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SilverStone Fortress FT01

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Posted April 15, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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Introduction

Back in 2006, SilverStone Technology Co. released the world’s first uni-body chassis with their award winning Temjin TJ07.  The TJ07 was known for unique look which was accomplished by using one single piece of aluminum bent into a U-shape that eliminated joints and holes in the front of the case.   And many an enthusiast chose this chassis due to the holes provided for wire management and the lower HDD drive area where a larger water cooling radiator could be mounted internally.  Unfortunately, it was also prone to dust inside the case, and some reported poor cooling performance for their graphics cards.  But, this is not a review of the TJ07.

More than two years after its introduction, SilverStone decided to create a new product line based on the uni-body design that the TJ07 was famous for.  The first installment in the new Fortress Series of enclosures from SilverStone is the FT01.  From its release in 2008, there has been a lot of controversy around this case, and in some ways rightfully so.  There are many posts scattered throughout the forums of the internet with arguments over the direction of airflow of case fans, and the term “positive air pressure” has been thrown around quite a bit.

What is all this hub-bub about?  What is positive air pressure, and why should you care?  These are just a few of the questions that we will answer today.  But perhaps the most important question is, “Is this just a smaller version of the TJ07, or will it be able to shine on its own without being over shadowed by its design inspiration?”  Let’s find out.

Thank you to our friends at Silverstone for supplying the review sample.

"SilverStone Technology’s philosophy is based on our recognition that merely having innovative expertise within the industry is not enough.  Our objective is to ensure that our expertise is delivered to all products with consistency, in response to user’s needs, and with maximum user satisfaction.  Silverstone Technology thrives on challenges of rapid technological advancements and creating aesthetic stand for the industry."

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