Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

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Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

April 6, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product
SilverStone Fortress FT03
microATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$160

SilverStone gave us the well-received Raven RV01/02 and Fortress FT02 cases featuring a rotated motherboard design to take advantage of natural convection and the blower exhaust coolers on many graphics cards. Part of their success was due to sheer size, deep enough to hold multiple 18 cm intake fans blowing outside air over the system components. Ironically, the smaller Fortress FT03 is a more ambitious offering, as it tries to duplicate SilverStone's previous success with the rotated motherboard design, but this time in a more cramped microATX format.


The box.

The FT03 footprint is impressively small for a microATX case, just 0.72 square feet, but it stands 19.2" tall, like many ATX towers. Despite the height, it is not a server case that can hold a plethora of hard drives. With room enough for large tower CPU coolers and the longest modern graphics cards, this is an enthusiast offering.


The Fortress FT03.

Like many of SilverStone's cases, the FT03 is available in both black and silver and boasts all-aluminum construction giving it a sturdy but snazzy futuristic look. This facade is somewhat spoiled by the white plastic covers on the top and left side. They did to keep the sides of the FT03 as uniform as possible with no holes for cables, ports, etc. (all cables being routed either through the top or bottom of the case). There is no eject button for the optical drive bay, just a slit to allow the use of a slot loading drive. Overall, it looks a bit Apple-istic.


Accessories.

Included with the FT03 are a paper manual, a triple headed 3-pin to molex fan adapter (the case ships with three 3-pin fans pre-installed), screws, plastic ties, and a 2.5" drive adapter.

Specifications: Fortress FT03
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-FT03B (black)
SST-FT03S (silver)
Material Aluminum outer shell, steel body
Motherboard Micro ATX, Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bay External Slot loading slim optical drive x 1
Internal 3.5" x 3 * , 2.5" x1
Cooling System Top 1 x 120mm exhaust fan, 1200rpm, 22dBA
1 x 92/80mm optional fan
Bottom 2 x 120mm intake fans, 1200rpm 22dBA
2 x 80mm optional fan slots
Hard Drive Top Aluminum side panel heat conduction
Expansion Slot 4
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply Standard PS2 (ATX)
Expansion Card Compatible up to 13.77” long
Limitation of CPU cooler 167mm
Limitation of PSU up to 180mm deep
Net Weight 6.7kg
Dimension 235mm(W)x487mm(H)x284mm(D)


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