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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 Interior Features

The power supply mounts vertically, held in by the standard 4 screws, here. SilverStone supplies a Velcro strap you can use to cinch the power supply down against the motherboardto prevent excess motion if the FT02 case is moved. The power supply's intake fan should be positioned next to the grille at the rear of the case. Note the black sound-absorbing foam below the grille.

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SilverStone supplies a single SATA backplane adapter for the drive cage. Oddly, the power cable uses a pass-through four pin Molex connector rather than a SATA power connector. You can see more acoustic foam at the front of the drive cage.

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While the three 180mm bottom fans steal the show, there's also a 120mm exhaust fan at the top of the case, SilverStone model RL4Z S1202512LIW-3M, made by Globe Fan. The dimpled blades mark it as one of their "Golf Fan" models, and while none of the 120x120x25mm golf fans listed on the Globe Fan site exactly match the RPM and noise specs SilverStone gives, several are close enough to indicate that the airflow of this fixed-speed fan is likely in the 50-55CFM range. With three 180mm intake fans and only a single 120mm exhaust fan, the FT02 is a "positive pressure" case, which means that air will always blow out of any openings in the case. This should keep your components cleaner since virtually all intake air will pass through the intake fan filters.

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Although the chassis has room for 8 card slots, the 8th slot is blocked off. This seems odd since the SilverStone Raven RV02 case from which the Fortress FT02 descends has 8 slots, and it means the case won'twork for a lot of 7-slot motherboards if you have a double-widegraphics card in slot 7, since the card's exhaust would be inside the case.

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Every available interior panel surface is covered with sound-absorbing foam. The foam feels slightly tacky and seems to deform permanently if you press it, but does a good job silencing the components in the case.

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Let's build a system in this case and see what it's like to work with.



 

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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