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Thursday, 22 July 2010 12:14

SilverStone Fortress FT02 chassis gets reviewed - Unboxing, Packaging and Specifications

Written by Jon Worrel

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Review: Uncompromised aesthetic simplicity, maximum airflow performance

Unboxing, Packaging and Specifications

When our black Fortress FT02 with side panel window (SST-FT02B-W) arrived, it was encased in a typical rectangular “case box” almost identical to that of the Fortress FT01. The marketing details gave us an accurate description of what to expect inside, accompanied by a standard image of the white version of the chassis. The green “FORTRESS” font design at the top left of the box emphasizes a bold distinction between the Fortress series and the Raven series that features a white Halloween-themed font on the Raven RV02 box. Superficialities aside, the case came wrapped in a nylon fabric sandwiched between two large Styrofoam placeholders, making for an ample amount of shipping security while being transported via DHL from SilverStone’s US distribution warehouse in Chino, California.

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After unpacking, the chassis itself appeared untouched and in perfect mint condition – not a dent, scratch or smudge to be seen. Just like the Fortress FT01 before it and the Raven RV02, the package also came with a product manual, an assortment of screws, fan adapters, fan power adapters and hard drive mounting accessories.

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In particular, the SilverStone Fortress FT02 (SST-FT02B-W) features a total size of 212mm (W) x 497mm (H) x 616mm (D). In contrast, the Fortress FT01 (SST-FT01B-W) came in at a slightly smaller 211mm (W) x 496mm (H) x 494.5mm (D). The most noticeable difference between the two chasses lies with the depth increase on the newer revision, but these unusual dimensions prove to be useful for multi-GPU setups as we will mention shortly.

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SilverStone Fortress SST-FT02B-W black with window side panel

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SilverStone Fortress SST-FT02S-W silver with window side panel

 

Here are the general specifications of the Fortress FT02:

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In comparison, the Raven RV02 (SST-RV01B-W) measures in at 212mm (W) x 503mm (H) x 643mm (D) while the Raven RV01 (SST-RV02B-W) comes in at a much larger 280mm (W) x 616mm (H) x 660mm (D).SilverStone Raven RV02 for comparison:

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+1 #1 3doog 2010-07-22 19:09
I just hope they've included usb 3.0 :sad:
 
 
+2 #2 mrgerbik 2010-07-22 23:30
Nice... a big roomy chassis that doesn't look like some fugly "elite gamerz 9000 uber sniper destroy super-bright blue L.E.D edition" gawdy cheesefest case.

good job Silverstone:)
 
 
0 #3 blandead 2010-07-23 10:09
i dont see number comparisons from other cases and this one.. in celcius that is... how much cooler did it get. 10 celcius cooler ?
 
 
-1 #4 jon 2010-07-23 11:04
Quoting blandead:
i dont see number comparisons from other cases and this one.. in celcius that is... how much cooler did it get. 10 celcius cooler ?



I chose not to focus on a quantitative assessment of its airflow performance in comparison to similar market offerings.

Rather, I highlighted the aerodynamic concepts behind SilverStone's cooling methodology in the Fotress FT02 and compared them against its own physical design traits, overall chassis contours, and its ability to maintain a simplistic overall body design.
 
 
-3 #5 Naterm 2010-07-23 19:50
I wish it came it white, it would look really good.

USB 3.0? That's completely down the motherboard manufacturer unless you're talking about the front panel. In that case, I'm sure they didn't. That won't be around for awhile.
 
 
0 #6 blandead 2010-07-24 11:20
Rather, I highlighted the aerodynamic concepts behind SilverStone's cooling methodology in the Fotress FT02 and compared them against its own physical design traits, overall chassis contours, and its ability to maintain a simplistic overall body design.

yes and it all sounds nice and looks shiny, so did the fermi. how can you say you compared anything all you did was explain its features. comparing is using numbers. how much better is it coming from silverstone? xx% i think that would be comparing. I'm not trying to sound like an A$$ but if u can explain for 8 pages how great the design is at least show us what practical means that will have. how good will it be at cooling thats all it comes down to. unless u only care about looks and interesting airway passages.
 
 
0 #7 Nerdfighter 2010-07-25 06:37
Nice and sleek design, not too flamboyant/gimmicky. Although in my opinion, you could of maybe compared the temps with other cases, to show how much of an advantage the "stack-cooling effect" has, instead of talking so much about the design. Not criticizing, just making a point here.

About the problem with the 5970, I think I've heard somewhere, that it will fit once you take off the fan grill. Can anyone confirm this?
 
 
-1 #8 jon 2010-07-25 11:05
Quoting Nerdfighter:
Nice and sleek design, not too flamboyant/gimmicky. Although in my opinion, you could of maybe compared the temps with other cases, to show how much of an advantage the "stack-cooling effect" has, instead of talking so much about the design. Not criticizing, just making a point here.

About the problem with the 5970, I think I've heard somewhere, that it will fit once you take off the fan grill. Can anyone confirm this?



Yes, removing the fan grill will remedy the issue with Radeon HD 5970 installation as it would allow just enough clearance for the card's 0.2-inch red fins. As I mentioned, however, removal or alteration of any part of the chassis would be considered a "modification" and was not explicitly mentioned by SilverStone in their product documentation or marketing info sheets.
 

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