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Silverstone Fortress FT04

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SilverStone Fortress FT04

9 December 2013
  • Summary: The SilverStone Fortress FT04 is built incredibly well and with an immense amount of features from 180mm fans for maximum cooling to improved fan filters to foam padding throughout. It was great working with the FT04 -- aside from when running the fans maxed out to an obnoxious noisy level -- but I don't know if I would call it my favorite SilverStone case.
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Overall 9

Silverstone Fortress FT04

2 December 2013
  • 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, which was not the case with our review sample.
  • 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, Detachable motherboard tray, Plenty of space for cable hiding, Easily accessible top area due to removable top panel, Dust filter on the front fans, Sound dampening material ...
  • 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 have been nice if both bays were equipped with the bracket., Air Penetrator fans push loads of air, but are loud at 100%
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Overall 10

SilverStone Fortress FT04 Case Video Review

3 October 2013
  • 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!
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Overall 7

Silverstone Fortress FT04 Case Review

1 October 2013
  • 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. The FT03 was unlike anything we had seen before, receiving TechSpot's Outstanding award as it was able to accommodate full length graphics cards and offered superior cooling performance on a small footprint.
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SilverStone Fortress FT04 Case Review

29 August 2013
  • 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. I think I still slightly favor the old school Fortress FT02, but it's bigger, bulkier, more expensive, and comes with its own idiosyncrasies when it comes to assembly.
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SilverStone Fortress FT04 Review

3 November 2013
  • 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. The chassis is pretty much the same but the Fortress variant tackles the concerns we had with the Raven case- pushing through as a far superior offering.
  • 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
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Silverstone Fortress FT04

20 December 2013
  • Excerpt: Taiwainesiska Silverstone återvänder till en mer klassisk tower-design med sitt senaste Fortress-chassi FT04. Denna gång satsar företaget på hög luftgenomströmning samt låg ljudnivå.
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