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SilverStone Fortress FT05 90 Degree ATX Full Tower Review

The SilverStone Fortress FT05 is a different take on it successful Raven RV05. SilverStone has gotten rid of the 5.25" drive bays and once again rotated the motherboard 90 degrees so that the IO panel points toward the sky. These two things done in tandem allow SilverStone to produce a much better engineered ATX case.

Introduction

Today we are reviewing a new enthusiast computer case from SilverStone, the Fortress FT05.

The SilverStone Technology name is synonymous with high quality power supplies and innovative computer cases. Founded in 2003, the company offers a complete line of power supplies, coolers, fans, computer cases, and accessories. As most of you know, we have spent a great deal of time with the company's products, mainly its world class power supplies, heatsinks and computer cases. The subject of today's evaluation is the Fortress FT05, the newest case from the folks at SilverStone. We have a few SilverStone cases running in the editors’ offices of HardOCP with the Raven 2 still being one of our favorites.

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SilverStone's Fortress FT05 product page had this to say about the chassis:

The Fortress FT05 represent SilverStone’s continued dedication in improving and reinventing computer chassis design. Similar to the RAVEN RV05, it no longer has any 5.25" drive bay and utilizes SilverStone’s fame 90 degree rotated design. Previous full ATX SilverStone chassis with 90 degree layout often had to compromise on space efficiency due to fixed length of the motherboard in rotated orientation. So the elimination of 5.25" bays solves this issue naturally and enables FT05 to be not only more balanced in proportion but stunning in its design thanks to its thick wrap-around aluminum exterior. With majority of wasted space eliminated, the FT05 is better optimized for components that affect performance the most such as CPU and GPUs.

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The result is an expertly-engineered ATX chassis that is just as capable in terms of compute power and heat dissipation as the first RAVEN chassis, the RV01, but in half the size. Equipped with latest revision Air Penetrator fans that include three speed switches and modern touches such as externally removable filters and tool-less panels, the RV05 has everything that PC enthusiasts could wish for in a compact, high performance computer case that is not only cool and quiet, but also easy to build and maintain. For those not wanting to constantly step up in case size to obtain top-level performance, the RAVEN RV05 is the perfect solution and it may also represent a glimpse into the future of mainstream enthusiasts PC design.

Much like the company did with the Raven RV05, SilverStone has packed all of its most popular features into a chassis half the size of the original RV01. By eliminating wasted space, the company claims that the thermal performance of the Fortress FT05 is as good, if not better than its other chassis in the Fortress line, but it is one of the most beautiful as well.

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Product Packaging

The Fortress FT05 was shipped in its bare product packaging. The box itself is made of double-walled corrugated cardboard with dual staple construction along the seams. The overall measurements are 23"H x 20.5"L x 12"W.

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The front of the package features a hero shot of the case in silver and black, the company logo and a QR code. Both sides of the package have a list of product specifications. The back of the box has a detailed numbered list of features that coincides with an open view of the case. Inside, the case is wrapped in a black fabric bag and held in place by thick styrofoam inserts.

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