SilverStone Sugo SG13B Review
Published: 10th March 2015 | Source: SilverStone | Price: 36.00 |
Bigger isn't always better, not if you're looking for a case that will fit into a small business, home office, living room, bedroom or even dorm room. If that's the case then something small will be infinitely more acceptable. Thing is, it will still need to be able to house sufficient hardware to provide you with all the computing power you require. Certain sacrifices and compromises will have to be made, and it’s how the balance between these compromises is made that will largely determine whether a case is successful or not.
The Sugo SG13B then is a very small case, one of the smallest we've ever looked at here at OC3D measuring in at just 122x181x285mm (WxHxD), it's barely bigger than a shoe box, but is still able to accommodate Standard ATX PSUs up to 150mm, GPUs up to 10.5", up to 3x2.5" drives or a single 3.5" drive and a single 2.5" drive. It's a given that it will only accept the small M-ITX or M-DTX motherboards, but with many great boards available these days that's not really an issue. Having the PSU above the motherboard is however an issue. Granted it does help keep the overall footprint small but does severely limit the max CPU cooler height to just 61mm, this is enough space for a stock cooler or ultra-low profile flower type, but pretty much rules out traditional tower CPU coolers. Silverstone do point out that it is possible to get a either a 120mm or 140mm AIO into the front of the case, and although we're not denying this we are saying that with the PSU cables exiting right where the fan for the AIO will be, and very little in the way of other places to stuff cable lengths aside from this area, the room back there is severely limited and you'll have to be very careful indeed to manage your cables in such a way so as they do not foul the fan. Even with this accomplished, the actual airflow though the cable mass will be quite restricted.
True to the Silverstone brand, the SG13B is very well put together, with a level of build and quality that belies it's really quite astonishing £36 price tag. We've seen cases this cheap before, but rarely do we see them with filters in all the right places, perfect paint finishes and all the panels fitting perfectly. If this case retailed at £50 you'd still be thinking it was value for money.
Access for the build is made easy by the whole roof and side sections being removable as a single piece, with the only real thorn in the cases side being the restricted amount of room set aside for cable management. Although there are no case fans included with the case there are large areas of ventilation on each side as well as the roof and front panels. With a low power HTPC or office build the lack of fans won't be a huge issue, but we'd recommend that if you're planning even a bit of light gaming you do something to improve through case airflow, if only to add a 120mm or 140mm fan to the front of the case.
We talked a lot about compromises in the introduction, wondering where Silverstone were going to make theirs with the SG13B. It turns out that the only real one they've made is leaving very little space for cable management. That aside, the case is a very good deal indeed, and with a decent amount of time spent with cable ties and a sense of adventure even this hurdle can be largely overcome.
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