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This review is from: SilverStone Fortress Series FT02B-W Black Aluminum / Steel Computer Case
Pros: First off, this case has been updated. These updates aren't in the Newegg specs, and it was a pleasant surprise when I unboxed the case. The model I received was updated to include USB 3.0 in the front panel. It also was updated with the AP181 Air Penetrator fans, and a bracket for mounting an SSD on the side of the 5.25" bays.
It's a really sturdy, high quality case, with some pretty quiet and strong fans. I get great air flow, and I love the vertical design aesthetics. I have this case sitting on top of my desk, and I can feel a breeze down by my feet. You will hear the AP181s when you flip them to high, but my GTX 680 blower is much louder at 80%. The internal padding helps a lot with the noise. I really like the filters, and I hope these make my case relatively dust free.
Mobo installation went without a hitch.
A few specs that aren't listed at Newegg: fits up to 12.2" expansion cards, can fit EATX (12x11), the bottom intake fans and the PSU intake have air fi
Cons: Be careful about installing a 120 radiator in the roof. It might not fit. My Corsair H60 radiator fits right up against the expansion slots.
I wish they would have included an 8th expansion slot.
Installing the PSU was a pain in the rear, and the velcro strap that Silverstone provides did not aid in its installation. I have a Seasonic x1250. I am a little worried about the long term sturdiness of the plastic footie that holds the bottom of the PSU.
You need to screw your hdd to the hdd tray even if you want to use the hotswap bay. Using screws is not my idea of hot swapping.
Other Thoughts: This is a great case, and Silverstone's attention to quality and added details will keep your system clean, cool, and nice to view.
A modular power supply really makes this case look nice. If I had my old power supply, wires would be all up in the case without a lot of places to hide them. It would be really crowded.
If you want a really sharp case with a classic, simple appearance that will keep your expensive parts in good condition, pick this one. I really like its aesthetics over some of the other more gaudy cases. A good comparison would be a black Mercedes with turbo and a supped up Honda with candy paint, spinning rims, a big spoiler, and a loud exhaust. Both are probably fast, but I prefer the simple elegance and class of the FT02.
Display Name: David S.
Date Joined: 02/09/11
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