Silverstone Fortress FT04 Review

Up Close: Stripped

Silverstone Fortress FT04

Up Close:  Stripped

If all the various bits of internal plastic and ironmongery have left you somewhat peeved, feeling that they're cluttering up and ruining the internal looks of an externally clean chassis, then peev no longer not as a few minutes with a screwdriver will have the interior of your FT04 looking as clean and minimalist as the exterior.  First to get the Philips head treatment is the internal drive rack.  Removing this and the 3.5" bay beneath it also reveals additional floor mounts should wish to remove the rack and still keep some storage. 

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Removing the anterior most 3.5" bay affords us a better look at the hot swap mechanism.  With the rest of the cables in the case either coloured or braided it's a shame that Silverstone have left some of these as bare coloured wires.

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We haven't removerd the posterior 3.5" rack but doing so would reveal yet more floor mounts for 2.5" drives, giving four in total.  On an even more positive note, the hideous plastic expansion card support monstrosity can also be removed, although this will take a little patience and a lot of screws.

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With all superfluous knobs and excrescences removed the interior of the FT04 begins to look a lot more pleasing to the eye and to airflow.

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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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