Summary: This is my second itx build and it came together beautifully. The cable management and cooling was excellent with this case. The brackets holding the slim dvd/hdd/ssd have space that is perfect for containing extra cabling or threading cables through to the other side of the case. The only issue I ran into was the water cooler being too large (DVD bracket did not fit on top of the cooler).
Pros: -Easy to remove side panels (no screws!) -Smart airflow design -Useful installation guide -Works great with liquid cooling -Everything feels high quality
Cons: -Challenging to assemble. I had to go back and rearrange cables/pull out components to get things to fit -Not the smallest possible case -DOES NOT FIT CORSAIR H80i WATER COOLER but fits H55 without issue -Best to use Silverstone SFX PSU
Summary: Silverstone has made an interesting case that defies convention. It's good to have stylish alternative in the non-Apple world using mostly typical PC parts (except for the slim slot optical drive).
Summary: wished the silverstone logo was illuminated with el lighting.
Pros: Thick aluminum panels very sturdy, easily removable panels for upgrading components, plenty of room to work in, look is unique.
Cons: The ap vortex type fan from silverstone is quite loud at 1500 rpm. The reset button on top is near the power button, which should of been recessed to prevent accidental reset. The clips holding the panels are a tad too loose doesn't take much effort to pull panels off.
Summary: Installing a EVGA 670 FTW took a little bending of the case to get it in initially but this was an oversite of mine as the Silverstone manual clearly states a max video card length of 9.8" and the 670 FTW is 10". A quick bend back and it would be very difficult to tell it was bent at all. Rig: Silverstone FT03-Mini ASRock Z87E-ITX Intel i7-4770K 2x8GB G.
Pros: Very efficient design for handling heat dissipation. Side panels solid and included fan quiet.
Cons: Not really a con but be sure to follow the instructions when installing components as there is a specific order to follow.
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Darby A., Newegg
25 May 2013
Summary: Not a big thing, but ALL cables use the top plastic grill as a entrance facility -Woulda been nice to have a knockout (or a 2nd back panel with a hole in it?
Pros: So once upon a time, finding handheld instrumentation a bit lacking I found myself wanting to have a garage computer to throw on a cart, with a couple 24"s and some speakers to diagnose vehicles Im working on, flip on some tunes, some videos, doing some packet injection against neighborhood AP's, whatever a guy in a position of having a pimpd out garage could find himself doing with a garage computer... Soo Yea, Nice looking case -Looks & Works well in your garage, or...
Cons: Size (Not necessarily saying this is some huge caveat or anything, but when I got it -I was of the opinion that its ~30% bigger than what the pics n' videos allude to in height) The other thing here is powersupplies... In the description, they make a point of illustrating CPU heatsync as a critical dimension, power supplies also fall into this category if you have the expectation of being able to use this case with either a 3.5" hard drive and/or an optical drive -If ...
Pros: Very durable, heavier than most cases of this form factor but just made well. It looks sleek and puts me in a good mood every time I stare at it. Fits all the hardware I chose for it and was rather easy to put together.
Cons: I wish the reset button wouldn't protrude and would have designed something a bit more recessed, I can confuse the power button for the reset. Not a big deal though. I bought a 350 Seasonic SFX power supply, and it fits in the case, but I had to remove the hard drive bay and couldn't mount my second drive to the bay, so it's just lying/hanging inside the case next to a bunch of cables. I probably should have bought the Silverstone SFX power supply that is modular. I w...
Summary: Overall a great mini itx case though the build will be very tight. Make sure you read the description and get a silverstone SFX form factor PSU or any SFX psu because anything else wont fit. Some people may think this is a way for silverstone to get more money out of you but once you start putting components in the case you will realize an ATX psu would never fit.
Pros: -Very solid construction, only 1 piece on the entire case is plastic which is the top removable vent. -Everything fits as designed. -Fits MOST fullsize cards (will fit a HD 6850 or GTX 460) -Great component placement. -Single case fan keeps noise down. -Metal sides look very nice are not made of cheap painted steel like most cases. - Decent cable management.
Cons: - As with pretty much every case, the instructions could be better and more descriptive.
Summary: In this case I have: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard with an Intel Core i7-3770K, EVGA SuperClocked GTX 680, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133, a Corsair SSD, a Seagate Momentus HDD and a SILVERSTONE ST45SF 450W PSU. Cooled only by one intake fan and the Antec 620 cooler (without its included fan). That GTX 680 is a full size (10 inch) video card. This case is fantastic.
Pros: This is one beautiful case. The design of this case is perfect. I am using an Antec 620 cooler, this case is silent and all components stay very cool.