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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Fortress Series SST-FT03B-MINI Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • Super mini footprint design with no cables and vents on four sides
  • Ample space for CPU cooling (78mm in height)
  • Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX motherboard & SFX PSU compatible

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SILVERSTONE Black & Silver Mini-ITX Media Center / HTPC Case

After releasing the ground breaking Fortress FT03 chassis in 2011, SilverStone engineers took on the challenge of making a smaller version to further increase the appeal of this unique computer form factor. Through intelligent planning and reengineering, the engineers were able to create the FT03-MINI, which improves on the simplistic design of the FT03 while reducing the size by 50%. Using 2.5mm thick, sand-blasted and anodized aluminum outer shells with no cable connectors and vents on all four sides to complement an efficient, organized layout, this chassis helps SilverStone to again set new standards in small form factor computers.

The interior of the FT03-MINI utilizes SilverStone's unique stack effect cooling layout so a Mini-ITX motherboard is mounted in 90 degree rotation to take advantage of hot air's natural tendency to rise. The FT03-MINI can accommodate graphic cards up to 10", support one 3.5" and two 2.5" drives, and even entry-level liquid cooling can be installed to satisfy needs of enthusiasts. As the new small form factor chassis addition to the Fortress series, the FT03-MINI is truly a paradigm.

Fortress FT05S-W
  • Super mini footprint design with no cables and vents on four sides
  • Ample space for CPU cooling (78mm in height)
  • Elevated standoff for motherboard back side components
  • Includes 140mm Air Penetrator fan and support entry level liquid cooling
  • Support for two 2.5" SSD/hard drives and one 3.5" hard drive
  • Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX motherboard & SFX PSU compatible
  • Standard-length expansion cards support (10 inches)
Fortress FT05S-W

Power/reset button, USB 3.0 and I/O port

Fortress FT05S-W

Bottom 140mm air penetrator fan

Fortress FT05S-W

Dual expansion slots

Fortress FT05S-W

Removable hard drive bracket

  1. Removable top cover designed for maximum ventilation and for external cable management
  2. 2.5mm thick anodized aluminum outer shell
  3. Rotated 90-degree motherboard mounting from the breakthrough RAVEN chassis
  4. Support graphics card up to 10 inches long
  5. Stack effect cooling layout with included 140mm Air Penetrator fan
  6. Top-mounted buttons and I/O ports include microphone, audio, and two USB 3.0 ports (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
  7. Compatible with SFX power supplies
  8. Capacity for one 3.5" hard drives and two 2.5" drives
  9. Removable bottom filter included to prevent dust buildup
Model No. SST-FT03B-MINI (Black)
SST-FT03S-MINI (Silver)
Material Aluminum outer shell, steel body
Motherboard Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External 12.7mm Slot loading slim optical drive x 1
Internal 3.5" x 1 , 2.5" x 2
Cooling System Front --
Rear --
Side --
Top --
Bottom 1 x 140mm Air Penetrator fan, 1500RPM
Internal --
Expansion Slots 2
Front I/O Ports USB 3.0 x 2
Audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply 1 x Optional standard SFX
Expansion Card Compatible up to 10" long, width restriction - 5.11"
Max. CPU Cooler Size 82mm
Net Weight 10.3 lbs (4.7kg)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 7.4 x 15.6 x 9.25 in. (188.9 x 397 x 235.1mm)
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4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This thing looks great, really thick aluminum side panels give it a real quality feel to it. Filtered intake, positive pressure case means (hopefully) a lot less problems with dust.

Cons: The AP141 fan that comes with the case is pretty loud at 12v.
The black paint on the drive tray parts was somehow already scratched when I opened the case, but it was definitely new.

Other Thoughts: The reset switch is the same height and button style as the power button. I just wish it was recessed to make it more distinct from the power button.

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  • 8/15/2012 7:46:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Mini-ITX case

Pros: -Provisioning for self-contained water cooling like H60/H80 or Antec Kuhlers, as well as installation instructions in the manual
-Up to 10" long video card support, exemplary for a Mini-ITX case
-Good hard drive expandability
-Fairly quiet and powerful AirPenetrator intake fan on the bottom
-Very compact
-Well constructed, good looking, high quality exterior materials
-Unique and gorgeous design looks great on a desk

Cons: -Hard drive cages are a bit clunky and hard to re-insert when full of components
-Side panels sometimes fall off a bit too easy
-Installation is a bit involved
-Slot load DVD/BluRay drive limits choices

Other Thoughts: This is a great case. I installed an AMD APU A8-3870K and Antec Kulher 620 with a Radeon 6670, 8GB of DDR3 G.Skill Ares RAM, 1 2.5" SSD, 1 3.5" 1TB drive and one Sony BC-5650H Bluray reader,DVDRW, and ST45F SFX PSU.

Piece of advice: RTM! Doit now! It has full instructions including a WC mini-rad install due to small CPU clearance on Mini-ITX motherboards. The built-in AP141 fan provides ample air flow for rad and GPU, as they engineered a space where the fan still flows freely into the case past the rad. Nice.

My only qualm is that the hard disk cages have some slightly sharp tabs that can damage cables when re-inserted, and are a bit painful to re-install with a case full of components. I also would have preferred a tray load optical slot, as slim/slot-load BluRay writers are extinct it seems.

Otherwise this is a tremendously engineered case and awesome for any ITX build. I may even try a GTX 670 in it soon.

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