Introduction to the SilverStone Fortress FT03 mATX Tower Case
SilverStone has done some amazing things when it comes to PC towers. Just look at the TJ-07 arguably one of the most famous cases of all time. There are just a few cases in the same legendary league this case is in. If I have to add a few other cases to this list it could be the Cooler Master Cosmos, Lian Li V1000 and the Corsair 800D. The TJ-07 with the help of business like MurderMod still have people looking for this case for modding jobs or extreme water cooling set ups.
SilverStone has a real winner with the TJ-07, but they are looking to repeat the success with the Fortress FT03 mATX tower case. The FT03 is nothing like the TJ07 when it comes to a PC case. Yes, the quality and the SilverStone name is stamped on it. It is made of aluminum like the famous case is but that is where it stops. The FT03 is aimed at the individual that wants a stylish case possibly to build a nice HTPC from. Many us of will think of the typical desktop horizontal case when looking for the ideal home theatre system case. The FT03 is just the opposite as it stands upright and proud.
SilverStone’s take on the Fortress FT03
As SilverStone engineers started working on the third model for the Fortress series, they had contemplated on the future of computer chassis and ways to improve it for home/office integration. So the Fortress FT03’s design goal was to simply give back as much user space as possible by reducing chassis depth to unprecedented level. The engineers also wanted to accomplish the change in design without compromises to the chassis’s ability in accommodating upper mainstream components. Traditional computer chassis designs take up desktop room by not only their physical footprint, but they also require additional space for cable connections. With the FT03, there are no such restrictions because its beautiful, 2.5mm thick, sand-blasted and anodized aluminum outer shells have no cable connectors to be found on all four sides, which frees up tremendous amount of desktop real estate for its users.
The interior of the chassis utilizes SilverStone’s unique stack effect cooling layout so a Micro-ATX motherboard is mounted in 90 degree rotation to take advantage of hot air’s natural tendency to rise. This design also enables the FT03 to support graphics cards that are as long as 13.7 inches without the chassis taking up similar room depth-wise. In addition, the chassis also supports three 3.5” hard drives with one capable of hot-swapping function and one 2.5” drive bay for excellent storage flexibility.
For a chassis that may redefine a new design direction for the desktop computer with its revolutionary new proportion and usage model, the Fortress FT03 is simply perfect for anyone looking to build a striking yet fully functional and discreet system.