SilverStone Fortress FT01

Very stylish all-aluminum case
Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 02.09.2009
Manufacturer: SilverStone
Product Group: System enclosures
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SilverStone Fortress FT01 Review

The side panels are held in place with very handy spring-loaded mechanisms. On both side there's a small latch that releases three hooks along the top of the side panel and let it loose. Unfortunately the side panels aren't quite thick enough for this to work properly, so there are also five thumb screws locking the panels in place. This is certainly something that SilverStone could improve in future cases, the latch idea is great, but maybe add some rubber strips to prevent the side panels rattling?



SilverStone Fortress FT01 Review

The side panels are lined with a thin layer of noise dampening foam. The effect of such thin foam in the overall noise level is pretty questionable, but at least it gives some mass to the otherwise extremely thin (1 mm) and light aluminum side panels. Nice idea, but not enough to please the silence enthusiasts.


SilverStone Fortress FT01 Review

The internal layout of the TF01 follows very closely the currents trend of bottom-mounted power supply and sideways drive bays. Nothing special here, just the well proven basic layout. From a modders' point of view, I'm glad to say that everything in the case is held together with screws . no need to drill out any pesky pop rivets if you want to make room for watercooling.

As for the cooling the case relies in positive pressure. In practice this means that there are two massive 180 mm fans pushing air into the case, and only one 120 mm fan exhausting it. Now this may seem odd to some, but this also means that all the air that enters the case is being pushed in by those two fans through removable dust filters, so atleast in theory the amount of dust inside the case should remain minimal.

Silverstone have prepared an article describing the effects of positive pressure. They also offer two Youtube videos to demonstrate the benefits: Video 1, Video 2.


SilverStone Fortress FT01 Review

There are a total of seven 3,5" hard drive bays in the Fortress, all of which come with the handy drive sledges. These bays are split into two cages, the upper cage houses up to four drives, while the lower can handle only three. With the both HDD cages in place there's 30 centimeters of space for the power supply, and 28,5 centimeters for the graphic card (pcb lenght). The upper drive cage can also be removed, which allows even the longer expansion cards to be installed.

The case comes with one CP05 S-ATA hot swap backplane, and originally it comes installed in the top-most drive bay. These things can be purchased from SilverStone if needed, and the one that comes with the case can easily be moved to which ever HDD-bay necessary or removed altogether.

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