SilverStone Sugo SG09: SFF microATX Case

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SilverStone Sugo SG09: SFF microATX

December 11, 2012 by Lawrence Lee

Product
SilverStone Sugo SG09
microATX Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$100

SilverStone's Sugo line started off as a series of stylish but compact microATX cases, with the first two models emulating the shoebox design popularized by Shuttle before moving onto more traditional towers with the third and fourth variants. The SG05 and SG06 went back to the shoebox style, leveraging the growing popularity of the mini-ITX form factor. Up to this point they were all conservatively designed, particularly with regard to cooling.

The superb SG07/SG08 took their game to another level, high-end models that offered enthusiast class features in a much sleeker package than clunky towers. The keys to success were a full-sized ATX power supply embedded at the front of the case, a giant fan blowing down from the top, enough room for a reasonably good CPU cooler, and support for long dual slot graphics card. The SG09 follows in this mold, attempting to recreate the same magic with the larger micro-ATX form factor.

Specifications: SilverStone Sugo SG09
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-SG09B (Black)
Material Plastic front panel and steel body
Motherboard Micro-ATX, DTX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bay External 12.7mm/9.5mm slim optical drive x 1
Internal 3.5”x 2 * , 2.5” x 4*
Cooling System Rear 1 x 120mm 1200rpm 22dBA
Side Left:1 x 120mm 1200rpm 22dBA (backward compatible with 92mm) 2 x 80/92mm fan slot
Right:80mm fan slot
Top 180mm Air Penetrator 700/1200rpm, 18/34dBA (backward compatible with 140mm)
Expansion Slot 4
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply Optional standard PS2(ATX) up to 180mm*
Expansion Card Compatible up to 13.3” long, width restriction-5.70"
Limitation of CPU cooler 165mm
Limitation of PSU 180mm
Net Weight 5.3 kg
Dimension 220 mm (W) x 295 mm (H) x 354 mm (D), 23 liters
Extra support two Kensington locks
* If you intend to utilize all hard drive slots, please remove all unused power supply cables. These unused cables may cause problem with the installation. SSDs are highly recommended in place of hard drives.
* Maximum length for PSU is 180mm, we recommend 160mm due to varying connector locations on PSUs and the unique structure of SG09. We do not promise that all retail PSUs on the market can be installed in the SG09. Please refer the guides provided in this manual to select your PSU.

A look at the specifications of reveals some interesting tidbits. A typical SilverStone case has an easily recognizable brush aluminum front bezel that gives it an air of sophistication and quality but the SG09's front panel is made of "cheap" plastic. The case shares some attributes of the smaller SG07 — a front-mounted power supply and slim optical drive bay to reduce the overall height, and a large 180 mm Air Penetrator fan at the top blowing downward. Fan support in general is surprisingly generous with an additional two 120 mm fans on the rear and side and up to three extra 80/92 mm fans can be added. Finally, the CPU cooler clearance is almost the same as a typical tower — all signs point to an even better SFF gaming chassis.


The box.

The case.

If not for the logo at the front, you'd be hard pressed to recognize it as a SilverStone product. Priority has clearly been given to airflow over aesthetics, making the SG09 quite unsightly compared to most Silverstone cases. The front grill has an unusual shape and wide gaps that clash with the honeycomb vents utilized almost everywhere else. The streamlined design of previous Sugo incarnations is gone due to the external dust filters at the top and sides, and a protruding power supply intake vent. Ona more positive note, the SG09 stands less than a foot tall but the accommodations inside aren't too different from a larger case using a more traditional layout.


Accessories.

The goodie bag has quite a few fan accessories including adapters to replace the 180 mm top fan with a 140 mm model, a three-headed 3-pin to molex fan adapter, and a soft adhesive frame to create a duct between an optional 80 x 25 mm fan on the right side and the side panel. There are also spacers and a bracket to facilitate slim optical drive installation, a few cable ties, an internal USB 3.0 to 2.0 adapter, and a set of rubber case feet with adhesive which have to be attached by the user.


The Sugo Pack.

For serious gamers, SilverStone also offers a carrying bag that makes lugging your gear to LAN parties a bit easier. The Sugo Pack is designed to fit every variant of the Sugo line as well as the GD04/GD05, ML03, and FT03/FT03 Mini.


Some room to spare with the SG09 strapped in.

It retails for about US$45 and it's well suited for its purpose. The Sugo Pack is strong, with plenty of padding and numerous compartments for storing keyboards, mice, cables, and other miscellaneous accessories.



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