Silverstone Fortress ReviewRHKCommander959 - January 28, 2009
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With the case out in the open, five aluminum removable drive bays are visible and no 3.5” external drive support. Beneath lays the power button and blue power L.E.D., along with mesh and snowflake badge covering the front 180mm fan. The uni-body is similar to that employed in the Temjin class. However, the Fortress has a channel cut into the frame on each side in contrast to the smooth front of its predecessor. The front is reminiscent of the Temjin, scaled down and designed to be less busy - since the front panel is moved to the top it is in ways more elegant.
The side panel features a large sheet of acrylic, which is bolted in place and gives a nice view of the system. The opposite side is textured, and perfectly flat.
The rear is feature rich, starting at the top with two grommets for an external water-cooling solution. A rear 120mm exhaust fan with chrome grill, and vents running the length of the grilled expansion slots. The power supply is mounted at the bottom with options for pumping air out of the case, or from beneath for better temperature/efficiency from the power supply. Both side panels are held in place by three thumbscrews, and a latching mechanism, which have loops so they can be locked for security.
The bottom of the case features two large feet that are padded with rubber, along with the power supply vent. The top of the case has the second 180mm intake fan, and a tray with reset button, USB, Firewire, and audio in/out.