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Silverstone Fortress Review

RHKCommander959    -   January 28, 2009
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Conclusion

The FT01 Fortress from SilverStone was an awesome case in terms of silence, great looks, and good cooling. The add-on modules round out the case, and help it stand out beyond the competition. I personally suggest having a hot swappable CP05 module per hard drive, as it makes installation, maintenance, and routing the cables much easier. There are no sharp edges in the case, and all of the fans are safely behind fan grills– except when the hard drive bay is removed. The 5.25” drives tool free feature is also very nice and sturdy. The case is spacious enough; even users with motherboards that have 90-degree SATA connectors at the side of the motherboard shouldn’t have a hard time hooking everything up. Every bit of attention was paid to making the case silent, with good temperatures: vents along the back of the case, as well as the hard drive bay, rubber grommets for the hard drives, rubber padding on the case feet, and large silent fans. This is a very customizable and durable case that should fit most people’s needs.

The only problems are that the top filter is extremely difficult to remove, and that it can be difficult removing the expansion slots without a long Phillips screwdriver. But the trade-off is for more structural strength. This case offers up good looks excellent build quality and does not use the typical high CFM high noise fans to get the job of reducing cabinet temperatures down. It may come with a price tag that some may feel uncomfortable with, but you get what you pay for.

 

Pros:

  • Good cooling
  • Operates silently
  • External water cooling ready
  • Tool-free drives
  •  SATA Add-ons
  • Sturdy
  • Fan Filters
  • Foam sound damping

 

Cons:

  • Bad access to top fan filter
  • Price

 

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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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