Not too many companies have their act together when it comes to sleek, simplistic designs that look elegant, yet are ready to take on anything you can throw at them. There are thankfully a select few, like SilverStone in what they have shown us in the Fortress SST-FT05B-W they sent us to look at. Dimensionally, this is a full-tower chassis, but it feels smaller, almost mid-tower in size, even externally, things seem more compact without much going on to trick the eyes in its design. Simple touches like the satin finish that is neither glossy or matte; it's just right, then trimming the bottom with mirrored strips... classy. Hiding the logo unless the chassis is powered is really cool, too.
Internally, there is just enough room to get any gamer on their way. If you had the need to store a bunch of drives, this is not the chassis for you. While room for two each 3.5 and 2.5" drives, it covers the basics in a chassis with little room for fooling around. While not the typical offering, for those that just cannot go without an optical drive, using the slot-load drive on its side saves room and solves that issue for some. Upon initial inspection of the FT05, we did not have high hopes for the wire management, and overall room for the gear we chose, but we finished the build pleasantly surprised that we were able to get in what we did. Also, even though the wiring isn't "hidden" by design, they are all long enough to hide well enough to be out of view, and were easily tended to and managed behind the tray.
We liked the controllable fans, and even at low, the airflow is impressive and the fans are near silent. These same fans were used in cases like the TJ11, where sound dampening is not addressed in this manner, and that chassis is fairly loud. In the FT05, even with the fans allowed to spin at 1200 RPM, not only does airflow increase to very impressive levels for this chassis, with all of the sound absorbing materials in play, the chassis is just audible a foot away.
When it comes to a full-tower chassis, you can enter the market for around $100 for a fairly appointed chassis. While this SST-FT05B-W will cost almost double that at $184, those $100 solutions start to falter in comparison. You will be hard pressed to find a chassis made of extruded aluminum bits, thick ones at that. One that when gutted, as we did to this chassis, is still rock solid, and does not flex. This chassis shows that SilverStone is taking the Fortress series to a new level of sophistication on the outside, while still being able to offer a super smooth looking design that will indeed fit everything you need.
Oh, and for those thinking of what to take to the next LAN, remove the top and you can lug this chassis around with easy as the thick plastic handles are more than capable of the weight one can put into this chassis. So, while slightly high in pricing, for those looking to dress up the office or living room with a full on gaming or editing machine, SilverStone has a very slick offering with this retro looking SST-FT05B-W.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||94%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: Great airflow without a ton of noise, sleek looking and will add style to any room, sort of retro with technology mixed in, and is solid as a rock. All of which is what the SST-FT05B-W offers and more, and is a chassis you should try for yourself.
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