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January 17, 2009 by Lawrence Lee
The SilverStone Raven
featured an innovative design with quiet, yet massive 18cm fans blowing upward
through a motherboard tray rotated by 90 degrees so that airflow would follow
natural convection. It also had an unusual and arguably tacky molded plastic
exterior that put-off many users and increased its physical dimensions. The
second iteration of the Raven (RV02)
was slimmer, shorter and had much more subdued aesthetics as well as an extra
fan and fan controllers. Our single serious quibble was that the revised hard
drive cage barred normal access from inside the case once the motherboard was
mounted, and required the HDD to be pulled out through the front.
The SilverStone Fortress FT02, despite the name and an all-metal chassis, is
essentially identical to the Raven RV02. The main functional difference is that
the hard drive bay has reverted to the RV01 design with drives mounted sideways
using plastic sleds, with optional SATA backplanes at the rear. It also borrows
the dampened side panels of the original Fortress
as well as the sturdy uni-body aluminum frame and understated appearance originated
by the Temjin TJ07.
Another huge carton.
The Fortress FT02B (black) is a large, deep case suitable for
gaming and water-cooling, but its aesthetics seem to target the over 30
crowd, very subdued compared to the conspicuous Raven.
FORTRESS FT02 SPECIFICATIONS
(black + window)
(silver + window)
aluminum unibody frame, 0.8mm steel body
CEB, ATX (maximum 12 x 11), Micro ATX
x 5 , 2.5 x1
x 120mm exhaust, 1200rpm, 19dBA
x 180mm intake fan 700/1000rpm, 18/27dBA
audio x 1
MIC x 1
x optional standard PS2 (ATX)
12 or 12.2 (with fan grill removed)
(W) x 497mm (H) x 616mm (D)
The FT02 is available in four flavors: black/white with or without a side window.
The RV02 is about 1" taller and 1/4" deeper, and 2.5 kilograms lighter
as it has a plastic exterior without any aluminum. The fans inside are the same,
so it should be fairly quiet.
Accessories: manual, screws, strap-ties, tri-fan molex adapter, radiator
mounting brackets, 2.5" drive adapter and power supply strap.
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