SilverStone Fortress FT05 90 Degree ATX Full Tower Review @ [H]

Discussion in 'Cases & Case Modding' started by FrgMstr, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. Semantics

    Semantics 2[H]4U

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    Got the case, like it but yeah cable management is quite something...a little more room behind the mobo tray would fix many of the difficulties. The case really doesn't have room for more than 1 spinning hdd the cage really gets in the way of the psu.

    Right angle connectors for sata drives which is all i have form my psu was probably the most frustrating thing and should be a consideration in psu choice with this case.

    Only other thing i'd change is maybe shave down the height a bit at the top where the handles and cables go feels like it's unnecessarily tall, feels like the handles and top section could be cut in half and be more than enough room.

    Do love the case though, the filters is a bit plus for me that i can just remove them without having to take things apart. Just felt like i was working in a mini/micro atx case working cables instead of a mid-atx which wasn't surprising just felt like it didn't have to be so because you'd want to avoid laying cables in the path of those nice 180mm fans.
     
  2. Quartz-1

    Quartz-1 [H]ardness Supreme

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    I couldn't manage to put the ATX and GPU cables behind the motherboard tray, but they're clamped to the front and because the fans are 180mm the cables don't interfere much at all.

    IMHO the FT05 has two major design mistakes: firstly the PSU should be on the other side of the motherboard, as with the FT02, and secondly there should be about 1cm extra room behind the motherboard tray so cables can be easily routed.

    The reason for moving the PSU is improved cabling for the ATX power and the 8-pin CPU power cables, particularly the latter. Right now the CPU power cable stretches right across the back of the motherboard, and is impossible to change without removing the motherboard.

    Edit: I've just thought of another good reason for moving the PSU back: the USB and other connectors on the motherboard are generally on that side of the motherboard, so you'd save more cables stretching across the back of the motherboard.
     
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  3. Compddd

    Compddd [H]ard|Gawd

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    Is it worth installing a 120 exhaust fan on the top of the FT05?
     
  4. FrgMstr

    FrgMstr Just Plain Mean Staff Member

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    I actually put a 140mm CPU Rad in the top of mine with Push/Pull. Any exhaust on the top is GREAT in that case.
     
  5. Compddd

    Compddd [H]ard|Gawd

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    Thanks for the reply Kyle! Would an exhaust fan help with GPU temps? My 2080 Ti gets up to 80C during gaming in my FT05.
     
  6. FrgMstr

    FrgMstr Just Plain Mean Staff Member

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    I would suggest yes, as those cards do radiate a good bit of heat. I just got rid of my Silverstone Fortress case, but when I gamed, I made sure to switch the bottom fans to high in order to keep it cool as possible.
     
  7. Compddd

    Compddd [H]ard|Gawd

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    I replaced the Silverstone 180 fans because they were making grinding noise with two Noctua 140 PWM fans and have them linked to GPU temp with Argus Monitor, it works really well so far! I wish Silverstone made 180 PWM fans though.
     
  8. Chris_B

    Chris_B [H]ardness Supreme

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    The fortress series are more designed for blower style cards, dual or triple fan cards the heat tends to circulate in the case more. In the manual of my ft02 there was a little diagram showing that blower cards were the preferred ones for the vertical cases.

    My pos 7990 routinely hit 95c plus..though it did that even in other cases as the cooler was totally inadequate for the non binned chips they started using on it after a while.

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  9. FrgMstr

    FrgMstr Just Plain Mean Staff Member

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    Uhh, that goes for just about every ATX case built in the world, it is hardly specific to Fortress cases.
     
  10. FrgMstr

    FrgMstr Just Plain Mean Staff Member

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    So your suggestion is that cases other than the Fortress cases magically exhaust heat better? Please explain.

    The entire idea around the design of the Fortress cases was simple to use exhaust the heat from the case where it will migrate to naturally.
     
  11. Compddd

    Compddd [H]ard|Gawd

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    Kyle is correct, these Fortress and Raven cases are champs at cooling pretty much any type of video card due to the vertical design and airflow.
     
  12. FrgMstr

    FrgMstr Just Plain Mean Staff Member

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    Radiator space.
     
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  13. DoubleTap

    DoubleTap [H]ard|Gawd

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    It could have more to do with heat pipe orientation than the case. I know at least some of the Arctic coolers tell you they don't work very well in the vertical orientation.
     
  14. Compddd

    Compddd [H]ard|Gawd

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    I know the manual says max CPU cooler height is 162MM but would a Noctua 165MM tower work? Anyone fit a larger than 162MM tower in this case?
     
  15. Tony Ou

    Tony Ou SilverStone Tech Representative

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    If you have solid side panel, then you should be OK. But if you have the window version, that 165mm cooler will end up touching/pressing against the side window.