Silverstone Fortress ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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The SilverStone Fortress will be tested while idling, and fully loaded. The points of measure are the processor, video card core, hard drive, and the Northbridge chipset. The case is tested for minimum temperatures idling while booted in Windows Vista Ultimate, while the maximum temperatures are measured with Prime95, ATITool, and HDTune running. The fan for the processor is set to 100%, and video card fan is left to the default profile, which throttles fan speed based on heat. The SilverStone Fortress faces up against the Raidmax Windstorm, NZXT Zero 2, Hiper Osiris, and an open-air configuration. All of the setups have three case fans, except the Windstorm (6) and open-air (0).
- Processor: Intel Q9450 Core 2 Quad 333x8
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DS4
- Memory: Mushkin XP2 Redline 8000 2 x 2GB 5-5-5-12
- Video Card(s): HIS 3870 512mb
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800 watt Modular power supply
- Hard Drive: Samsung 750GB SATA
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
- Raidmax Windstorm
- NZXT Zero 2
- Hiper Osiris
- Open Air
Overall the Fortress did great! The CPU temperatures were neck and neck with the Windstorm, while not as good as the other cases. GPU, Hard Drive, and Chipset temperatures reverse the tide however, bringing the Fortress back into competition. The case is designed with positive-pressure airflow in mind: two large 180mm fans spinning silently pack air in, while vents allow excess to tumble out as another 120mm fan pull remaining air pressure out and keeping noise to a minimum. All in all, the case performed as good as, and in some results better than, cases with twice the number fans, all the while operating virtually silent.