The build was virtually flawless. I did have to refer to the manual quite a few times to figure out the finer points of how the chassis is supposed to come apart for installation and adjustment of the fan. This is a compliment to the included instructions as well. When I did run into something that confused me, the manual set me straight every time. Things such as wiring needs to be looked at carefully, as with all the parts such as HDD trays and the PSU and FDD rack, and even the wiring of the PSU aren't the easiest to do. It takes a bit of thought and fiddling around to get it all together, but once everything is in place I do have one "sleeper" of an SFF chassis. When I set that rig on a table, I think people would giggle at first until they found out what was inside.
Speaking of what's inside, I kept the build somewhat simple. A stock clocked E6400 under the passive cooler and just to show that I can, I installed my "furnace" of a graphics card, my XFX GTX 280. Now, realizing things would be a bit warm to begin with, I was really surprised to see what I did with my limited time messing around with the SG04. The GPU stayed well within spec, as the BIOS fan control would ramp to keep things below the 80 degree mark, which my 280 does in any rig under full load. The CPU being passively cooled was a bit more of a shock. The combination of placing the intake fan just above the graphics card pushing air in and the PSU fan pulling air out, I loaded OCCT at a very acceptable 54 degrees.
While the SG04B chassis may not be for everyone, I for one loved the fact that I could stuff all that power into such a tiny chassis. Yes, it looks a bit tight, but in my opinion there is plenty of airflow to keep things under control during long LAN sessions and it can definitely handle day to day use as a HTPC. Pricing of the SG04B, as tested, is in line with cases sold in the mid-tower market, but none are as sleek and surprising as the SilverStone. With an asking price of $149.98 at Newegg, I think you get not only a SFF chassis, but one with room to house some of the meanest LAN rigs and still the SG04B screams of style and sex appeal.
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