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    Today we will be looking at the Fortress FT02; SilverStone engineers have combined the rigidity of unibody construction of the TJ07 with the unparalleled cooling layout of the RAVEN chassis, adding a hot-swappable hard drive cage and an acoustically-padded interior for maximum versatility resulting with increased structural strength, increased storage capacity, and whisper-quiet operation.



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    great review, kip.

    i wish i had that case lol

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    As you know, I had the following system in mind to have built, BUT an article at THINKCOMPUTERS.ORG on the P183 left me concerned.
    Would this case handle the following build better.
    Thoughts: Cool, Quiet, Clean, GOOD Monitor as some eye problems MidTower as it will sit on Desk. Clean as I am in Las Vegas.

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    Chuck, as you can see in the review and installed pics, this case is outstanding. I would definitely go with this one over the P183. Doc and Kip can chime in here to give their thoughts.

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    Hey Chuck

    This is an air cooling powerhouse. I had my classified board with i7940 in it with room to spare. You can see in the images where two HD5970s were installed. With all three 180 fans on high I can not hear any sound from the case. It is well insulated.

    With the Opticals you mention you wont have a problem but I would suggest that you do not use the top drive bay, it will work but you will find the cabling for the drives is much easier if you use say 2nd and 3rd or 3rd and 4th bays.

    It is a somewhat heavy case but I manage and I am an old man.

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    Really love this case, especially the silver one ...
    Great review kip

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    I hope I can manage it Kip, I am 67. The only thing I didn't like is the CPU Cooler hanging horizontal. Doesn't this put stress on the motherboard? I will have to check on where the SSD would go along with the first WD and maybe a second. Thanks for the suggestion on not using the 1st bay for optical. It would sit on my desk so the lower they are the better anyway.

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    In the accessory pack there is a try for the SSD; it mounts on the left inside of the case. There is an image of the SSD mounted in the review.

    As for the CPU cooler, I would doubt rather it makes any difference with the motherboard rotated 90degrees or not. Same weight on the board in either case.

    The HDD are located in a really nice tool free setup just below the Opiticals and have their own 180mm fan dedicated to their cooling. The case comes with one "Hot Swap" setup but you can order more for around 7.00 each for all the available drive slots.

    Not trying to sell you on the case Chuck just trying to answer your questions.

    I am only 63 now and I figure this is going to be a case for my liftetime. LOL

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    Do the fans in the FT02 connect to the P6X58D so they are controllable from Software?
    The Fans in the Antec P183 do not.

    FORGET THIS and see the next post. SORRY
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    After re-reading the review after only 1 beer, I have some questions answered. What Motherboard did you use in the installation? How would the ASUS P6X58D Premium with the Dark Knight work? Would there be access to the USB 3.0 and Sata 6.0 connections as well as the USB 2.0? I compliment Silverstone on the bottom plate that allows putting this on the floor because of the weight. I have replaced the ANTEC P183 with this case.

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    for the review Stan did the install and took the picture of that then I got the case and did the review. I did install two AMD boards in it playing around.

    It will accommodate the p6X58D without problems, actually it will take E-ATX boards like the classified and the rampage so you will be fine.

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    I still get confused when I read about the case and it says Front I/O Port
    USB2.0 x 2
    Audio x 1
    MIC x 1

    Where are the P6X58D Premium USB 2.0/3.0 etc. functions become available? Do they stick out the top of the case?

    http://www.asus.com/websites/Global/...sr2EqYa_70.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by smduff View Post
    Front I/O ports are externally mounted ports at the front of the case, you would plugin a USB drive or whatever here as well as mic and headphones
    That is nice, but again I ask Where are those items pictured in my reply are located in the case.

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    Thanks for the review and good comments as well.Always like the clean lines and practicality of cases like this. Saw several reviews of this case and it is very highly rated and quality seems top-notch to me.
    What surprised me most is the actual inside dimensions ...its roomier than I thought and the proof is here.

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