Silverstone Fortress FT04 Review: Improving the Formula?

By on October 1, 2013, 12:21 AM

Silverstone cases are often praised by enthusiasts and HTPC builders alike, and with good reason. Last time we checked one out it was the Fortress FT03, the direct predecessor of the case we are reviewing today. The FT03 was unlike anything we had seen before, receiving TechSpot's Outstanding award as it was able to accommodate full length graphics cards and offered superior cooling performance on a small footprint.

Two years later, the much anticipated Fortress FT04 has made it to market. Upon first glance this latest version looks a lot like the FT01 that was released back in 2008. The FT04 shares similar dimensions to the FT01, with a slight increase in size that we assume simply means it can fit drives and longer graphics cards more comfortably.

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Guest said:

I've been seeing a lot of negative reviews on this case, I think I'll give up on it.

TechSpot needs to expedite the review of new cases.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

You know, im not too familiar with the Silverstone line of cases mostly because I don't know anyone who owns one and ive never heard too much from people about them. I was confused at first as I could not figure out what was so different at first glance of looking at the side window on this case until I realized the motherboard is mounted upside down and on the opposite side as a normal case.

Its an interesting design, though for that price, I feel there are better alternatives when comparing the features. Heck, I love the bitfenix Shinobi Cases (especially that High airflow edition).

Guest said:

Oh yeah. Foam inserts, and a glass window. Not a contradiction there at all

Kidding though, any effort in eliminating noise, is good. Foam is a good choice (remembers his Cosmos fondly), but high quality quiet fans are the best option. I have a Corsair 600T which isn't exactly known for it's silence, but have filled it with quiet fans, and now it's very quiet.

Guest said:

THIS is the kind of case I like, where things are visible from the right side of the case (video cards are upside down, but never was an issue for me, you get to see the pretty pictures stamped all over it).

Guest said:

Transverse mounted ATX cases. Had a Lian Li one time with Intel Q6550 and geforce somethingorother. Nothing but thermal problems.

Be wary of transverse mounted designs, and only use components tested in such a setup. I learned my lesson the hard way.

JC713 JC713 said:

Now that is a snazzy case.

Lionvibez said:

Silverstone makes great HTPC cases I own one.

However for desktop/workstation builds I usually look elsewhere.

Boilerhog146 Boilerhog146 said:

. I was confused at first as I could not figure out what was so different at first glance of looking at the side window on this case until I realized the motherboard is mounted upside down and on the opposite side as a normal case..

Its called a BTX design ,thermaltake and others have provided kit for converting to BTX for years,I'm actually surprised ,its not seen more frequently,I have a thermaltake Kandalf,actually.2 of them which are convertible .my NVidia Edition CM stacker has a removable tray .I think is convertible as well.

the idea is to allow heat from gpu to rise into the HSF ,not sure if it helps temps though , have to ask the op.or find a review on the BTX design,comparing the different designs , Dell even put out a desk top .cookie cutter style in BTX...LMAO ,I spent quite a while at one of those dells ,until I finally figured out ,the other side came off.no window,no marks,cookiecutter,,

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