I decided I wanted to try something different when the time came to update my desktop so I bought a Silverstone FT01 to do a build with (Mainly I really like the idea of the dual 18cm fans). My components:
Case: Silverstone FT01
CPU: Intel E8400 E0 step (arriving Friday)
Heatsink: Xigmatek HDT-21283 (w/ bolt thru kit)
MB: MSI P45 Platinum
Mem: 4 Gb OCZ
GPU: EVGA GTX 260 core 216
HD: Samsung HD642JJ (640 Gb) (in Smartdrive copper)
PSU: Enermax Modu82 625W
I haven't received the CPU yet so it's not quite ready to boot, but here are some pics:
Thoughts on the FT01:
Overall, it's a very nice case. I haven't plugged it in yet so I can't say if the giant fans are quiet or not. My current case is modified P180 so most of my comparisons are with that.
- The main body of the case is very thick aluminum and feels rock solid.
- Cable routine was much easier than in the P180 because of the ability to put everything in the plane of the motherboard. It's hard to see the depth very well in the pictures (and the lighting stinks) but it's much more organized that the pictures indicate. All of the cables are completely out of the way and generally fairly organized.
- If the positive pressure system that Silverstone advocates really works (2 18cm intake fans), I think cooling should be fantastic. One giant fan blows over the HD and feeds the GPU. The other one blows directly onto the CPU tower and over the NB/SB heat sink.
- No door. OK - this could be more noisy but I hated having to open the door on the P180 to turn the computer on.
- The side panels are ridiculously light compared to the P180 (they do have very soft foam linings but no mass at all).
- The PSU mounting was terrible. There is metal hex grill and a dust guard and the PSU wouldn't fit because they were so thick. I removed the dust guard to get my PSU in the space. Even worse, the hole in the bottom of the case doesn't line up w/ the PSU fan so about a 1/4 of the fan is covered. No idea what there were thinking there.
- Cable routing on the front of the MB could be better. Space in front of the MB is a little tight so if there are connectors at 90 deg to the board, they're a little rough to get connected.
- Power switch is a little small and doesn't feel as high a quality as the P180.
- Dust guards aren't accessible w/o opening the case (and the top one isn't accessible at all).
- Will the aluminum resonate?
- How loud are the 18cm fans?
- Does positive pressure really work?
If anyone cares, I'll take some more pics after I get my CPU and in the daytime when the lighting is better.