Silverstone's new Fortress FT 05 is a
mid-tower case with a rather unique design, but in line with other
products from the same series. A closer look at the materials used
reveals that Silverstone decided to use high quality plastic as well as solid steel, providing
the enclosure with good stiffness and a solid frame. Apart from that the paint used,
of excellent quality and the attention to detail is always staggering with cases
coming from SilverStone.
The front of the case does not feature any 5.25" slots but does house a
vertical opening for a slot-in optical drive. The top of the case has
been well thought,
which is something we expected from Silverstone's Fortress lineup.
Apart from that there is an eye-catching removable cover allowing
direct access to the ports located on the back shield I/O of your motherboard.
The motherboard has been rotated by 90 degree inside the Fortress FT05
compared to standard ATX cases, but we will talk
about that a little bit later. The top front part of the case also
features a small I/O panel, hidden behind a small sliding door
and includes two USB 3.0 ports as well as a standard audio jacks and two rheobus.
side panels come with a tool-less mechanism and Silverstone uses a pressure system to remove them from the supporting structure.
As you may have noticed
the Fortress FT 05 uses a "chimney" design with fans placed at the bottom
(behind dust filters) and one at the top
part of the case.