Silverstone FT02, Fortress 2 Premium Case

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We close out our review of the Fortress 2 with a look at the specifications, a quick installation of hardware and our final thoughts on this new chassis.  The specification list summarizes our overview during the unboxing section of this review, and gives a more detailed explanantion of how many and what is included with the FT02.

In the setup portion of this review, we will be using the following hardware to fill the Fortress 2:

  • Intel Core i5 661
  • ASUS P7H55-M Pro
  • Diamond HD 5750
  • Prolimatech Megashadow
  • 3GB Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 2000CL7
  • 300GB Western Digital Velociraptor
  • Gigabyte X58A-UD7 for sizing purposes

For reference, we installed the UD7 motherboard from Gigabyte.  In the picutre below, you can see how much room there is in the Fortress 2 case.  You can see a full X58 setup in our Raven 2 review.  You can also see the 1500W Silverstone ST1500 power supply installed in the FT02, as well.  The only issue we had with installing the ST1500 in this case was that the power cord slot interfered with the bracket supporting the power supply.  You can see what we mean in the second picture below.

Installing the i5 H55 hardware is extremely easy in the FT02.  There is plenty of room for airflow and expandability inside the chasis.  The airflow is supported by the three, huge 180mm fans on the bottom of the case and the single 120mm exhaust fan located at the top of the case.  Like the Raven 2, the three 180mm fans have switches located on top of the case near the 120mm fan that allows you to adjust the fan speed from Low to High.  Cable management mimicks the RV02 as well.

Our experience with the Silverstone Fortress 2 midtower chassis has been wonderful.  We always expect quality and style when working with Silverstone, and the FT02 does not disappoint.  The unibody construction taken from the Temjin TJ-07 and rotated 180 degree motherboard tray from the original Raven case has given us a chasis with class, sophistication and the latest airflow technology from Silverstone.  Quality and craftsmanship is of the highest standard as expected, the only fault we could find being with the PSU bracket and some power supplies.  The new HDD bay is a welcome change from the Raven 2 design.

In case you wondering about clearance and have owned one of the expensive and elusive HD 5970’s, here is a shot of the Fortress 2 with one in it.  Note that you must remove one of the fan covers to give it full clearance, but it does work.

We left out a watercooling segment in this review, because the interior is identical to the Raven 2 excluding the HDD area.  Cooling for the Fortress 2 is on par with what we tested in the Raven 2 as well.  The addition of the sound dampening material may add a degree or two in some cases, so make sure you take that into account if you choose this case for your next build.

If you are in the market for a midtower case, make sure you give the Fortress 2 a thorough look.  It will be well worth your time.  Some of us enthusiasts choose a case to last for years at a time.  This chassis is one of those that, years down the road, you will look back on as one of the best purchases you ever made.

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