The Exterior of the SilverStone Fortress FT05

In terms of design, one could describe the Fortress FT05 as the exact opposite of the Raven RV05. Where the Raven RV05 sported a complex, extravagant external design, the Fortress FT05 is minimalistic, elegant and very serious. The Raven RV05 was also mostly made of plastic, with the metal parts reduced to just the core of the chassis. On the other hand, the Fortress FT05 lives up to its name, being almost entirely made out of metal. All of the external panels of the case are made of solid 3-5mm thick aluminum, which explains both the rigidity and the hefty price tag as well.

With a volume of just 0.0456 cubic meters, the Fortress FT05 takes significantly less space than the Raven RV05 (0.0638m3, 33% greater volume). It is almost the same size as Corsair's Obsidian 350D (0.0416m3, 9.2% less volume), a case that is limited up to micro ATX motherboards. However, the metallic body makes the Fortress FT05 a very heavy case in relation to its proportions. Aluminum is a lightweight material but not at this volume and thickness. The sample tipped our scale at 9.65kg while completely empty. This may not be excessively heavy for a PC case but, comparatively speaking, the Fortress FT05 is outweighing the majority of similarly sized products.

Decorative mirror stripes can be seen across the lower side and front panels of the case. These obviously are acrylic, not real glass. The only issue is that they will require at least occasional cleaning in order to look as intended.

There are no external 5.25" bays on the Fortress FT05. As a solution for those who need an optical drive, SilverStone added an opening for a slot-loading optical drive (not included with the case). These drives are relatively expensive and can greatly diminish the overall value of the FT05 if an optical drive is a requirement. The opening is covered with a silicon strip and there is no eject button either, forcing the user to eject the disc via software commands if an optical drive is installed.

The front I/O ports and standard buttons are all at the top side of the case, near its front. A door hides the I/O ports: two USB 3.0 ports and two 3.5" audio jacks (headphones, microphone). There are also two simple switches acting as fan controllers. They offer only two settings (High/Low) but they can be rather effective at controlling the stock fans or the fans of the liquid cooler, if one is installed. The rectangular power and reset buttons can be seen at either side of the door. Both buttons are of identical size and shape, so we imagine that the occasional mistake of pressing the reset button instead of the power button and vice versa is bound to happen.

  

Although the Fortress FT05 has virtually no feet at all, with its solid bottom flat on the surface of the desk/floor, all of the air intake process takes place from the bottom of the case. The air enters from the sides of the case, from beneath the mirror stripes. A large dust filter rests in the opening, magnetically attaching at the top. It comes out by simply pulling it from either side of the case but grasping it can be a little tricky at first. 

There is only a large mesh opening at the rear of the case, for the intake fan of the PSU. The rectangular opening at the top is for the cables that need to reach the back of the motherboard and the PSU, which are located to the top of the case due to the rotated tray design.

The top cover of the Fortress FT05 is the only cover of the case that is made out of plastic. It can be removed by simply pushing it towards the rear of the case and then lifting it upwards. The removal of the cover reveals the black steel chassis of the FT05 under a spacious area for routing cables. Device cables (USB, monitor, LAN, etc.) and the power cable enter this area from the opening at the rear side of the case. There is also a 120mm fan opening. There is no fan installed there but SilverStone does provide an extra filter with the case. 

  

Introduction, Packaging & Bundle The Interior of the SilverStone Fortress FT05
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  • maximumGPU - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    i can't decide if i should get this. I'm running an FT02 and it oozes quality, but is getting too large and i have no use for optical drives.
    This looks fantastic, but the extremely cramped space is a turnoff, especially considering i'm running two gpus. Noise is also a big concern for me, and my experience with the AP180 mm fan is that they are definetly not silent, unless you run them at really low speeds.
    My other contender is the H440. Great looks and quiet but alas with much more plastic and inferior cooling.
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  • Boffinboy - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    I have the exact same dilemma! The trend for AIO cooled graphics cards could solve this. Out of interest, what coolers are you running your graphics cards with? Blower or dual fan? Reply
  • maximumGPU - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    dual fan. I know it doesn't sit right witht the vertical cooling, especially in sli, but the new style 0dB coolers are just fantastic when you're not gaming. Reply
  • Boffinboy - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    I know some have the fins in vertical orientation and seem to work OK. I originally had some EVGA ACX-style cards, and the fins were horizontal - they performed terribly. I'm due a graphics upgrade and not sure whether to try SLI with dual-fan cards with vertical fins e.g. MSI. Reply
  • maximumGPU - Saturday, June 6, 2015 - link

    yes i run 2 MSI gaming (980) and the cooling is fine, although i wouldn't say it's fantastic. 1 gpu has a delta T of 45, which isn't too bad. the other runs hotter at 55 with a higher gpu fan speed. Reply
  • Boffinboy - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    Thanks, that's helpful to know for my next upgrade! Reply
  • Samus - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    I've had an FT01 since 2008 and use an FT03 and FT03-mini at work. They ALL ooze quality. It was about time someone dethroned Lian-Li in the aluminum department...

    I'd tried a lot of different cases over the years as I built PC's for friends (and as a MAR member I was getting Windows\Office licenses for education/non-profit super cheap) and other manufactures such as Cooler Master (Praetorian) and Corsair (Obsidian) tried and tried, and while well reviewed, just aren't completely thought-out designs. The quality from many of these manufactures is top notch, especially the aluminum anodizing and finishing, but there is always at least one huge problem. The Praetorian didn't cool well and collected a ton of dust due to many fans, and the Obsidian, especially the high end models like the 800D, just don't look professional enough to put under my desk at work.

    Silverstone (with the exception of the Raven series) look great at home or in the office with very neutral, unoffensive, yet non-traditional\unconventional designs.
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  • der - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    Hmm....
    it's aite
    Reply
  • wurizen - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    This is one of the greatest cases for under $180, in my opinion. I say that because of the construction and the quality. And sure it takes more time to assemble it than a huge case. But, with care and some thinking, which you guys apparently take the time nor care (just look at how you run the cables!)--this case can look very tidy. Even on a corsair AX760 which I use, the cables can be undone, even without removing the HDD case. And, if you wanna make it easire, remove the HDD case. So, your opinion on that is skewed or not correct. Again, there doesn't seem to be care, time and/or sound judgments on this review. Are you guys behind time? Swamped with so many products that your review and the way you assemble this case with a lack of care or tidiness is subpar? Reply
  • wurizen - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    correction! I meant to say, "Which you guys apparently DON'T take the time nor care (just look at how you run the cables!)" Reply

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