SilverStone Fortress FT04 Tower

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The SilverStone Fortress FT04's body is constructed primarily of steel. The exceptions are the door and top panel which are composed of aluminum, and the front bezel which is plastic. It measures 21.9 x 54.6 x 48.2 cm or 8.6 x 21.5 x 19.0 inches (W x H x D) for a total case volume of 57.6 L, considerably smaller than most high-end/enthusiasts cases, including the FT02 which comes in at about 65 L.

We noted some obvious fit and alignment issues on our sample, as you'll see in the photos and captions below. The cause of these atypical (for Silverstone) fit issues appears to be the sheer complexity of the design and its large size. It has more interlocking parts and panels than most, and with the big one-piece front door/fascia, only a tiny misalignment is enough to translate to a fairly visible mis-fit.

The door is impressively thick and lined on the inside with sound-deadening foam, as is much of the case interior. Three magnets secure the door loosely; it swings out with the gentlest of nudges. The plastic bezel surrounds a pair of 5.25 inch bays, two fan control dials, and a large curved fine mesh dust filter servicing twin 18 cm fans.

The fan controller can run the stock fans between 500 and 2000 RPM but the knobs are tiny, making it difficult to fine tune.

USB 3.0 and audio ports and located on the right side with the power and HDD LEDs above it. The bright blue lighting is diffused by small windows at the top of the door so it's not too distracting. Notice the gap between the door and top panel — it doesn't close flush.

On the left side of the bezel are plastic power and reset buttons. They require some effort to depress and oddly springy. You can see from this angle, once again, that the door and top panel don't line up properly.

The left side of the case is a solid panel while a large window can be found on the right. Cases that rely only on front intake fans usually have airflow issues but the huge side intake vents bypass that issue completely. They're also angled toward the rear, directing less noise toward the user. The case has a dull matte finish which doesn't pick up fingerprints as easily as the FT02.

The case features an upside down (compared to the norm) layout so the power supply is located at the top and the CPU area is near the case floor. The rear of the case is well ventilated and if the two monster intake fans are not enough, there's an additional 120 mm exhaust fan placement.

The square rubber case feet at the front are too low. As a result, the door actually scrapes the ground and if you look carefully you can see scuff marks that appeared less than 10 minutes into photographing the case.

We were surprised to see more alignment issues at the bottom of the case. The side panels sit more or less flush with the top of the case but at the bottom, they bulge outward.

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