The Best PC Case At Computex, from SilverStone
Computex is a show about everything computing, and then some. If you manage to make it to the show, you'll find a host of companies showing off PC chassis of various sizes and configurations.
Despite the ocean of desktop cases at the show however, only one really stood out from the rest: the SilverStone Fortress FT02. It's a silver version of the more beastly looking Raven, but we're giving the nod to the FT02, and an honorable mention to the Raven.
SilverStone has taken the traditional layout of a chassis and turned the motherboard direction vertical, with the backplane facing upwards. SilverStone says that this will allow significantly better air flow as well as heat removing performance of chassis fans. The case takes in air from the bottom, moves it vertically through the case, because hot air rises, and the exhaust flows up and outwards. To assist in this, both the Fortress and Raven employ three massive 180mm fans with high CFM but low RPM rates. This keeps noise to a minimum.
Current generation graphics cards will benefit from the same design.
In the Fortress FT02, SilverStone used its SilentFlux passive radiator to cool the CPU. The direction of the fins on the radiator also compliment the upward direction of airflow in the case. When we put our hand to the radiator, the unit felt merely warm to the touch.
Judging from every other case we've seen at the show, both the SilverStone Fortress and Raven are the best enclosures for both form and function.
The black case you see above, is the SilverStone Raven.