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.