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August 23, 2010 by Lawrence Lee
Silverstone Sugo SG07-B
Modern cube/box style cases like the Silverstone Sugo series owe their basic
design to the popular Shuttle PCs, the first line of SFF machines with the power
of mainstream desktops. For a time they were the only game in town despite their
problems. Though they were hampered by loud FlexATX power supplies and proprietary
motherboards that were expensive to replace, Shuttle barebones systems continued
to be popular because there were no other options. Today the climate of SFF
computing is much different. Thanks to the rising popularity of the mini-ITX
form factor, builders have plenty of options for customizing and building their
own mini-PCs. The hard part is choosing components that result in the desired
balance of size, performance, cooling, and noise.
The newest member of the Sugo family pushes the boundaries of what a mini-ITX
system can be, emphasizing performance over form. 3 inches deeper than its well-received
predecessors, the SG05/06,
the SG07 is something many enthusiasts have been waiting for: a mini-ITX case
big enough to house the fastest, hottest graphics cards on the market. Of course
to drive a high-end GPU, a beefy power supply is required, such as the 600W
80 PLUS Bronze ATX unit Silverstone has managed to cram into it. What's more
the SG07 has the best CPU heatsink clearance we've seen in a mainstream mini-ITX
case, and a simple but potent cooling scheme courtesy of a gigantic 18 cm fan
blowing straight down on the processor and motherboard the out sides. This creates
a positive pressure situation, something for which Silverstone has somewhat
of a fetish.
The SG07 and provided accessories.
The case ships with a manual, a small bag of screws, a power cable, a pair
of strap-ties, and a pair of odd items: a foam disc and plastic cutout. The
two together are used to form a duct for the graphics card fan. The plastic
frame secures to the side panel and the foam ring adheres to it forming a shallow
tunnel between the VGA fan and the outside of the case. This duct is only about
1 cm wide though, so we don't imagine it's particularly effective.
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