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Silverstone Tek Aluminum Tower Computer Case FT03B-MINI - Black
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- Super mini footprint design with no cables and vents on four sides
- Ample space for CPU cooling (78mm in height)
- Elevated standoff for motherboard back side components
- Includes 140mm Air Penetrator fan and support entry level liquid cooling
- Support for two 2.5-Inch SSD/hard drives and one 3.5-Inch hard drive
- Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX motherboard & SFX PSU compatible
- Standard-length expansion cards support (10 inches)
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The Fortress FT03 Series
The third-generation Fortress series set a new design direction for the desktop computer with its revolutionary proportions. It is ideal for anyone looking to build a striking yet fully functional and discreet system.
The SilverStone FT03 and FT03-Mini
High performance, minimum deskspace
With the FT03, SilverStone engineers sought to inspire the future of computer cases, with the goal of improving home/office integration. The design goal was simple: give back as much user space as possible by reducing chassis depth to an unprecedented level. The engineers also wanted to accomplish the change in design without compromises to the chassis’s ability to accommodate upper-mainstream components. Here are some key elements of the design:
- Motherboard is mounted in 90 degree rotation
- Unique stack effect cooling takes advantage of hot air’s natural tendency to rise
- Available in both micro-ATX and mini-ITX form factors
- Stylish anodized aluminum exterior
|Dimensions||9.25" (W) x 19.17" (H) x 11.18" (D)||9.25" (W) x 19.17" (H) x 11.18" (D)||7.44" (W) x 15.63" (H) x 9.26" (D)||7.44" (W) x 15.63" (H) x 9.26" (D)|
|Form Factor||Micro ATX||Micro ATX||Mini ITX||Mini ITX|
|Fan Slots||3 x 120mm, 1 x 92mm, 2 x 80mm||3 x 120mm, 1 x 92mm, 2 x 80mm||1 x 140mm||1 x 140mm|
|Included Fans||3 x 120mm||3 x 120mm||1 x 140mm||1 x 140mm|
|Drive Bays||3 x 3.5” (one hot-swappable) , 1 x 2.5”, 1 x 12.7mm slot loading slim optical drive||3 x 3.5” (one hot-swappable) , 1 x 2.5”, 1 x 12.7mm slot loading slim optical drive||1 x 3.5” , 2 x 2.5”, 1 x 12.7mm slot loading slim optical drive||1 x 3.5” , 2 x 2.5”, 1 x 12.7mm slot loading slim optical drive|
|Expansion Card Limit||Four: 13.77" x 6.77"||Four: 13.77" x 6.77"||One: 10" x 5.11"||One: 10" x 5.11"|
|PSU Limit||180mm||180mm||100mm (SFX)||100mm (SFX)|
|CPU Cooler Limit||167mm||167mm||82mm||82mm|
|Exterior Material||Black anodized aluminum||Silver anodized aluminum||Black anodized aluminum||Silver anodized aluminum|
A study in unique design:
The entire shell of the FT03-Mini is constructed of solid aluminum, with all cabling, venting, and controls at the top of the chassis.
The FT03-Mini is cooled by a single bottom-mounted 140mm 'Air Penetrator' intake fan, protected by an ultra-fine mesh filter.
The vertical orientation of the FT03-Mini accommodates dual-slot video cards up to 10", exhausting out the top of the case.
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|Item Dimensions||13.00 x 11.00 x 19.00 inches||14.60 x 7.40 x 14.30 inches||8.74 x 11.22 x 7.13 inches||16.70 x 12.60 x 13.20 inches||16.85 x 8.27 x 18.11 inches|
|Item Weight||12.80 lbs||14.40 lbs||5.44 lbs||14.33 lbs||17.60 lbs|
After releasing the ground breaking Fortress FT03 chassis in 2011, SilverStone engineers took on the challenge of making a smaller version to further increase the appeal of this unique computer form factor. Through intelligent planning and reengineering, the engineers were able to create the FT03-MINI, which improves on the simplistic design of the FT03 while reducing the size by 50%. Using 2.5mm thick, sand-blasted and anodized aluminum outer shells with no cable connectors and vents on all four sides to complement an efficient, organized layout, this chassis helps SilverStone to again set new standards in small form factor computers. The interior of the FT03-MINI utilizes SilverStone's unique stack effect cooling layout so a Mini-ITX motherboard is mounted in 90 degree rotation to take advantage of hot air's natural tendency to rise. The FT03-MINI can accommodate graphic cards up to 10-Inch, support one 3.5-Inch and two 2.5-Inch drives, and even entry-level liquid cooling can be installed to satisfy needs of enthusiasts. As the new small form factor chassis addition to the Fortress series, the FT03-MINI is truly a paradigm.
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-Extremely sturdy chassis construction
-Very nice aluminum body with nearly all exposed surfaces made of aluminum or steel (very little plastic)
-For air cooling, there are less than a handful of cases that can beat this case in terms of component temperatures
-Very quiet, but NOT silent (a lot of people have unrealistic expectations)
-The easily removable dust filters on all intakes make this case extremely easy to maintain
-This is the USB 3.0 Updated version: includes some things that weren't in the first FT-02 cases - standard AP181 fans (no removable fan grill now, so fits a 12in HD5970 graphics card), black sleeving on the fan cables (except for top exhaust fan), HDD drive trays all have 2.5 in mounting holes for ssd's
-Everything else not mentioned here or in the cons section
-Very Heavy, difficult to transport when fully loaded without bear-hugging it (no handles - the price to pay for good looks)
-GPU cooler specific - this case works best with a blower type heatsink, the twin fan designs will fight against the natural airflow of the case (still viable, but not ideal). Heatsinks that with fins that aren't parallel to the case's natural airflow will render the heatsink solution near useless! (excess heat will build up) AKA ASUS direct CU II (gtx 680 version) will not work, but MSI Twin Frozr will be fine.
