Conclusion: SilverStone has taken the idea of a "clean room" such as used in the manufacture of computer chips to the case level first with the Temjin TJ07 and now with the Fortress FT01. The case kept the computer running cool, with positive air pressure driving air out of the case instead of causing it to linger and cause dust bunnies.
Conclusion: Overall then, the Fortress is a really impressive case. When it comes to the outlooks, it nicely follows the well proven lines of the TJ07. I can't imagine anyone not liking the thick aluminum outer shell with its lines. Surely it may look plain if you're after a gaming case with flashing lights, but when it comes to the minimal, stylish design, it doesn't get much better than this. As for the internals, here come the flaws.
Pros: Extremely sturdy, Good ventilation, Build quality, Quiet fans
Cons: The side panels could be a bit thicker, Lacks proper cable management, No hole for the CPU cooler installation
Excerpt: SilverStone are without a doubt one of the most well known chassis manufacturers on the market and have made a name designing some of the highest quality enthusiast cases available today. We recently had a look at their SG04B chassis which was built to the usual high standards we would expect from them.
Conclusion: is one of the best mid-tower cases we have seen to date. It combines strong thermal dynamics with a full list of features and absolutely stunning aesthetics.The aluminium uni-body construction really is special. It was fantastic in the TJ07 and it is just as impressive here; the frame is extremely solid with a high quality feeling and is beautiful to look at.
Summary: Finally, the filter for the top intake fan is hard to remove due to a clip holding the front-panel wires to the top of the case. The Fortress FT01 is a great-looking, well-constructed case with plenty of features for the computer enthusiast. And barring a few modest complaints, there’s a lot to love about it.
Pros: Solid construction, great looks, plenty of dard drive bays. Quiet, effective thermals.
Cons: A tad expensive, a bit cramped for side-mounted SATA ports. Only one SATA hot-switch plate.
Summary: The SilverStone FT01 Case is a very well crafted mid-tower case. There's two large 180mm fans and one 120mm fan which provide positive air pressure. The use of dust filter along with this positive air pressure eliminates dust and provides excellent cooling. There are five 5.25" drive bays and seven hard drives can be installed. Installation for these drives is a tool-less operation. It also comes with easy open side panels, top I/O ports and much more.
Summary: How much Silverstone's touted uni-body construction and positive pressure cooling affected the case's performance is difficult to assess. Regardless, the Fortress is substantially better than their last uni-body effort . Dampened panels, soft(er) mounted drives, and bigger, quieter fans all helped make this a worthy flagship for Silverstone.
Summary: Overall, this case was a joy to work with, and one of the best-looking cases I’ve worked with to date. The brushed aluminum looks nice, without the fingerprint issues that a smooth-polished finish would have. The dampening foam quiets a lot of the random rattles that an aluminum case would normally have, and the overall construction felt as solid as most steel cases.
SilverStone has a well earned reputation among PC enthusiasts for providing a full line of high quality enclosures, power supplies, cooling components, and accessories. The new FT01 is the first enclosure in SilverStone’s new Fortress series. It features an all aluminum chassis that incorporates the same premium build quality originally found in the Temjin TJ07 full-tower enclosure, but in a more compact mid-tower size. Even so it provides...