Conclusion: My experience reviewing the SilverStone Sugo SG08 was a mostly positive one. Mini-ITX cases are never little vacations like Corsair enclosures often are, but SilverStone does enough right with the Sugo SG08 that it's fairly easy to get your head past the usual difficulties. Build quality and aesthetics on the Sugo SG08 are mostly unimpeachable, as is typical for the company.
Summary: Silverstone took the SG07 and evolved it by going all out with the thick aluminum front panel I lovingly call "the slab". This case doesn't just look awesome; its internals also manage to impress. Silverstone has included a 600W PSU with specifications that rival that of their Essential Plus series, which retails for 80 Euros on its own. That brings the price of the chassis down to a much more humane 120 Euros in the grand scheme of things.
Pros: Thick front panel made out of aluminum, Extremely compact, Two expansion slots, Can hold 12.2 inch long graphics card, 2x 2.5 inch and 1x 3.5 inch bays, Slimline ODD bay, 180 mm FDB Air Penetrator fan on the top, 2x USB 3.0, USB 3.0 to 2.0 adapter included, Dust filter on fan, High quality, single rail 600W PSU, Mini-ITX or Mini-DTX compatibility, Positive air pressure system - helps to keep dust out of the system, Reset button in the back
Cons: Fragile anti-vibration rings, Air penetrator fan is audible at full speed, PSU cables hard to hide nicely, Fan switch firmly attached to Air Penetrator, Basic I/O
Excerpt: Yes, Silverstone has cases like the SG05 (SG06) but they can only support a GPU up to nine inches. And you also have the SG07, which can house much longer cards. But Silverstone isn’t one to leave customers without options. Their newest SFF casing is called the SG08. The SG08 can support a GPU up to 12.2 inches long which would include the Nvidia GTX 580. And there is no need to look for a power supply as the SG08 comes with a 600 watt power unit.
Conclusion: SilverStone set out to make the smallest possible mini-ITX computer case they could that could still serve as the basis of a high-performance system. They succeeded, albeit with some design decisions and compromises that make the result possibly less than optimum. Nobody expects a mini ITX case to have the sort of expandability a standard case would, and yet SilverStone manages to fit room for two 2.5" drives, a 3.5" drive, a slim optical drive, and a 600 watt power...
Pros: Included 600W 80 Plus Bronze power supply, Excellent ventilation and airflow management, Power, space, and cooling are more than adequate for any video card (that will physically fit), All air intakes are filtered
Cons: Distressingly thin sheet metal is easy to damage, Power supply cables are far too long for this case, making cable management difficult, No integrated memory card reader, Design for slim optical drive limits your options
Summary: The biggest limiting factor of the mini-ITX form factor is the case since this really dictates how you will ultimately build your system. Of course you can always remove the case from the equation and use something larger, but that would defeat the purpose.
Cooling is a major feature of the Sugo SG08 which might be an overstatement considering that the 180mm fan consumes the entire width of the chassis and covers the entire motherboard.
Pros: Modern GPU Support, Included 80 Plus Bronze PSU, Monster 180mm Cooling, Dual Speed Fan Controller, Thick Aluminum Front Panel
Cons: Limited to use OEM heatsinks, There is nowhere to hide cables, HDDs get no direct cooling
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