Summary: The SilverStone SG05-450 has been a lot of fun to work with and has managed to surprise me on a few different levels.
The first thing that stands out, aside from the tiny footprint, is the fully painted chassis. Unpainted steel interiors scream cheapness and I'm glad to see that SilverStone went the extra mile to lay paint on the inside of this case.
And speaking of the small footprint, there is actually a good bit of room to work with inside the case.
Conclusion: Now as new, more powerful mini-ITX sized motherboards are released, we may see some more demand for small cases, with powerful powersupplies and enough room for some serious hardware. SilverStone seems to be at the forefront on this section of cases, as they actually have two different variants of this case, in addition to the color variants.
Pros: Clean and simple design, Gives the possibility to a compact, but powerful system, Good ventilation, Good powersupply
Cons: Flimsy build of the case, The recommendable 90-degree SATA-cable not bundled, Possible noise due to large ventilation holes, Gray base-color
Conclusion: The Silverstone SUGO SG05 is an impressive little case. Usually you have to compromise a lot if you do not want a big case but in this case it is fully possible to put in good performance components.
Summary: The Silverstone SG05 and SG06 are welcome additions to the slowly expanding range of mini-ITX cases for DIY system builders. This is a sector that was once served by industrial/commercial case suppliers, complete SFF PCs from specialized vendors, or barebones SFF PCs, popularized by Shuttle. There are still very few well designed mini-ITX cases, and these Silverstones are among the best available today.
Excerpt: The introduction of Mini, Nano, and Pico ATX motherboards have given consumers the power of a desktop PC in the palm of their hands. As the size of desktop PCs shrink, case vendors are designing Small Form Factor enclosures to house these tiny marvels. These board’s small dimensions bring new challenges that weren’t really an issue back in the days of full ATX systems.
Excerpt: Bigger isn’t always better. This is especially true when it has to do with a computer that may need to be transported or might have to fit inconspicuously in an area with limited space. A few great examples of these situations would be a LAN Party system where having a powerful and easy to carry system would be beneficial.
Conclusion: Despite the efforts of companies like AOpen and Shuttle, the small form factor (SFF) PC segment has never really taken off in a big way - at least in the DIY market. Big OEM vendors like HP and Dell have had some success selling small desktop systems but these are pre-built ones that differ from the customization offered by SFF models targeted at enthusiasts.
Excerpt: Met het beschikbaar komen van steeds meer leuke klein formaat moederborden, worden ook mini-ITX behuizingen interessanter. Voor een home server of een mediacenter of voor bij de TV: klein kan best fijn zijn.