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. Even with its small size, you will still find room for up to three hard drives, and space for a 10 inch graphics card.
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 fan, Goes perfectly with the 450W SFX PSU from Silverstone, Mini-ITX or Mini-DTX compatibility, Available in black or silver
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
Excerpt: Although much of the enthusiast community's attention has been focused on the Raven cases, Silverstone offers a vast array of enclosures that rank favorably among system builders. The company's Fortress series is one such example, comprised of a very diverse range of mid-sized high-end cases that are constructed from a thick aluminum body to create a light yet durable chassis.
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. Automatically ruling out larger motherboard designs will be a primary constraint to any build implemented in the FT03.
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 unique design
Cons: Limiting mainboard form factor to mATX and below, Slot loading optical drive, Large CPU heatsinks may cause case fan to be removed
Excerpt: 4 Flares 4 Flares × It would be fair to say that over the past couple of years we’ve seen some very interesting chassis design innovations from Silverstone. They haven’t been afraid to think outside the box and have come up with some very impressive cases in the process. For example, the Silverstone Fortress FT02 and Raven RV02 which both feature vertical airflow designs rather than the more conventional horizontal design.