-Not enough space for 7th expansion slot gpu - most of you won't run into a problem here unless you decide to put a card here; it will run into the hard drive bays.
-Along the same lines, long optical drives will not fit in the top 5.25 bay and the other bays will run into the 7th expansion slot.
-You may need to buy PSU cable extensions as some components like HDD's or graphics cards may be very far away (I had no trouble installing an HDD in the furthest slot and two graphics cards, but it came really close to not reaching).
-Quality control is lacking! - see below
-Top panel is composed of too much plastic, although the exposed parts are steel. The underlying frame is plastic, which makes you feel like you might snap off pins when trying to remove it.
-Metal parts of top panel shields significant amounts of wireless signal from pcie slots or motherboard i/o area ~ 1 bar;DON'T USE SHORT ANTENNAS;ethernet or extended antennas are OK.
-Power/HDD LED is obnoxiously bright. Seriously, the blue light can light up an entire room at night, and can be very annoying when flashing in sleep/hibernate.
-Only one hot swap HDD bay is included - at this price, it should be on all of them.
Quality Control - mine came with a misplaced padding strip on the side panel that was halfway melted off, which also had the consequence of having some of the paint chipped - VERY UNHAPPY ABOUT THIS, although I don't know if it's enough of a justification for RMA or request for another side panel. Honestly, I would have given the case five stars if it weren't for this defect. The front panel i/o audio port was defective with my unit and after contacting Silverstone, they promptly shipped me a replacement panel.
I know it seems like I listed a lot of negatives, but you must remember that many of these are nit-picky so that you can understand all the major/minor flaws. All other aspects of this case are near perfection. If you value a high performance case that has subdued beauty, there really is very little you can chose from.
PSU is hung from four screws and nudged by a small bracket beneath it. It looks more dangerous than it is. Although it is a mid-tower, the case is very deep; make sure this case fits where you intend to put it. Also, this is an air cooling case; water cooling this case present lots of issues with radiator mounting configurations (bottom of the case only). You will sacrifice one or more of the following:
-Securely fastening the radiator and fans to the case
-Fitting a x*180 radiator without running into the motherboard tray
-Getting rid of the dust filters and/or hard drive bays to fit a radiator
Please just stick to air cooling here.
Dust filtering of this system is utterly flawless. Extremely easy to clean. It's easy to accidentally chip a tiny bit of paint when removing the side panels and/or installing new pcie cards.
1. Vertical placement of motherboard puts all connections at top of case instead of back. --No more crawling under and behind a desk to change USB connectors or Video Cards.
2.Three huge 180mm fans along raised bottom of case move massive amounts of air allowing for air cooling. Have been running a Sandy Bridge I72600k overclocked 10 gHz to 44 ghz for over 3 and a half years with a very large heatsink with dual 120mm fans in a push-pull setup in the airstream from the case fans. Have never hit 80 degrees C in a stress test on this CPU running Prime95. If you insist on running the danger of water cooling radiators can be mounted on top of these fans.
3. Can be setup with 5 hot swappable hard drives (Only one set of hot swap cables and additional adaptors may be required)
4. Very little dust accumulation inside box.
5. Can remove most of the dust under big three 180 fans with a Swiffer Duster or similar product without taking case apart and make it so you only have to do major filter cleaning a couple three times a year.
1. Only for use as desktop computer case in a fixed location. Case with system installed weighs @ 40 lbs and does not have handles.
2. Come with only one CP05 hot swap cable, you have to buy 4 additional cables to make the other 4 drive cages hot swappable.
3. If you want to use 2.5" drives (Including SSD's) in hot swappable bays you have to purchase third party converters that have SATA3 plugs in the same position they are on standard 3.5" drives.
4. Have to open case to remove and clean dust filters (easily accessed) from below 180 fans a couple times a year. putting the side back on can be a pain.
This is my first ever Silverstone product and I will say that I am impressed! The build quality on this case is excellent. I was a bit hesitant at first due to the higher price of this case. It was definitely worth it though! The side panels are made of thick aluminum and the finish looks great! I feel it has a very good design and layout as well. ALL of the side panels pop off making it very easy and convenient to access your hardware.
Excellent Build Quality
Nice Finish / Anodized
Well thought out / laid out
Good Cooling / Air Flow
Easy to Access and Maintain
Expensive compared to other offerings, but you do get what you pay for!
This is a very nice iTX case. I am one to always go for something different. This case is unique in its own way and that is one reason that I really like it. When it comes to iTX EVERYONE gets the Corsair 250D, Bitfenix Prodigy, Phanteks Enthoo Evolv, etc. Don't get me wrong, these are excellent cases and I considered these myself. However, I am one who likes to go with something different and more unique. It costed me this time, as this case is almost double the Enthoo Evolv that I almost went with. Every case I have used in the past had a window on it though. Building a PC with this case was a nice change and calmed my OCD a little, just a little though.
Keep in mind, this case is only compatible with SFX PSU's. Do yourself a favor if you can live without the Disc Drive Caddy. Purchase the 500W SFX-L Fully Modular PSU from Silverstone. It has a full 120mm fan, looks soo much nicer than the standard SFX offerings, and really just is much nicer. You will not regret it! (The SFX-L is identical to SFX in Width and Depth. It is just slightly longer as the name signifies) Also, with the way this case is setup and cools the hardware inside of it, it is best to go with a reference design graphics card. (Blower Fan) I installed a PNY GTX 960 4GB and it runs great! This is the ONLY 4GB reference design card currently available. I know others from forums that installed cards with the dual fans / aftermarket cooling and it resulted with not only higher GPU temps, but all around higher temps for everything else in the case.