SilverStone Fortress FT03-MINI Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅20-06-12

As already mentioned, the panels on FT03-Mini are detached by holding onto the panel and firmly pulling away from the chassis, there are no screws holding them on.

With the panels removed a view inside is immediately available. If you haven’t already read, FT03-Mini is compatible with DTX/Mini-ITX only and due to the size this is fairly obvious. Though the inside is quite limited in terms of feature-set (when compared to mATX/ATX) with a form factor like Mini-ITX you are restricted by size anyway; the idea with this platform is to keep things to a minimum and the goal of the system builder is to design as compact a configuration as possible.

A view inside FT03-Mini

All panels removed – great quality and finish

The build quality is as to be expected with SilverStone; very good. The finish on all elements of the interior is exceptionally good.

SilverStone have designed a removable HDD cage to sit directly opposite the motherboard. This cage will accommodate 2x 2.5” drives (SSD) and 1x 3.5” drive. To install a drive the cage must be removed – 6 screws hold it in place.

It will be interesting to see how well cable management can be executed within this chassis since there aren’t many options to place the cables.

HDD cage can house 2.5” and 3.5” drives

In the next section of our review we will be installing our test system inside FT03-Mini.

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