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SilverStone Fortress Series FT02B-USB3.0 Black Aluminum / Steel Computer Case with 2 x USB3.0 ports (Black)

  • 4.5mm aluminum unibody frame, 0.8mm steel body ATX Mid Tower
  • USB 3.0 x 2, Audio x 1, MIC x 1 Front Ports
  • 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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SST-FT02
INTRODUCTION
Combining two of SilverStone's most distinctive computer chassis breakthroughs - the unibody construction of the Temjin TJ07, introduced in 2005, and the 90-degrees rotated motherboard mount of the RAVEN RV01 from 2008 - the Fortress FT02 advances both chassis construction and thermodynamics in a dynamic, streamlined design. With the Fortress FT02, SilverStone engineers have combined the rigidity of unibody construction with the unparalleled cooling layout of the RAVEN chassis, adding a hot-swappable hard drive cage and an acoustically padded interior for maximum versatility. The result is increased structural strength, increased storage capacity, and whisper-quiet operation. Available in black and silver colors, its elegant outer shell is perfectly accentuated by the U-shaped unibody aluminum frame that not only provides unique styling, but also functional purpose. The bottom gap from the frame to the main body actually serves as the main air intake area for its three massive 180mm fans, making it even suitable for use on carpeted surfaces. For professionals and enthusiasts looking to build a silent workstation or gaming machine with maximum performance, there is no better than the SilverStone Fortress FT02.
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Revolutionary 90 degree motherboard mounting from RAVEN RV01
  • Innovative 4.5mm aluminum unibody frame from Temjin TJ07
  • Three 180mm fans for unprecedented positive pressure and stack effect cooling
  • Supports liquid cooling radiator mounting
  • Motherboard back plate opening behind CPU area for quick cooler assembly
  • Supports 11” wide ATX motherboard
  • Foam padded interior for advanced noise absorption


ATI Radeon HD 5970 in FT02


FT02 Feature list


  • newegg Automotive-caliber 4.5mm Aluminum Unibody Frame Crafted from a solid extruded aluminum panel with automotive machinery, the Fortress FT02's main structure delivers more than twice the structural rigidity of average steel cases to practically eliminate vibration-induced noise. The form padded interior also absorbs noise for silent operation.
  • newegg Revolutionary 90 Degree Motherboard Mounting Design With the revolutionary 90-degree motherboard mounting design, the Fortress FT02 delivers stack effect for natural heat convection and quick and convenient access top I/O ports. And it supports up to 11" wide ATX motherboard.
  • newegg Superior Cooling Performance The 3 x 180mm bottom fans are preinstalled for unprecedented positive pressure and stack effect cooling. The large air cap created by bottom panel ensures maximum air circulation, making this chassis usable on carpeted surface. One 120mm top fan is also included to exhaust hot air out of your chassis. For flexibility, the Fortress FT02 supports advanced liquid cooling radiator mounting for extra cooling if necessary.
  • newegg Hot-swappable Drive Cage Tool-less button design for 5 x 5.25" drive bays and hot-swappable drive cage support (one CP05 adapter included) ensures quick installation and upgrade of 5.25" and 3.5" drives to save your time. 2.5” HDD or SSD is also supported at unique location.
  • newegg Extra Large Motherboard Tray Cutout The extra large motherboard tray cutout leaves available space for CPU cooler backplates allowing for easy installation or removal of CPU coolers, without having to remove the motherboard.
  • newegg USB 3.0 Ready The top-mounted I/O panel offers easy access to two super speed USB 3.0 ports. Microphone and headphone jacks are also provided for easy audio entertaining.

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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Mr B.
  • 2/28/2014 8:51:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Quiet and cool.
Customer service was excellent.
The cable routing is fine and the 90 degree rotation of the motherboard makes for excellent cooling even at low fan speeds.

Cons: It is big, but you should know that going in.

Other Thoughts: The customer service I got from Silverstone was excellent. I ordered 2 cases from Newegg Canada, but they had to be shipped from the US. One had a small dimple in a side panel and one had a broken fan cover - a small piece of plastic was missing from one of the cover's ribs. I emailed Silverstone and then called. The CSR agreed that the fan issue happened in manufacture and he would replace the fan. Since it couldn't be determined when the dimple happened to the case - in manufacture or shipping - he charged me $20 to replace it with a new one, plus shipping.

When the package arrived, the side panel was brand new and flawless and there were THREE new fans in the carton.

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  • Charles C.
  • 2/6/2014 3:10:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat case

Pros: This case is very well made with no sharp edges and high quality materials. Having the connectors at the top of the case is a great idea, easy access to all cables.

The connectors for all of the buttons and lights are well marked and easy to install, with the exception of the USB 3 cable connector to the mother board. see "other thoughts"

Plenty of room for cables behind the metal plate the motherboard mounts to. I have all my cables running behind the back plate.

Cons: a couple more quick disconnect adaptors would have been nice. only one comes with the case.

