Conclusion: One thing's for sure, Silverstone has created something completely new with the Fortress FT03 . They managed to pack a big gaming rig into a small footprint, perfect for anyone who wants to run their PC on their desk without it taking up half of the desk, or for a LAN environment.
Conclusion: Perhaps the main issue with the SilverStone FT03-Mini is its price. At over £100 it's one of the most expensive mini-ITX cases we've reviewed. While the Silverstone Sugo SG08 costs even more at a staggering £160, it includes a custom PSU, is equally tiny and boasts much better cooling.
Summary: Silverstone has taken the unique design of the Fortress FT03 and reduced the overall size of the chassis to create the FT03 Mini. Even so, the case manages to impress in terms of quality, with its thick aluminum panels and solid internal construction.
Pros: Unique design, Extremely compact, Two expansion slots, Can hold 10 inch long graphics card, 2x 2.5 inch and 1x 3.5 inch bays, Slot loading ODD in front, Thick aluminum plates all around, 140 mm FDB Air Penetrator fan on the underside, 2x USB 3.0, USB 3.0 to 2.0 adapter included, Dust filter on fa...
Cons: No eject Button for ODD, Air penetrator fan is quite loud, 10 inch GPU a tight fit, Forced to use low-profile or OEM heatsink, Basic I/O
Summary: We were really impressed by the SilverStone Fortress FT-03-MINI. Its look and feel is top notch, and you will be able to build a small yet powerful computer using it. The only negative is its price, but we have to take into consideration that it uses thick aluminum panels, which are expensive.
Pros: Outstanding design and construction quality, Three of the four side panels and the top panels are removed by simply pulling them, Comes with 140 mm fan on the bottom, Air filter for the fan, Vented slot covers, Supports video cards up to 10” (254 mm) long, Supports CPU coolers up to 3.1” (78 mm) ...
Cons: Could have thumbscrews for fastening the expansion cards, Could cost less
SilverStone FT03 Mini Review: We'll Make You Fun Size
8 April 2012
Conclusion: Honestly, you probably already knew whether or not you were interested in the SilverStone FT03 Mini from the moment you looked at it. There are plenty of Mini-ITX cases out there, but none of them look like this one, so what the review is really about is answering questions and determining whether...
Conclusion: The Fortress FT03 is unique, clever and innovative. SilverStone has laid the foundations of a strong mATX concept, and it's only a few tweaks away from realising the full potential of this space-saving tower.
Summary: Aside from the
Mountain Mods U2-UFO Duality chassis
, the SilverStone Fortress FT03 is probably the most unique case I have ever worked with. If you are the type that likes to deviate from the norm, there is a lot for you to like here.
Summary: In our initial review of the FT03 we mentioned that one really has to take advantage of everything it had to offer to get full value out of the case. This includes the use of a tall, tower heatsink to complement the included stock case fans, something we neglected to do the first time around.
Summary: Without a doubt the SilverStone Fortress FT03 raises eyebrows. It also raises important questions about compatibility which spurs the debate over the potential of a build proposed for this case. Limiting a build to micro ATX and below may be an issue some cannot simply overlook.
Pros: Excellent exterior look, Includes three 120 mm fans, Capable of holding extended graphics cards, Cable management cutaways, Hot swap bay, Passive cooling for hot swap hard drive, Small footprint, Adaptability for any build, Two USB3.0 front panel connections, Great brushed aluminum feel, Truly un...
Cons: Limiting mainboard form factor to mATX and below, Slot loading optical drive, Large CPU heatsinks may cause case fan to be removed