Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
SilverStone is one of those companies, that when it comes to cases, they like to stick with what they know works. There are many series of cases in their lineup that show this, the Ravens, the Temjin's, the Grandia's, it always seems that SilverStone is finding a new way or new technology to throw into previous designs, allowing them to enhance cases of the past. In our time, we have seen the full evolution of a lot of these cases, and the Fortress series is one of those in which we have followed it for a long time.
With the Fortress cases, they are similar, or have been in the past to what the Raven series offered, just done much cleaner and less aggressively on the outside. As this chassis has grown up, it comes from a more normal looking design with little air flow and the front full of 5.25" bays. While things have gotten more streamlined, and they started to hide bays in the design, we feel this latest evolution of the Fortress chassis is not only an evolution on a solid foundation, but is a chassis that anyone can appreciate.
Keeping the ninety degree motherboard orientation that sets SilverStone apart from a lot of other manufacturers, allows them to have a stack cooling design, where the air works along with convection as the cool air in introduced from the bottom and exits the top of this chassis. Aesthetically, this is almost something from the art deco period of the 20th century, while the whole time also counteracting sounds with absorbent materials used throughout the inside.
If you have always liked the Fortress series of cases, and just have yet to pull the trigger on one, now would be the time to do so. Even if you just crawled out from under a rock and never heard of either SilverStone or the Fortress cases of the past, stop and take notice. Even this early in a review, we can tell that this is a chassis that is well worth a look, as this solid, near silent full-tower chassis offers a look and design you will find nowhere else.
There are a few versions of the SilverStone FT05. The top of the chart shows that there are a total of four variations. You can get this chassis in a natural silver color, and of course in black like we received it. In both versions there is also an option to have a window on the left side or not, of which our chassis has it. The construction uses very thick aluminum at the front and rear, the bottom section is a bit thinner. For the rest of the chassis, there are bits of black ABS plastic, and the top of the chassis as well as the motherboard tray are made of steel. Speaking of the motherboard tray, in this chassis, you will find room for a Micro-ATX, ATX, or SSI-CEB motherboard.
Externally, the only remnant of a drive bay is a rubber cover in a slot load drive bay at the bottom right side of the front panel. Internally, there is room for a pair of 3.5" drives to slide into a small cage at the rear of this chassis. If you desire the use of 2.5" drives, there is also a pair of drive bays behind the motherboard tray to accommodate those. At the top of the chassis, you not only find room for an optional 120mm fan or AIO, this is also where the rear I/O, seven expansion slots, and PSU mounting location are.
To cool this chassis, they have stuck with the tried and true method of using a pair of 180mm AP fans located in the floor of this design, blowing air straight out the top of the chassis. These fans connect via a 3-pin header to power each fan, but also use a line to go to the front I/O panel. Along with the USB 3.0, HD Audio, power and reset button, there is also a pair of three speed switches that control the fans. This requires the use of a SATA power lead as well, but sets the fans to 600 RPM at low, 900 RPM at medium, and when set on high, they will run at 1200 RPM delivering 34dB(A) maximum noise level.
Since this chassis has been out for a bit now, it is quite easy to find, but don't just dump your cash at the first hit you find. Looking at Amazon as we always do, we see a listing with SilverStone Tek as the seller with the pricing set to $230.83 for the version of the chassis you are about to see. However, if you venture over to Newegg, they have the chassis listed at $184.99, needing only $4 more to ship it. While saving near $45 may not mean a whole lot to some, it is enough for us to want to shop around for the best deal to be had. Considering the materials used, how they need to be manufactured, and what this chassis offers both in what fits and how it looks when the build is complete, we really cannot complain about the pricing.
PRICING: You can find the SilverStone Fortress SST-FT05B-W Full-Tower Chassis for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
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