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SilverStone Fortress 2

Thermaltake Level 10 And SilverStone Fortress 2: Contemporary Cases?
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Also available in silver (model FT02S), black with a side window (FT02B-W), and silver with a side window (FT02S-W), the FT02B we test today might be the most appropriate high-end office model, because it doesn’t show off its internal components like so many gaming systems do, but instead quiets them behind an insulated panel.

The real action begins at the rear panel, which, if your desk faces the door, might just be the only angle from which office visitors actually see your PC. Rather than the clutter of cable connectors and slot panels, the Fortress 2 has a filter panel and access hole here. Cables can be neatly bundled before exiting the back of the case for a far more organized appearance.

Lifting the top panel reveals a large part of the Fortress 2’s alternative layout, with all external connections well concealed beneath its mesh.

The power and reset buttons, activity LEDs, and top-panel ports are all found at a fixed portion at the Fortress 2’s top, ahead of its removable panel. Two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone, and headphone jacks are located under a sliding panel, but SilverStone has already done away with the somewhat-dated FireWire port.

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    Silmarunya , 12 April 2010 16:59
    That Silverstone case is without a doubt one of the most impressive products on the market...

    No fancy bling bling or blinding LED lights, excellent performance and a very elegant design. It breaks with most case design conventions in a good way. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd get one ASAP.

    But that Thermaltake level 10 is rather crappy imo. The design is so over the top it loses its attraction and its performance is fairly average (certainly lower than its price tag would justify)...
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    LePhuronn , 12 April 2010 17:01
    I'm so annoyed the FT02 doesn't fit E-ATX boards, although I shouldn't be surprised because internally it's 90% Raven 2 anyway.

    Damn it! What do I build in now? Back to the original Raven I guess...
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    tulx , 12 April 2010 19:43
    SilmarunyaThat Silverstone case is without a doubt one of the most impressive products on the market...No fancy bling bling or blinding LED lights, excellent performance and a very elegant design. It breaks with most case design conventions in a good way. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd get one ASAP.But that Thermaltake level 10 is rather crappy imo. The design is so over the top it loses its attraction and its performance is fairly average (certainly lower than its price tag would justify)...


    I have a Raven 2 from Silverstone and I will never buy a conventional case again. This is just better. Period.
    If you need a good computer case, go for Silverstone. Raven models are somewhat bigger and aimed more at enthusiasts (due to the size, windows and other features), Fortress is a great case for everyone.
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    LePhuronn , 12 April 2010 21:39
    tulxRaven models are somewhat bigger and aimed more at enthusiasts (due to the size, windows and other features), Fortress is a great case for everyone.


    Apart from the external styling and tweaks to the drive bays and fan grills the Raven 2 and Fortress 2 are the same case.
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    tulx , 12 April 2010 22:52
    LePhuronnApart from the external styling and tweaks to the drive bays and fan grills the Raven 2 and Fortress 2 are the same case.


    That's what I meant. Fortress is somewhat more conservative - "No fancy bling bling or blinding LED lights", as Silmarunya said. Raven 2 has one "blinding LED light" and the window could be described as "bling bling". I suppose that's more attractive to a gamer than an office worker. ;-)
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    Anonymous , 12 April 2010 23:13
    my Cm cosmos pure came with more cool stuff i personally prefer it to wither of these cases and it comes in at a lower price so im happy :D  the only thing it doesnt have is hot swap bays but you could fit that after it has plenty of room for everything.
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    LePhuronn , 12 April 2010 23:26
    tulxThat's what I meant.


    Ah I getcha. Personally though even for an office worker the window on the Fortress 2 is sweet, if you get your cable management right.

    Still sulking that I have to get another case now :(  or I could just get a different motherboard. Hmmm

    Rampage III Extreme + Raven RV01
    or
    some ATX board + Fortress FT02
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    chriscornell , 14 April 2010 01:32
    I wish the Level 10 case wasn't so damn expensive. It is by far the coolest looking computercase ever produced. A bit of a behemoth to bring to a LAN-party, but nonetheless worth it for the e-peen factor :) 
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    mi1ez , 14 April 2010 01:42
    When are we going to finally stop using inches to measure PC cases?

    I thought we were at the cutting edge, not using Victorian measurements!
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    devilxc , 15 April 2010 17:59
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    When are we going to finally stop using inches to measure PC cases?


    When the reviews are no longer made for the USA.
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    mi1ez , 20 April 2010 15:58
    Quote:
    Quote:
    When are we going to finally stop using inches to measure PC cases?


    When the reviews are no longer made for the USA.

    When will the USA move out of the dark ages?!
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    plasmastorm , 26 April 2010 19:01
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    When will the USA move out of the dark ages?!


    Answers on a postcard care of Obama.
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    Marcus52 , 13 May 2010 23:37
    Silverstone is not the company it once was, and I think the lack of attention to build component capabilities in the Fortress shows it here. It is pretty much old-school case technology in a pretty, big, expensive package.

    The Thermaltake - now, imo that's a reason to buy a case! Sure, it has it's drawbacks too, and I wouldn't blame a person for hating its looks. Me, I love it, and I love that Thrmaltake made something besides the old standard box. And, it out-performs the Silverstone in every way too.

    From personal experience, speaking as a one-time Silverstone fan who owns several of their products, I'd take my chance on the quality of the Thermaltake sight unseen over the Silverstone these days.

    ;) 
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    Marcus52 , 13 May 2010 23:51
    mi1ezWhen will the USA move out of the dark ages?!


    The fact is, many measurements are international standards but based in the English measurement system, not the metric. For example, want to mount your camera on a tripod? the mount will come with a 1/4"-20 size connector, not a metric size one.

    There is no reason that a meter is the standard unit of measure. Since the old days, it has been re-defined so that we can measure it very precisely - and the English system has been re-defined based on that, so is ultimately just as accurate.

    ;) 
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    mi1ez , 14 May 2010 16:32
    I want millimetres. This is the tech industry and I'm sorry, but 1/8" won't cut it any more. All their factories will manufacture it in mm, so why not market it that way, and review it that way.
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    mi1ez , 28 June 2010 16:50
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