|SilverStone SUGO SST-SG09 MicroATX Chassis|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 29 October 2012|
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Closer Look: Interior
SilverStone's done it again: just when you thought you'd seen every possible way to arrange components in a computer case, they come up with this. A standard ATX power supply occupies the upper front area, with its cooler fan facing out the front of the case. The motherboard area is behind that, and below the power supply area you can see, on the other side of the case, a mounting point for an 80mm fan. It might initially seem an odd place to put a fan since no components are there, but the purpose is to remove any hot air exhausted by your video card(s), should you have a card or cards that push some hot air back into the case. Annoyingly, SilverStone made the same design error here they made with the SG08 case: all the interior cables are far too long. Even the internal power cord that runs from the 90 degree power plug on the back of the case to the power supply area is a good 6"-8" longer than it needs to be to reach any part of a power supply...and since this was obviously a custom made cable, why?
The area behind the motherboard tray is where you'll install your hard drives. The horizontal bar behind the CPU cooler cutout can hold two 3.5" drives, while the pair of plastic brackets at the bottom can hold two 2.5" drives each, for a total of six drives mounted at once.
A top view shows the massive Air Penetrator fan that blows straight down across the motherboard. Even if you have a good CPU cooler, your VRMs and memory will appreciate the ventilation. Note that a tiny slice of the fan extends over the hard drive area, but I'm not sure how much air actually flows down here. Just in front of the fan is the mounting tray for the slim optical drive. In a welcome change, the SG09 does not require you to secure the drive with the watchmaker-sized micro-screws most other cases do: one edge of the drive is secured by the tabs at the lower part of the tray (as seen in this image), while a plastic bracket with pins that engage the screw holes on the other side of the drive snaps into place and is then secured to the drive tray with screws. A clever design that makes dealing with these drives much easier.
Your power supply screws into a framework that slides into the front of the case on nylon rails.
Of course, to get inside the case, you have to remove the cover...or two covers. The main, asymmetrical cover is shown below, but you must also remove the cover that mounts the GPU fans. This requires you to remove a total of five thumb screws and two regular screws. The GPU cover folds around and forms part of the bottom of the case, and it's a part with rubber feet on it, so the case sits slightly tilted with the GPU cover off, and you can scratch your work surface with the bare metal case edges if you're not careful moving it.
Let's give this case a real test: building a system in it.