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Written by David Ramsey   
Thursday, 23 August 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Silverstone SUGO SG08 Mini-ITX Case
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Building a System
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Exterior

The accessories pack includes a multi-lingual manual, an adapter to allow motherboards with only USB 2.0 headers to be connected to the case's front panel, a small bag of screws for mounting drives (it even includes four of the ultra-tiny screws for mounting slim optical drives), two reusable cable ties, and a power cord. You can attach the rectangular vent to the left side panel, sealing its edges with the supplied foam block, to precisely direct cool outside air into your video card's axial fan input.


The front of the SST-SG08 case is a single slab of black anodized aluminum. It's a pretty minimalist facade, with a power button and light, two USB 3.0 ports, microphone and headphone connections, and a slot for a slim optical drive. The "SilverStone" logo is the only decoration. A card reader-- at least for SD cards-- would have been nice. The power indicator to the right of the power button is also the drive activity light: it's on steadily when the computer is turned on, but flickers with drive activity.


When I first examined this case, I was struck by its weight-- it seemed noticeably heavier than you think a case this size would be. And here's why: that brushed aluminum front panel is a full centimeter thick. I'm not sure why SilverStone made this design decision, but it gives the case some...presence.


The left side of the case is a single vented panel, the better for your video card to breathe. SilverStone had full-sized, high performance video cards in mind for this case when they designed it, as we'll see in the following sections.


At the rear of the case are a low/high speed switch (barely visible at the left in this image) for the Air Penetrator fan; the I/O panel cutout; two card slot covers (mini-ITX motherboards only have one slot at most, but again, SilverStone's thinking of double-width video cards), the reset switch, and the power receptacle. Power receptacle? Yes, this case comes with its own power supply...more on that later.


The right side of the case is plain, with more ventilation slots. However, while the ventilation slots on the left side of the case were for intake air for a video card cooler, these slots are for exhaust. This case has two airflow paths: for the video card, it's intake air through the left side of the case and out the rear and bottom; for the rest of the system it's air in through the top of the case via the filtered Air Penetrator fan, and out through the right side of the case.


And here's the intake at the top of the case for the 180mm SilverStone Air Penetrator fan. We'll look at this in more detail in the Interior section.


Things get interesting on the bottom of the case. It almost looks as though SilverStone was thinking about a motherboard backplate cutout here, although that wouldn't make any sense because it would (1) Leave the bottom of the motherboard exposed, and (2) space restrictions inside the case preclude the use of the large coolers that require backplates. The fan intake you see on the left of this image is for the built-in power supply, and the vented area at the lower right is an exhaust area for graphics cards that don't route all their hot air out the back of the case. Note the screw-in plastic blocking ridge that keeps this warm air from being sucked into the power supply intake. Nice touch!


Let's take a look inside this intruiging case in the next section.



# I'm impressedBruce 2012-08-23 06:43
"Note the screw-in plastic blocking ridge that keeps this warm air from being sucked into the power supply intake. Nice touch!"

This is what I call attention to detail...!! Impressive.
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# Not impressedYanni 2012-09-02 14:11
Slim optical drive only, included power supply is non-modular, cable management very difficult, only takes one 3.5" HDD, price is very high, too heavy, non rigid construction. These issues are simply unacceptable.

In my opinion, the Lian Li PC-Q08B has all the advantages but none of the above issues that the Silverstone case has. It is approx 80mm taller, but that is just about the only minor issue and I am happy with it!
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# RE: Not impressedSean 2012-09-19 14:47
While I haven't used this case, the comments from Yanni are a bit disingenuous. It's very hard to find a decent Mini-ITX case with a 600w power supply that will actually FIT. Finding regular ATX PSUs that are small enough and can power a full size dual slot graphics card is difficult at best. Cable management CAN be hard with the amount of space in this case, but considering the size of the ase management is not quite the issue that it's made out to be. I'll admit that the non-rigid construction could be an issue but I'm not entirely certain as to why. In regards to the point about the lack of 3.5" HDD slots...this case is designed, as are many SFF cases, for 2.5" drives as primary. You can get 2.5" drives with pretty decent capacity for about the same price as 3.5"'s. You can run a 2.5" for main OS duties (500GB, like the Hybrid Momentus XT or and SSD of your choice and a 1TB 3.5" for storage and apps). You just need to think about the flexibility as opposed to what are perceived limitations.

The Lian Li PC-Q08B is a very good case and does afford plenty of flexibility but for those that dislike the perforated front and glowing fan this case does a very good job, if only on paper. I have mine on order and am eager to give it a whirl.
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