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SilverStone Fortress Series FT02S-USB3.0 Silver Aluminum / Steel Computer Case with 2X USB3.0 ports

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  • 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 Innovative 4.5mm aluminum unibody frame With unibody construction, the SilverStone FT02's main structure delivers increased 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 Silverstone FT02delivers 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 Excellent Expandability with 11 Drive Bays Featuring five 5.25" external drive bays, five 3.5" internal drive bays, one 2.5" internal drive bay and seven expansion slots, the Silverstone FT02 provides excellent expandability. The drive trays are hot-swappable for easy installation and replacement without the need to shut down the whole system.
  • newegg Peerless Cooling Performance The Silverstone FT02 features three 180mm bottom intake fans and a 120mm top exhaust fan to optimize internal airflow for peerless cooling performance. Liquid cooling radiator mounting support offers an extra high-efficiency solution for system cooling.
  • newegg CPU cutout The Silverstone FT02 features motherboard back plate cutout for quick CPU cooler assembly.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Solid, well-made, good cooling design, can fit an EEB mobo (barely)

Pros: I echo all the other positive reviews here, well made, nice to look at, excellent all around quality (almost as good as Apple Mac Pro).

Cons: Not natively designed for the more powerful SSI EEB server/workstation mobo. Just 3/4” inch higher and 1/2” wider and it could comfortably fit this, enabling builds with the most powerful workstation configurations - dual Xeon + quad 2-slot GPU - in a beautiful Mac Pro like brushed metal case. Not docking any stars for this, as it is not advertised to be able to do this.

Overall Review: For anyone wondering, it’s possible to fit a 12x13’ SSI EEB server motherboard in this case, but with a few non destructive modifications and caveats. I have the Asus Z10PE-D8 WS dual Xeon 7x PCI Express x16 mobo [1] in it, things to know:

1. About 1/3rd of the mounting points do not line up, namely all three along the bottom of the mobo and one on the lower right side (beside the lower CPU mount). By “bottom” and “right” I mean when the mobo is oriented its vertical position in the case. Enough mount points line up that it’s viable, just keep in mind not to shake the case or throw it around or anything (eg don’t ship it by mail, etc).

2. There are two narrow raised metal offsets about an inch in length in the case that come close to touching the underside of the mobo. Since they are near the bottom of the case where there are no mount points to prevent the mobo from flexing slightly to touch them (esp under the weight of the lower right CPU heatsink), you need to be on the safe side here and wrap those offsets in heavy duty long lasting electrical tape. Don’t skimp on the tape quality here, use whatever you can find with the strongest adhesive, heat resistance, and voltage resistance. If the tape ever comes lose you’ll likely have to remove the mobo to reapply it.

3. You have to remove all three of main bottom case fans, they overlap the EEB motherboard by about 3/4” inch. This can be done by unscrewing their mount points at the bottom of the case, and unscrewing their fan speed switches from the top of the case. This is all intended and non-destructive to the case, and they can easily be reinstalled.

Removing these fans means that the “positive pressure” cooling is no longer there, rather it’s more like suction cooling as the top case fan sucks the hot air out the top and cooler air is sucked in through the bottom. Don’t know the overall effect this has on cooling but just be aware.

4. I was hoping to able to cram 4x 2-slot GPU cards into the 7 PCI-E x16 slots, with the 4th overhanging the edge of the mobo. This would have been possible except the case’s hard drive cage protrudes a little too far into the mobo area and prevents the fourth one from fitting there. That 7th edge slot can only fit a shorter length PCI card.

5. The case is wide enough to use Noctua NH-U12DX i4 LGA 2011 CPU fans. These can be aimed upward to cycle air straight up into the top case fan. The GPUs will be blowing air both up and out the top of the case through their own vents, and also down into the bottom of the case. The hot air blowing down will get mixed in with the air being sucked up from the bottom vents and then routed through the CPU fans out the top case fan. Maybe not ideal if you are running the CPUs OC’d and hot, but ok for most other purposes.

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That’s all, if you can live with these compromises you can run an EEB.

[1]: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z10PED8_WS/specifications/

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Amazing CPU Case

Pros: Tons of room, silent, and cool thanks to the innovative vertical card orientation. Lower removable fan filters are easy to remove and clean.

Cons: It's big. If size is a factor, don't look here. I wanted something that was big, cool and easy to maintain and it works for me.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Rocked my socks. And more.

