side two other top brand models. The Silverstone is undisputedly, so far, the quietest and most cooling efficient mid-tower I have ever come across (period).
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