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SilverStone Fortress FT04 Case Review
1 week ago
Summary: Final Thoughts for the Silverstone Fortress FT-04
As I mentioned in the first part of the Review, this case is a rare case to find since the Silverstone Fortress FT05 made its debut.
Pros: – Elegantly stylish, – Second to none quality of build and materials, – Water and Air cooling ready, – Wire Management holes in the right place, – Able to mount even the largest of motherboards, – Unlimited clearance for the largest of power supplies, – Fan controllers and removable motherboard tray
Cons: – Heavy weight case, – Plastic cover on the top, – Hinged door in front (Can be a CON for some but not all), – Complex design elements
Summary: Silverstone is known for really pushing the envelope of internal design, and the Fortress line even uses thick aluminum plates for the front and top of the chassis. All this comes at a fairly hefty price well above the $200 mark, so we do expect utmost quality and a perfect fit of all the parts,...
Pros: Thick aluminum front and top panel, Excellent cooling setup, Individual fan controls for the Air Penetrators, One hot-swap bay included, Motherboard mounted upside down for better thermals, Space for seven 3.5" and four 2.5" drives, Can hold a 360 mm radiator in the front, Easy access 5.25" bays,...
Cons: Silverstone needs to keep an eye on overall variance of quality, Plastic support beam for GPUs does not work well, No grommets on motherboard openings, 8-Pin CPU Power Extension cable would have been nice, Hard-drive cage blocks access to motherboard plugs, Only one hot-swap included. It would ha...
Conclusion: The Fortress FT04 is a big step up over the Raven RV04. Even though they share the same internal design, externally things have improved massively, with the new aluminium front and roof bolstering the case's aesthetics, build quality and overall premium feel.
Summary: The SilverStone Fortress FT04 Case looks brilliant, comes with aluminum front door and top panel, two 180mm fans, lots of drives, tons of space to work, has a removable motherboard tray, fits long video cards, cable management, acoustic dampening material and more. This case is awesome!
Excerpt: Silverstone cases are often praised by enthusiasts and HTPC builders alike, and with good reason. Last time we checked one out it was the Fortress FT03, the direct predecessor of the case we are reviewing today.
Conclusion: As with their Raven RV04, I'm left with mixed feelings about the SilverStone Fortress FT04. In terms of build quality and adjustability, I think it's worth the premium over the Raven RV04, and frankly as far as air-cooling cases go I have a hard time really suggesting anything better.
Conclusion: Bringing our thoughts to a close, it’s safe to say the all-new Fortress FT04 has left a lasting impression upon us. Those of you who read our review of SilverStone Raven 4 will realise that there are strong similarities between this case and the FT04.
Pros: + Professional and sleek aesthetics, + Superb cooling potential, + Expertly engineered, + Aluminium/Steel construction, + Unique internal layout, + Lots of space for hardware, + Easy to maintain cable management, + Handy CPU cooler + graphics card support, + Fan controller