SilverStone FTZ01: Mini-ITX Fortress

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The assembly process is not too difficult as the modular nature of the case helps alleviate the inherent issues of putting together a system in a cramped space. Installing the video card is the hardest part as the riser card has to go into the slot and the rest of the assembly has to be attached at two different spots. It takes some work to get the fit right with a larger video card and you can't handle it with too much force due to the plastic construction. Cabling can also be an issue, especially when using a CPU heatsink with a wide footprint. To make things a little easier, all the plugs on the motherboard should be connected before mounting the board.

The power supply frame with our 3.5 inch Seagate 2TB SSHD and SilverStone 500W SFX-L power supply screwed in.

Asus Strix GTX 980 secured to the VGA mount.

To prevent the GPU from drooping, a support structure is provided but it doesn't fit properly on our card. The fan shroud is so wide that the portion attached to the mounting bracket can only be fitted near the exposed heatpipe. This same heatpipe prevents the second piece from making a connection. If this is a concern, you may want to use zip-ties to hold it up.

Our test system fully installed. The Noctua NH-L12 heatsink is short enough if the top 120 mm fan is removed (there's a 92 mm fan underneath the fin-stack). The tips of the heatpipes come intimately close to contacting the riser card.

The power supply frame is not flush with the front of the case, creating a gap that can be used for hiding excess cabling. Almost all the wiring will wrap around the PSU.

There is 19 mm of clearance above the NH-L12 so the fan on the top cover is only 4 mm away, and will act as a second CPU fan.

The top fan vent position covers most of the heatsink, so this should be an effective CPU cooling combination.

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