Silverstone Fortress FT02 Revisited

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Our test system consists of an Asus 790GX motherboard, a ZEROtherm FZ120 heatsink with a Nexus 120 mm fan, a WD Caviar hard drive and a Cooler Master 700W modular power supply.

The plastic drive caddy wraps around a 3.5" drive, with screws going through the sides.

2.5" drives can be mounted in the 3.5" bays but there's also a 2.5" drive frame that can be attached to the left side of the 5.25" drive cage.

Four screws secure the PSU from the top. A velcro strap and plastic wedge increase support.

Fully assembled, the FT02 still seems spacious. By our measurements video card clearance is 30.7 cm (12.1 inches) but this can be extended by removing the center fan. CPU heatsink clearance is 17.0 (6.7 inches), not accounting for the thickness of the side panel foam which can be compressed to take up an extra 1~2 mm.

The case doesn't lack for cable tie-down points, but there are a few extra wires, as each fan has a cable to the controller at the top.

Clearance behind the motherboard tray is only 14 mm, not including the side panel foam. This is tight. Fortunately, the side panel mounts by inserting the bottom edge in first then swinging the top edge end inward, making it easy to squish unruly cables together.

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