SilverStone Fortress FT04 Tower

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Assembling a system in the FT04 is fairly straight forward. Our usual ATX case test system was used: An Asus 790GX motherboard with Phenom II X4 955 CPU cooled by a ZEROtherm FZ120 heatsink with a Nexus 120 mm fan, a WD Caviar hard drive, a Cooler Master 700W modular power supply, and one and/or two Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards (see full system details on the next page).

Our test board secured to the removable motherboard tray.

The drive bay with the backplane doesn't have a proper release mechanism, so SilverStone added a ribbon to pull the drive free.

Our test system with two Radeon HD 4870's installed.

Tidying up the cables was a non-issue.

There is ample space behind the motherboard tray for extra cabling, about 24 mm.

The main drive cage is lined with foam but it's only secured by two screws on the right side and a thumbscrew at the top. There's no frame or rails on the left so it's completely unsupported on that side. Our test drive actually vibrated less when mounted into the hotswap bay underneath.

A plastic bar with adjustable pegs acts as a physical support so longer, heavier graphics cards don't droop down.

In addition to long 3-pin cables, the stock fans have short 2-pin dongles to connect them to the built-in fan controller. This basically means you can't connect any other fans to the controller without modification.

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