Summary: Though it sports the same design as it did two years ago, today's SilverStone Fortress FT02 remains one of the best performing towers we've tested, and it is almost certainly the quietest for housing a high power system. It's a very deep case due to the rotation of the motherboard but the three 18 cm fans make the extra depth worthwile. Drawing air from the bottom, the 18cm fan vents point away from the user, limiting the audible noise.
Excerpt: Not having reviewed a SilverStone case in the past, I was nevertheless aware of their reputation for quality and performance. Therefore, I had high expectations when the Fortress arrived here in the Tweaknews lab. To say that I was impressed with this chassis would be a bit of an understatement.
Conclusion: The performance of this case— specifically, its cooling ability— was excellent, as is its quietness. In 2007 I had a system with twin NVIDIA 280GTX cards; it was quite noisy under load (i.e. playing Crysis ), but at the time I just accepted that as an inevitable consequence of owning a high-performance air-cooledsystem. With the hotter and arguably louder GTX480s, the SilverStone Fortress FT02 is almost inaudible at idle, and much quieter than my other system at load.
Pros: Innovative, unique design brings significant cooling benefits, Sleek appearance refreshing among the glut of "extreme" and "military" styled cases, Room forfive 5.25" devices andfive 3.5" devices, Excellent build quality and quiet operation, Integrated fan controllers
Cons: Not much room for cables behind the motherboard, Case design limits utility of the 7th slot...and there really should be 8!, Longer cables required both internally an externally, Smooth exterior makes the case difficult to move, Mismatched colors and textures slightly compromise case appearance
Summary: The SilverStone Fortress FT02 Case is one of the very best Full-Tower cases on the market. This case offers gorgeous styling, aluminum unibody design, lots of fans, excellent air circulation, removable dust filters, plenty of drive bays, cable management holes and so much more. This case is truly in a class of it's own.
Excerpt: Going on name alone, one would expect the Silverstone Fortress FT02 to be an updated version of our Best of the Best mid-tower case, last year’s Fortress FT01. And while it shares a few of the FT01’s traits (like a unibody aluminum frame, acoustic padding, and some stylistic cues like black metal mesh), the vast majority of its DNA comes from the Raven RV02. In fact, it’s the homo sapiens to the RV02’s chimpanzee.
Excerpt: For several years now, SilverStone has been one of the top names in computer cases, standing alongside companies like Lian Li and Antec. From the introduction of the Temjin series, it’s been clear that SilverStone’s main target has been the PC enthusiast who wants a solid, refined chassis. Their Fortress series, begun last year with the Fortress FT-01, took several of the lessons learnt with the Temjin series and applied it to a new mid-tower form factor.
Excerpt: Silverstone has always been known for classic, stylish case designs. Recently, they gave one product line a bolder look that appeals to the gaming PC community. That line of cases came in the form of the Raven and Raven 2 . Not all PC enthusiasts want a case designed after a stealth fighter, so Silverstone added a new contender in its Fortress line, the FT-02. The Fortress 2 carries on the tradition started by the Temjin 7 of a unibody design.
Conclusion: The Raven 2 was a good case, and the Fortress just seems to improve it even further. Most importantly the problems with the hard drive cage are now gone, and I for one find the aluminum uni-frame so much better looking than the Raven's bezels. There's a bit of noise dampening foam in the case, but there's hardly noticeable difference in the noise. That said, the Raven was already quiet enough and the Fortress 2 should please the silence enthusiasts even more.
Pros: Quiet, New design, Dust filters, Hard drive cage