|SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 05 August 2010|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let's build a system in this case and see what it's like to work with.