SilverStone Fortress FT04 Review

Editor: David Mitchelson  Date: 30-10-13   3 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction


Product on Review: Fortress FT04
Manufacturer and Sponsor: SilverStone
Street Price: £186 (At time of review)

It was only a few months ago we were casting our eye over the critically acclaimed Raven Series RV04 and today we are back again with another fourth addition – this time to the Fortress family. SilverStone’s Fortress series has captivated hardware champions for many years and the next chapter is another hot topic within hardware circles too.

Fortress FT04 looks very familiar indeed. Adopting the same chassis as Raven 4, this striking full-tower has some key advantages over its associate. SilverStone have furnished FT04 with premium aluminium front and top panels to deliver a luxury visual appearance and feel. Make no mistake, this case oozes style and finesse. SilverStone appear to have included almost every conceivable feature inside this exciting new case so it’s about time we begin our analysis…



SilverStone’s take on FT04
Superior combination of cooling performance and silence has always been the key for SilverStone Fortress series’ success and the Fortress FT04 has certainly retained this family trait in fine fashion. For the first time in a SilverStone chassis, two Air Penetrator AP182 adjustable fans are included to provide unprecedented volume of air for their size. With uninterrupted airflow design and new HiFlow fan filter that improves flow rate by nearly 40% compared to its predecessor, the FT04 is capable of astonishing cooling performance despite having only two fans. To contain unwanted noise, foam padded interior is retained from previous designs while new rear-angled front vents guides potential leaked noise away from the user.

Although smaller in volume compared to the Fortress FT02, the FT04 can still accommodate up to 11 hard drives and has many nifty features such as CPU and graphic card supporter, removable motherboard tray, and externally accessible fan filter assembly. Wrapping around this technical powerhouse is a stunning one piece-like extruded aluminum front door and top panel finished to the same standard as SilverStone’s premium Temjin series cases. For those looking to upgrade to a chassis with Fortress series’ legendary performance in smaller footprint or a more traditional layout, the FT04 is perfect.


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