Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

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EXTERIOR

The FT03 weighs 6.7 kg or 14.7 lb and measures 23.5 x 48.7 x 28.4 cm or 9.3 x 19.2 x 11.2" (W x H x D) making the total case volume approximately 32.5 L. It has a very small footprint but is taller than any mATX tower.


As the motherboard is rotated by 90 degrees, the exhaust fan, I/O shield and most of the cables are located at the top of the case, which is covered with a white plastic grate. This is the most unflattering angle as it could easily be mistaken for a milk crate.


Front audio and USB 3.0 ports are offered, but like most cases, it uses external USB cables rather than internal headers. There's a lever on the right side that for a hotswappable a 3.5" SATA hard drive, but it is difficult to open as there is nothing jutting out to grab on to.

All All cabling is routed through the top, except for the AC power cord which plugs in from underneath. An internal power cable connects it to the power supply with a plastic grill on the side providing access.


The power supply is situated on the case floor next to an angled 120 mm intake fan. Two more 80 mm fans can be used if the 120 mm fan has to be removed to accommodate a long graphics card. A plastic filter covers the bottom, but is easily dislodged due to the weak magnets used to secure it. Brushing your hand up against it when picking up the case is enough to knock it off completely.


The aluminum side panels are removed by simply lifting and pulling them away from the rest of the chassis. A large block of aluminum on the right side makes contact with the hard drive in hotswap bay. It seems overkill to provide extra cooling for a temporary storage device.


The fit of the side panels is far from perfect, with noticeable gaps.



The front panel is attached with rubber tabs. It pulls apart with little effort.



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