Wow! Where do I start? Now in my position I am in love with this chassis. The simplicity of it all and the amount of airflow the chassis offers which delivers temperatures cooler than most mid range mid tower chassis designs. As I said before, there is nothing I could find internally or externally that struck me as odd, or anything that makes you think 'now why did they do that?' - Every component inside and out worked with precision, and is easily removable for complete access inside the chassis. As for the pricing, I am obviously spoiled and had this all delivered to my door to use, so that $425 total pricing is sort of an abstract thought to me. So for the purposes of the rating, I am going to assume you have access to the slim optical drive and already have a PSU that will work in here.
The deconstruction and installation of the components went flawlessly, and even with a few drives installed behind the motherboard I still had plenty of room to wire everything cleanly and not block any of that much needed airflow. Speaking of which, the three fans "tunneling" air throughout the chassis in combination with a standard tower cooler make for a really great setup to keep both the video cards and the CPU very cool. With the angled plates the induction of cool air from the bottom gets forced into the cards, and what passes the cards is then forced into the CPU cooler. Then the CPU cooler practically pushes right into the exhaust fan; hot air doesn't stand a chance inside the FT03. The only place I found airflow at a minimum was behind the motherboard tray, but even here the aluminum door panel rests against the OS drive I installed to passively cool the most active mechanical drive. Of course, with SSDs in use, heat isn't an issue anyways.
While the build is a bit more time consuming than the average build, everything I was given fit like it was meant to be together, and once completed offered a sexy, understated chassis that is one well oiled machine that just wants you to love it once you have had it in your hands. I have had many SFF chassis' from both SilverStone in previous SUGO releases, and Lian Li LAN Box style chassis', and comparatively the FT03 is a bit more expensive than both I mentioned, but it offers way more room, airflow, and is a better fit in any setting, keeping a small footprint. If you are in need of a sweet LAN box, or just don't have the room for a typical tower for your m-ATX build, I strongly suggest you look into this chassis. While in the end, if you have to buy all new components it can get pricey, the stand alone SST-FT03 is worth every drop of the $169.99 Newegg.com price, even with the $20 to ship it. This chassis offers everything you can find in many mid towers, but does it in much better style!
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [The Silverstone SST-FT03B Micro ATX Chassis]
- Page 5 [Inside The Silverstone SST-FT03B Micro ATX Chassis]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [SilverStone "Extras"]
- Page 8 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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