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Thursday, 22 July 2010 12:14

SilverStone Fortress FT02 chassis gets reviewed - Conclusion

Written by Jon Worrel

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Review: Uncompromised aesthetic simplicity, maximum airflow performance

Conclusion

After four hours of assembly, wire management and some final adjustments, the aesthetic value of our Fortress FT02 build came to meet even our most critical expectations. Not only did the unibody aluminium frame enhance its elegant exterior design over the Raven RV02, it also reminded us that enthusiast-grade hardware need not be encased in an overblown gaming chassis with egotistical embellishments. Besides, we can’t help but note the fact that the Fortress FT02 proudly received the iF (Internation Forum Design) product design award for 2010. In December 2009, a collection of international jury gathered in Hannover, Germany and judged over 2,486 products from over 39 countries to make their selections. Among all of these candidates, the forum chose to award the SilverStone Fortress FT02 with the design win. If there were any better way to express our enthusiasm about this chassis, it would be noted with the mention of this exceptional award. 

Having previously reviewed the SilverStone Raven RV02 last summer, we are led to believe that the Fortress FT02, despite being a product of a different design series, is an unobtrusive aesthetic variant and an equally capable alternative. Unfortunately, both chassis designs share a host of similar issues. For instance, SilverStone had originally advertised both to fully support ATI's Radeon HD 5970 with a 12.2-inch footprint. After a lengthy course of real-world testing, we came to the conclusion that a minor 0.2-inch clearance shortage prevented our cards from being installed into the Fortress FT02 without first having to remove the middle 180mm fan grill. Another engineering oversight came up when we attempted to install a 5.25-inch DVD drive into the front bay with our two GeForce GTX 275s in SLI already in place and spaced apart. We suggest that SilverStone could have mitigated this issue by adding an eighth PCI/PCI-Express bracket for better compatibility with enthusiast-grade motherboards.

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With the exception of these minimal design blemishes, SilverStone has still managed to deliver an elegant unibody aluminum chassis that never once compromises aesthetic simplicity for maximum airflow performance. SilverStone's talented R&D staff have meticulously engineered a positive airflow system that successfully prevents the accumulation of deadly dust bunnies, while lowering ambient temperatures and maximizing system health. They have also provided an upgrade path to a much more efficient 180mm airflow fan system that we highly recommend for this chassis. The Fortress FT02 is the fusion of many years of professional consumer research experience and innovation that strives to deliver a unique high-performance design with functional purpose.

 

 

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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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