Other Thoughts: I purchased the EVGA Z87 Classified and had a bit of trouble connecting the USB 3 cable. Just barely enough room between the bottom fans and the connector at the motherboard. but I got it connected and it works so no less eggs.

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  • James S.
  • 1/11/2014 7:15:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGreat positive pressure case

Pros: Solidly built, positive air pressure, semi-quiet. Fits a Noctua NH-D14 cooler as long as the fans stay in their native position. Can hold plenty of hard drives- up to 5 spinners and 1 ssd (or a combination including more ssd's- one slot in ssd only). Great look, excellent finish, large, thick side window. Fans included are quality, 3 bottom ones have a 2 speed switch wired to the top.

Cons: Very little space behind the motherboard tray for cable routing. Plastic covering masking the top/front usb/audio connectors. Cd drive length may cause problems especially if you populate a lot of pci slots. The one hot swap bay back panel is the older design with a molex connector. Due to the location of the psu you need some sort of extender for the hard drive cabling.

Despite all this the case would rank 5 stars except for one major problem- a complete lack of customer support.
Case arrived with 2 minor problems- one of the front/top panel usb plugs was assembled crooked making it unusable, and the included hot swap back plane had severely bent molex pins.
After repeated attempts to arrange a rma with silverstone i gave up and purchased a front/top panel usb/audio replacement (nearly $20 cost). It was just easier then dealing with the customer support who alternated between completely ignoring emails and completely misreading my request for an rma. One respone to my request simple read "we are glad you are enjoying your recent Silverstone Ft02B-USB3.0 purchase and hope to retain you as a future customer"- without even acknowledging my rma request at all...

Other Thoughts: Great case if it arrives perfect. If anything is wrong at all be prepared to either fix it yourself or ship back the entire thing to newegg (the only way newegg can handle rma returns). Silverstone customer service is nonexistent.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 10/3/2013 8:27:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworthy of HAL9000

Pros: Wholy whaa this thing is amazing form and build. The 90 degree MB set-up, took a bit to get my head around, but it works perfectly fine. Even more now that the machine is taking it's proper place in an audio production studio. Quick access to the ports, and pci cards. The top cover pops off with ease, there's a hole to route the cables through which makes things nice and clean. The HUGE fans do a fine job, quiet enough until they kick in full. It's ready for liquid cooling, and I'm considering exploiting that.

Cons: Organization of the HDDs is slightly wonky. The distance between the PSU and the HDD chassis is impressive and really testing the length of the SATA ribbon. The HDDs are also arranged in a way that isn't in line with the SATA power supply chain, had to plug them in back to front, which sucked up precious length of said ribbon.

Other Thoughts: Love... this... case. I would love this to be the last case I ever need to buy. I'm gonna bet that this case will last longer than the MB or CPU or RAM.

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  • William G.
  • 1/16/2013 4:56:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Best case I have ever used, by far.

The airflow is fantastic, and the filtering is good enough that after 9 months of having the case sealed, there was virtually no dust inside.

I love the rotation on the motherboard. Having connectors on top means I don't need to pull the case out from the wall to get to the connections. Brilliant!

Lots of space inside. Lots of access for running cords out of the way.

Cons: The drive bays, while being well positioned, are plastic, flimsy, and aren't well made. Only 1 drive connector was included with the case, and it was almost too flimsy to use. I ended up getting a 3 bay hot-swap drive set that took up 2 of the 5 5-1/4" external bays in front, and that has worked very well for me.

Other Thoughts: Cost is also high, but with the exception of the internal drive bays the build quality was exceptional, and I thought it justified the cost.

Despite the poor internal drive bays, this case was so much better in design and other build quality I felt that 5 eggs was still justified.

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  • James H.
  • 1/3/2013 7:11:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Silent - Quality construction - Big!
Love the case, everything about it screams quality. Really like the layout and cables coming out the top rear. Keeps everything clean. Everything runs very quiet.

Case does fit the Rampage Extreme IV /w Noctua NH-D14

Cons: None that I can find, Price is a little high, but you get what you pay for.

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  • Jared J.
  • 12/17/2012 5:04:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case... not perfect

Pros: This case has a lot going for it. I'd been wanting it for a year or so. (I'm super stingy and slow to buy.) When my workstation died at work and the lead time to replace it from Dell or HP with a dual Xeon was over a month, we just got this and I built my machine.

I wanted a quiet machine and no fan noise in my office. I wanted something with a lot of drive bays for all of my 2 and 3 TB HDDs which store a lot of data for my signal processing work. It certainly has lots of drive bays and I love that.

The connectors on the top of the case made things a lot simpler for me. I frequently plug in various USB devices like development boards from TI and Xilinx and Altera and so on. This case is very accessible in that regard. I never have to climb behind it.

I like the heft of this case. It's not going anywhere. Definitely not the case you'd bring to a LAN party, but for my needs at the office, I love that.

