Silverstone Fortress FT04 Review

Up Close: Exterior Rear and Base

Silverstone Fortress FT04

Up Close:  Exterior Rear and Base

With most tower chassis having the same rear layout, it's refreshing to take a slightly different path.  Aside from the reversed and inverted motherboard dictating the position of the rear I/O the most obvious feature is the roof mounted PSU.

Silverstone Fortress FT04     Silverstone Fortress FT04


Although there's a vent above the PSU, there's no filter (just like the old days).  Not a massive problem as you can still have your PSU with the fan inboard if you choose, as many do with a base mounted PSU.  Beneath the PSU there's a large square mesh area allowing for additional ventilation, sitting as it does beside the 8 vented PCI slots.  At the bottom of the case there's a mount for a 120mm fan.  We think at near £180 it would have been nice to have a fan back here, but as many will change their fans anyway it's not a biggy for us.

Silverstone Fortress FT04     Silverstone Fortress FT04


The case sits on four large rubber capped feet, some of which have additional holes in for long reach screwdrivers to access the various screws that retain the internal components of the case.  We'll look at this in a bit more detail when we get inside.

Silverstone Fortress FT04     Silverstone Fortress FT04  

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Most Recent Comments

03-02-2014, 07:17:59

Will read later mate, looks huge, was hoping it'd be a nice small case!Quote

03-02-2014, 07:18:38

Originally Posted by You_What? View Post
Will read later mate, looks huge, was hoping it'd be a nice small case!
Gary wrote it dude - its the same size as the RV04 though so not small Quote

03-02-2014, 15:57:48

Not my cup of tea, seems overpriced at £180, especially with the lack of tool-less drive bays and grommets and the top mounted power supply, which I thought had finally been eradicated in cases. Looks nice on the outside though Quote

03-02-2014, 16:01:50

Really liked the case at first until I saw the scissor jack!?! Could probably drop £20 from the price if they took it out, only gripe I have and am yet to see in cases is the ability to flip the motherboard tray and IO panel round...Quote

03-02-2014, 18:24:37

I'm not feeling this new, more plasticy trend silverstone is going with. I own the Fortress FT02 and it's glorious.

I'm also really not liking the motherboard orientation. The 90 degree roll was what made these things special.Quote

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