We've got our hands on several Silverstone cases lately, with the Raven RV03 being one of our favorites. As the youngest member of the Elite Raven family, the RV03 continued the tradition of using the "stacking effect" in which the internal components are mounted at a 90 degree angle and the "rear" I / O panel is facing up.
Although much of the attention of the enthusiast community has been on the Raven cases, Silverstone offers a variety of cases that rank cheaply among system manufacturers. The company's Fortress series is one example. It consists of a variety of medium-sized high-end enclosures that are constructed from a thick aluminum casing to create a lightweight yet durable chassis.
Silverstone launched its first Fortress series case as the FT01 in late 2008. That ATX case in the middle of the tower was supposed to be a gaming solution that mainly focused on efficient cooling. Silverstone did a great job using positive air pressure; H. With two 180 mm fans with minimal exhaust, forced plenty of air into the housing.
About a year later, Silverstone followed with the FT02 in a completely new design. The redesigned center tower incorporated some aspects that contributed to the success of the Raven RV02 – namely the stack effect design.
The new Fortress FT03 we're reviewing today is unlike anything we've seen before from the series. Unlike its predecessors, this latest iteration is not about an ATX case in the center of the tower, but uses a unique design to take the shape of a compact microATX case.
Given the FT03's size of 487mm (slightly shorter than the RV03), we didn't expect motherboard support to be limited to the mATX form factor. Although the FT03 is quite large, it is 235mm (9.25 ") by 284mm (11.18"), significantly less than the Lian Li Mini Q PC-V354, one of our most popular microATX computer cases.
At $ 170, this latest generation Fortress series case is also much more expensive than the Mini Q PC-V354 and the most expensive microATX case Silverstone has ever made. What makes the FT03 so special? Let's find out …