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SilverStone Fortress SST-FT05B-W Full-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 2:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: SilverStone

SilverStone Fortress SST-FT05B-W Full-Tower Chassis

 

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If not for the reflective strip at the bottom that has yet to reveal its hidden secret, this black tower would look very plain. We like the stepped back sides, and to us it looks very modern and clean, yet still a fair bit art deco in essence.

 

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Right where the top of the chassis and the front panel meet, there is a plastic cover that flips open, exposing the front I/O connectivity and the fan control switches. To either side, you find the power button to the left, and the reset button to the right of the flip open panel.

 

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With the panel closed now, and stepping back just a bit to take it all in, the top of the FT05 is very open and should not impose much on the air flow at all. Of course, to access all of the cables, the center section is removable by sliding it back slightly and lifting the whole thing up, and is also how you gain access to remove the doors.

 

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The left side of the chassis carries on the flat expanse of black, but in this version, it is broken up with the window placed low and to the right of the panel. We also see more of that mirrored striping that runs the length of the chassis, right above the air intake at the bottom.

 

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As we looked a bit closer at the floor of this chassis, we noticed that it has been completely covered with this open celled sound absorbing material. With the 180mm fans just above this, it should keep a fair amount of the noise from making it to the owner's ears.

 

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The back of the chassis offers a large area at the top to allow future cabling to run through it when the build is finished, and we also see a large ventilated area below that. This is to allow the PSU a fresh intake of air. Outside of that, it almost looks the same going forwards or backwards otherwise.

 

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The right side of the chassis, without the window, is a lot more steel to look at. While they could have made it all plain and closed off back here, they keep the mirrored trim, and we see that the ventilation at the bottom is open for more airflow here too.

 

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Since this is not the bottom where the fans are placed, SilverStone decided to use a solid slab of aluminium here as well. There are screws at the front and back of the chassis alluding to the fact that this can come apart, and we also see rubber pads at the corners to sure up the footing.

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