SilverStone Fortress FT04 Detailed, Goes On Sale

@ 2013/07/24
SilverStone's next-generation Fortress chassis, the FT04, is now available from Newegg for US $229. Attempting to warrant that price, this swanky new ATX full-tower from SilverStone comes in two variants, windowed and solid side-panel, each in two color trims - black and silver. The FT04 features the same inward-curved design scheme introduced by Raven RV04, and followed up by the new Raven Mini-ITX. Measuring 219mm (W) x 546mm (H) x 482mm (D), it weighs 11.5 kg. Steel makes up its framework, rear- and side-panels; while aluminum makes up its front door, and top-panel. The windowed variants use clear acrylic.

True to its lineage, Fortress FT04 keeps a focus on noise-dampening, features, and an odd motherboard orientation. In its case, the motherboard tray is oriented bottomside up (BTX-like). In addition to common ATX motherboard types, the tray can seat EATX, SSI-EEB, and SSI-CEB motherboards, which will come handy if you opt for a dual-socket workstation motherboard. The case has enough volume for add-on cards 33.7 cm long, and 17 cm tall; and CPU coolers 16.5 cm tall. A stabilizing beam works to minimize PCB bending of add-on cards. The case offers room for two 5.25-inch drives, seven 3.5-inch ones (from which two are hot-swap capable), and four 2.5-inch ones. Ventilation includes a pair of SilverStone AP182 (180 mm) front intakes building positive air-pressure inside, and provision for a 120 mm rear exhaust.

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