Pros: Almost too many to list, most of them to help you with the initial build.
-Excellent Cable Management
-Very quiet
-Stays remarkably cool, Noctua NH-U14s CPU heatsink does wonders supplementing the natural air flow of the case. To any of you who are concerned about it fitting in the case, fear not, it fits snuggly.
-Most solidly built case I've ever come across. Some might find this a con but it's very large and VERY heavy which is a symptom of its robust construct

Cons: -The side panel screws did not come screw.ed in with my case, had to hunt for them inside the case and box as they simply fell and rolled around into random places.
-People gripe that the plastic basis for the chassis USB 3.0 is too flimsy but personally, I find it perfectly functional and fitting.
-CPU LED flashes bright blu

Overall Review: Honestly I hope this case line will carry on as long as ATX Tower cases are relevant. I'll be buying the same thing for my next build..

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
It's a keeper

Pros: I did a lot of research prior to buying this case and I can say it was worth it. I just opened it to clean it after two months of not touching it I have barley any dust in the case. The filters on the lower fans worked great at catching most of the dust. The case is a bit heavier than most new case but doesn't feel much worse than the metal cases computer suppliers used to sell for the aftermarket or custom builders (way back when). Cable management inside and out is beautiful and easy to deal with. The case easily disassembles and reassembles without a lot of effort. This case stays cooler and quieter than previous cases I have owned that also claimed great cooling. I was able to easily install and use a Noctua NH-D14 and there is still some room between the top of the heat sink and the side of the case.

The USB 3.0 header plugged into the onboard port without any problems (Asus Sabertooth x79). I have noticed that some cases claim front USB 3.0 but are actually running an extended USB 3.0 cable out the back of the case to plug in to use a port that you may not have that many of (on some boards). I find that deceptive, annoying and tacky (for my personal build preference, a customer wants it then they can have it). I do like the fact that the reset button is not some small depressed button that you have to have a small object to hit like some cases.

To me this case is the best I've ever owned and I've owned a lot of them. I enjoy the looks, love the functionality of it and appreciate the time Silverstone put into designing the case.

Cons: The case is truly a great design and the only thing I had an issue with was running wireless mouse while the receiver was plugged into the I/O board with the cage over it. Easily solved by running a four USB extension cable to the front of the top to sit inside the "handle" you put your hand into pop the top off. If you’re asking why didn’t I plug the receiver into the USB 3.0 ports at the top front instead I need to keep those open for other devices I need to quickly plug in or disconnect. I wish the hot-swap adapter that was included was SATA III instead of SATA II (Yes I've read and looked at all the back and forth as to why that may not matter I’m just nit picking).

Overall Review: I did not get the case with the window because I no longer feel the need to display the inside of the case with a window and lights. As I only build myself a new computer every 5-6 years when I’m going to do it (and can afford it, hah) I do lots of research into every part and pick what I felt would do me the best. At this rate I may either keep this case when the next one rolls around or maybe see if Silverstone has any more updated ones that are better if even slightly.

Now I’m not running SLI at this time but did see some reviews complain that going with SLI depending on cards can make it hard to use the upper most 5.25 drive bay if the component going there is long due to cable plug in and where your card would plug in. Just FYI. Also even though I love Newegg I did buy the case from (can't post the site name but I get free shipping for $79 a year) for the free shipping (bought it directly from Silverstone) as Newegg was charging $35 to ship at that time. I see they have dropped the shipping cost but when building a system sometimes you need to save money (for more upgraded parts, lol).

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Must Have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: best case ever!!!!!!!!!!
super quiet and really good looking case

kinda look like mac pro but better with fans and mobo placement!!!!!!

a must have case

i use it for gaming and its always cool and keep my beast low key!! love it!

Cons: a little too expansive. but hey you get what you paying for

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Amazing Case

Pros: Unibody design, great airflow, super huge fans, radatior support. was able to fit a Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System with the double radatior in it.

Cons: the 90 degree mobo mount is cool but if you intend on putting the case in a cabinet it makes it hard to get it in bc the cords have to be long enough to slide all the way out.

Overall Review: over all a great case, lots of fans and air flow.
My Build:
ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011

Intel Xeon E5-1660 Sandy Bridge-EP

32 Gigs Crucial Ram (4x8Gigs)

XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz
Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP

Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System

ENERMAX ERV1000EWT-G 1000W PSU

2x Samsung 830 series 128gig SSd in Raid

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