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Silverstone Fortress FT02

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Posted March 11, 2010 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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Without a doubt, SilverStone has a winner on its hands.  Taking parts of the TJ07, FT01, and the Raven designs adds up to one innovative and outstanding case in the Fortress FT02.

While the FT02’s cooling system is based on the Raven RV02 we found SilverStone decided to tone down the somewhat radical appearance for a much more simple design with clean lines that should be aesthetically pleasing to a much wider audience.  As we mentioned in the review, the FT02 will look great sitting on a desk in your home office as it will on any enthusiast or gamers’ desk. There just isn’t anything to dislike about a simple yet elegant chassis and that’s what we have with the FT02.

SilverStone has made a strong case with their “Stack Cooling” and “positive pressure” which was covered in detail during our review.  With the three huge 180mm intake fans providing active cooling with positive pressure you have the natural convection effect exhausting hot air out the top of the case.  All this is made possible with the innovative design of rotating the motherboard 90 degrees thus the cool air blowing through our components and out the top.  Today’s CPU and GPU offerings which are known to produce a great deal of heat will most certainly benefit from this new design technology.

We have to admit, throughout the reviewing process, it was difficult to keep in mind that we were working with a mid-tower case.  The sheer number of features, quality of build and attention to detail makes you think the case is much larger than it actually is.  Keep in mind that while being a mid-tower chassis you will be able to fit some of the E-ATX boards as long as they are less than 11″ wide.

Currently listing for about $235.00 (USD) the Fortress FT02 does command a premium price but as the old saying goes; “you get what you pay for”.

So to answer our question, “What is the SilverStone FT02 all about anyways?” It’s all about finding an enclosure that includes the best features that SilverStone has to offer from their award-winning TJ07, Raven RV02 and the FT01.  And that’s when the Fortress FT02 comes to the forefront.  Standing on its own merits the SilverStone FT02 is one of the very best mid-tower cases you’ll find.

Silverstone Fortress FT02

Our thanks go to Silverstone for providing the FT02 for this review.

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