It looks sharp. I know there's a plastic-windowed version available. I didn't get that. I'd never live it down at the office. As it is, it's a nice looking case that's very functional.

Cons: So, I have several issues with this case.

1.) Fan noise! This was sold as a "silent" case. I bought an H80 Corsair liquid cooler. The setup should be nice and quiet. Unfortunately, of the 3 180mm intake fans at the bottom, two of them "click" as they rotate. The rear one clicks as the fan blades hit the fan housing. The front fan clicks from vibration. One of these days I'll get around to buying 2 high quality 180mm fans and replace those. I shouldn't have to do that on a case that is as expensive as this one. So I've been stymied in my goal of getting a silent PC under my desk, and not due to rotational noise. Due to fans hitting the fan housing. i.e. low-quality fans or a low-quality build. I guess they never spun the fans up to check this before they shipped it.

2.) There's actually a bit of an airflow problem with this case. There is a TON of intake on the bottom of the case. That's great. In fact, those 3 180mm fans on the bottom pull air into the case very well. Unfortunately, the top of the case has very little ventilation for exhaust. The main design feature of this case is that "heat rises" and they blow the air out the top as it rises over the components. The problem is that there's only ventilation at the back top of the case if you put cards in all of your PCI slots. (Empty PCI slots have grates over them so air can flow out there.) Well, I have 4 CUDA cards that I use with MATLAB for image processing work. All of my PCI slots are filled. And those cards generate a LOT of heat. The only other exhaust for the rest of the case, including the CPU is the 120mm case fan which is where I have the radiator for my Corsair H80. It becomes obvious when I start using my machine for heavy number crunching. All of the fans start to spin up and the fan noise becomes significant. There just isn't enough ventilation to get all of that heat out. Again, my goal for a silent workstation goes poof. I would say something like "I'm the exception with the hardware I've put in there", but I figure gamers will have things like dual NVidia 690s and other monsters in there. I assume others have had this issue.

3.) The power and reset switches look cool, but I don't like where they're placed. I've inadvertently turned the PC off/reset it multiple times. They're very sensitive and I reach to plug things in and bump it, and the machine goes down. Now I'm hyper-careful about this and it doesn't happen anymore, but that's annoying.

4.) As another reviewer mentioned, it only comes with one hot swap connector for the drive bays. Additional connectors are $11. Well, I've got an SSD mounted on the back and then 5 magnetic drives spinning away in the normal drive bays. I'd be spending $44 more for all of the hot swap connectors I need. Just like the other commenter, I'd simply expect that to be included. I didn't know that until I was building the box. So I did without. :(

Other Thoughts: I know I've griped about a few issues that I've encountered with the case. I don't want to give the wrong impression here. I really like the case. I could deal with the power switches. It's a minor annoyance. I could deal with the heat buildup since I really do think most users don't have 800 Watts of CUDA cards in their boxes. (CPU I have is an i7 Extreme Hexacore. Didn't go with dual xeons since the HPTX+ Mobo wouldn't fit in this case.)

BUT, the clicking fans are enough for me to drop it to 4 eggs and to motivate me to logon to Newegg two months after I bought it and write this review. That's just unforgivable. At least the manual has suggested replacement parts. And at least I have an expense account where I can just go buy them. But the (again) annoying part will be taking my PC apart to get to them to fix it. Le *sigh*. And that means down time where I'm not working.

Off to buy some fans.

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  • Jonathan R.
  • 10/8/2012 10:10:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet, keeps cool, looks sophisticated

Pros: This is a solidly build case! Its quiet (with pads for noise insulation), the rotated motherboard design keeps the system cool at all times.

Its got an elegant design that I appreciate. Too often, with these premium cases, there are lights and cutouts, and odd angles, and strange plastic stuff on the case to make it look "edgy". The FT02 is a case that an adult can appreciate while still getting great performance.

Cons: The case is heavy!

Its also a bit bigger than I needed, but its better to have too much space than too little.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/1/2012 11:19:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLong case is long

Pros: HUGE, top-quality, solid, heavy, silent. My last PC build used the infamous Antec P180. After a lot of research, and being swayed by SilentPCReview, and many other glowing reviews, I decided to take a chance, since this seemed like the new benchmark "silent" case. I'm definitely impressed with both the airflow performance and how quiet the case is.

Cons: High cost. 2 out of 6 of the pre-installed mobo standoffs were cross-threaded. I should have checked before installing, but this caused me to pull out the mobo twice, and replace the standoffs with non-stripped ones. Only one SAS/SATA hot-swap connector included, for this price I expect a "total package" without needing to purchase additional accessories. Additional kits are available for $11 each.

Other Thoughts: This is apparently a revised edition of the FT02. Some of the upgrades included: USB3.0 front ports, AP181 Air Penetrator fans, Tray for SSD, as well as mounting holes for SSD/notebook drives in all 6 drive sleds. Don't be afraid of the lack of reviews on this item. Just check the reviews on the discontinued version, and rest assured you're getting the evolution of the same great case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163161

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