SilverStone is a company that I may have not given a completely fair shake to over the last year or so. I tend to look at most cases in the mindset of what I think people are going to want, what I enjoyed working in, and may have cut them off at the ankles not looking deep enough into what is truly being offered in their SFF chassis lineup. I usually come to the basic conclusion that while a tad bit pricey at times, and of course it was a strong and well-built case, but I never really gave props to the engineers for what they were actually trying to accomplish with each design.
As I try to improve things this year for my readers, I want to try to put myself in the shoes of both the engineer trying to solve all of the #firstworldproblems in SFF cases, and try to develop things that are new and eye catching, while redesigning things, that puts the average offerings to shame. At the same time I will still be playing devil's advocate and pointing out any issues or things I believe will warrant your attention.
Anyone who is interested in a SFF chassis has to have seen the various releases on the SUGO series chassis line. What started out as more of a generic cube, moved into taller mini-tower status even sprouting a handle at one point, and for the past four versions SilverStone has returned to the cube design with many improvements made to the series along the way. Things that made the SUGO series so popular since its inception was stylish looks and a very well ventilated chassis. This is something that was never lost through the years, but as things got better for the company, they kept adding new developments and improving the series into the 23 liter capacity chassis we are going to be looking at soon enough.
A new addition to the SUGO series has arrived for me to test and that is the SST-SG09B. The basic concept was to see just how well the engineers at SilverStone were at offering the most ability from this chassis in such confined quarters. While doing this, they still want to offer room for full length video cards, full sized Strider PSUs up to 1000W, and even have room for huge air coolers like the SST-HE02. The issue with this on paper is that the conventional layout won't allow for such things to work out very well.
That in mind, be prepared for a layout that is a bit unusual, but as you install parts and begin to use this tiny SFF chassis, you do find a better appreciation for where the money is going, and why you should have a SilverStone chassis on your desk over some other SFF chassis offerings.