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SilverStone Fortress FT03 Review

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djzic 15th February 2011, 09:09 Quote
ooh! nice look!
jrs77 15th February 2011, 09:35 Quote
I think the price is quiet ridiculous for a µATX-case and I don't really like the layout there.
Snips 15th February 2011, 09:48 Quote
I think a H70 cooler would work nicely in there. Bit pricey but I may consider it on a future build.
AHeilemann 15th February 2011, 09:50 Quote
Nice review. Now we just need some nice P67 mATX boards to fit in there :)
The Asus P8P67-M Pro actually doesn't have internal USB 3 Headers, so in that specific case, I'm glad they're not internal.
The FT03 manual actually recommends that you use intake fans that spread out, so guess they thought about the air going in straight lines as well.
Jack_Pepsi 15th February 2011, 10:02 Quote
This case will be the home for my next build. Now all I need to is find the money. Hmmm....
Jipa 15th February 2011, 10:05 Quote
Oo it looks really nice in black! It's actually so nice I feel sorry I no longer have a mATX build... Might have to change that

Thanks for the review, although I'd wanted to see a roof shot with the grill/bezel in place. Haven't really seen a shot with that in place, so can't get a good picture of how it actually looks in use.
r3loaded 15th February 2011, 10:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by AHeilemann
The FT03 manual actually recommends that you use intake fans that spread out, so guess they thought about the air going in straight lines as well.
Yep, I remember reading on their site that they consciously chose not to use their new air penetrator fans for this very reason. For dual-GPU, they recommend replacing the 120mm fan with two 80mm ones for more effective directional cooling.


My FT03 arrives this week, nice to know that I've not bought a lemon :)
Da_Rude_Baboon 15th February 2011, 10:18 Quote
I built mine at the weekend and its a great case. I used a Silverstone Strider modular PSU with the optional short cable kit which make cable routing a breeze. The finish to the panels and the raised Silverstone logo give it a really classy finish. One other annoyance is the use of the molex plug on the hot swap bay. Why not have a SATA connection?
Da_Rude_Baboon 15th February 2011, 10:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa
Oo it looks really nice in black! It's actually so nice I feel sorry I no longer have a mATX build... Might have to change that

Thanks for the review, although I'd wanted to see a roof shot with the grill/bezel in place. Haven't really seen a shot with that in place, so can't get a good picture of how it actually looks in use.

Check out the pictures in this thread Jipa.
the_kille4 15th February 2011, 10:39 Quote
I WILL create a PC based on this case, LGA 1356 CPU + mobo and AMD HD 7xxxx series...
wuyanxu 15th February 2011, 10:45 Quote
magnetic dust filters! now that's innovative.

would radiator as thick as H70 fit in the intake fan near RAM, above PSU? what about H50?
x5pilot 15th February 2011, 10:56 Quote
Looks great! Love the slot loading minamilist front....
Any chance they might make a full style ATX case based on this design???
Boscoe 15th February 2011, 11:01 Quote
I'm all for micro atx but it could of easily fit an ATX board into here without making it much larger what so ever. I hate wasted space. I love getting as much as possible into the smallest space!
RedFlames 15th February 2011, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Boscoe
I'm all for micro atx but it could of easily fit an ATX board into here without making it much larger what so ever

you can say that about most mATX cases though
Snips 15th February 2011, 11:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
magnetic dust filters! now that's innovative.

would radiator as thick as H70 fit in the intake fan near RAM, above PSU? what about H50?

I'm not sure either would wuyanxu. The top exhaust fan would be the best place for either.
Jack_Pepsi 15th February 2011, 11:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
magnetic dust filters! now that's innovative.

would radiator as thick as H70 fit in the intake fan near RAM, above PSU? what about H50?

I think so...

http://www.chiphell.com/data/attachment/forum/201101/07/164937hex2x3vd2xd231v8.jpg
mark@scan 15th February 2011, 11:25 Quote
I've got one of these and can confirm that a H70/50 will fit. A place in the states is currently building them into systems using this case: http://www.digitalstormonline.com/compblackops.asp
Material 15th February 2011, 12:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa
Thanks for the review, although I'd wanted to see a roof shot with the grill/bezel in place. Haven't really seen a shot with that in place, so can't get a good picture of how it actually looks in use.

This is the only shot we have with the top grille in place
The Infamous Mr D 15th February 2011, 12:32 Quote
I love this case. Top marks to Silverstone for some genuinely original and inspired thinking.
REMF 15th February 2011, 14:32 Quote
lovely case, shame i just spent a fortune on the equally good FT02, because I do love mATX.
devilxc 15th February 2011, 14:33 Quote
If I had the money it would be at the top of my list. It's a hard sell at that price though.
infernalmachine 15th February 2011, 16:14 Quote
I just built my new setup yesterday with this case, P8P67-MPro and an H70 (with some GTs) so far so goood!
tipz69 15th February 2011, 16:44 Quote
I picked one of these up last week. By far the best looking and coolest case I've ever had. Cables are really neatly packed away too.
I did have trouble getting the side panel seated on the PSU side though. The plug on the PSU (NorthQ PSU) sat right on the lip where the grill clips in. I used a few motherboard stand-offs to sit the PSU a little further back and everything was dandy.
Running two HDD's (F3) didn't cause too mush trouble with cable routing and their respective temperatures are cool too. There is also plenty of space behind the PSU to bundle spare cable into.
The hot-swap HDD cage has been fettled and now holds a card reader.
Fantastic case.
Snips 15th February 2011, 17:28 Quote
infernalmachine, tipz69 get your rigs on the project logs. Would be good to see them in action.
duc 15th February 2011, 18:20 Quote
Any idea if its available in white, as seen in the exhibitions? It just looks nicer/cleaner lines in white.
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