SilverStone's Fortress FT05 Has 90-Degree Rotated Motherboard

When SilverStone introduced its Raven RV05 case, the company brought a chassis to the table that has room for plenty of hardware in a relatively compact form factor. The company accomplished this by removing the 5.25" optical drive bay and rotating the motherboard by 90 degrees, but the catch was that it had the Raven styling cues, which doesn't suit everyone's fancy.

Now, the company has announced its Fortress FT05 enclosure, which features a similar layout but a modern, sleek design.

Inside the case you'll be able to fit an ATX motherboard, graphics cards up to 312 mm long, CPU coolers up to 162 mm tall, two 3.5" drives, two more 2.5" drives, and lastly, a slim slot-loading optical drive.

Cooling also follows the Raven RV05 design, where the bottom of the case holds two 180 mm Air Penetrator fans that can spin at speeds between 600 RPM and 1200 RPM while making between 17 to 34 dBA of noise. The top of the case has a single 120 mm fan mount. Because of this, airflow in the case is very simple – it goes straight from bottom to top, and that's it. More isn't needed by today's efficient systems, anyway.

Two USB 3.0 ports and the usual pair of HD audio jacks handle front I/O connectivity.

The case measures 221 x 483 x 427 mm and has an internal capacity of 46 liters, which is relatively compact for an ATX chassis.

SilverStone priced the Fortress FT05 at $186.36 with availability slated for October 20. It will be available in black and white.

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  • vagrantsoul
    Love the looks, but the one item that sways me time and time again is the cost and PITA of finding slim, slot-loading optical drives for a worthwhile cost.

    maybe just mount a slim drive slightly out of sight instead?

    I could be totally wrong in my thoughts.
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  • SkyBill40
    Love the looks, but the one item that sways me time and time again is the cost and PITA of finding slim, slot-loading optical drives for a worthwhile cost.

    maybe just mount a slim drive slightly out of sight instead?

    I could be totally wrong in my thoughts.


    Though I've never really looked for a slim drive, it appears that the pickings are just as slim and far more expensive by comparison to their chunkier kin. I like the idea of a relatively slim case like this and if I were in the market for one, I'd be worth a hard look. I'd have to get a new cooler though as my CM V6GT would have zero chance of fitting in that thing.
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  • redgarl
    I was waiting for that since the month of may... until I got an R2 XL... I don't regret skipping on this.
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  • naesmac
    Oct 20th? I've had it for over a week... http://cdn.overclock.net/a/a9/a92bb7cc_D4A_3511.jpeg

    Case is sweet but EXTREMELY tight and hard to wire up.
    Reply
  • naesmac
    ... also, it comes in black or silver (not white).
    Reply
  • tomfreak
    deleted miss posting
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  • voodoochicken
    Link is to FT05, not previous Raven RV05

    Also, for those looking for slim drives, you can usually pick up a used laptop drive cheap. Might need an adaptor, I needed one for a mini case awhile back.
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  • vmem
    Received mine today, availability is NOT 20th. they're already in stock at performance pcs :)

    and I'll agree with the general comments, it's a bit over-priced, but still a beautiful case. now I'm gonna go back to taking my time building a custom-loop in it with EK's new dual 180mm rad :D
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  • The3monitors
    I love the looks of this case. But (and this is one big but) hard drives. I have 3 hd's in my current case I can fit 4 more ssd's along with the 2 I have in it already. Cmon give me a rack that will be of value.
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  • balister
    Love the looks, but the one item that sways me time and time again is the cost and PITA of finding slim, slot-loading optical drives for a worthwhile cost.

    maybe just mount a slim drive slightly out of sight instead?

    I could be totally wrong in my thoughts.

    Actually, the best way to get slim ODs is to buy an external slim OD, remove it from the external enclosure and get a slim adapter cable.
    Reply