219mm x 546mm x 482mm
EATX, ATX, mATX, ITX
2 x 5.25”
7 x 3.5”
4 x 2.5”
Front: 2 x 180mm fan ( 2 x SilverStone AP181 included)
Rear: 1 x 120mm fan
2 x USB 3.0
1 x Headphone / Speak
1 x Mic
Removable Motherboard Tray
Removable Drive Cage
Adjustable fan speed via the pre-installed fan controller
CPU cooler support mechanism (up to 165mm in height)
Graphics Card support mechanism (up to 338mm in length)
At the back of the packaging is a labeled diagram of the FT04 with each of the features being described.
The simple yet elegant SilverStone logo at the aluminum front panel, adding the element of premium to the chassis itself.
The front panel has padded foam on it to achieve silencing effect, but opening the front panel also let us noticed some of the design flaws on the chassis itself:
- The magnet isn’t strong enough to hold the front panel’s weight
- The foam is rather soft and will likely tear if not handled properly
- There’s only a hairbreadth between the bottom of the front panel door and the floor, making it very vulnerable to scratch
Now to the bottom of the chassis, we can see the rubber feet of the chassis which are to absorbs the vibration from the moving parts in the chassis.
A closer look reveals that the front rubber feet almost align with the bottom of the front panel door.
The hairbreadth between the floor and the bottom of the front panel door.
Removal and installation for the 5.25″ drive bay cover is a piece of cake.
One thing that we like about the FT04 is that it comes with a pair of knob fan controller for each of the AP181 fans which give better flexibility to adjust fan speed compared to most conventional fan controller that comes with a chassis which only has the option for low (5V), medium (7V) and high (12V).
The fan filter can be removed easily for cleaning.
We really liked the fan filter a lot as it’s by far one of the best filters that we came across. The soft and fine filter is very easy to clean compared to most conventional fan filters which have stiffer properties.
There’s a pair of AP181 fans included as front intake fans.
The fan cables are sleeved as well for easier cable management.
There’s a power supply fan filter located at the top, which is removable as well for easy cleaning.
The top panel can be removed as well by unscrewing both thumb screws securing it, but only after removing both side panels – which is rather frustrating in our opinion.
There’s plenty of space on the top that allows you to hide the majority of the cables that is connected to the power supply, but keeping those cables well hidden in place could be a challenge to those who first came across with such chassis.
There’s padded foam on the top panel as well to reduce the noise coming from inside of the chassis.
The back of the chassis is a high airflow design which can be identified with all the ventilation holes, especially at the PCI expansion slots
The windowed side panel is very favorable to those who wish to showcase their awesome parts.
The inner part of the windowed side panel where the hard drives are located comes with padded foam as well for noise cancellation purposes. The window panel can be removed as well for customization but the screws that are securing the window panel somewhat raised our concern, as direct contact of the screws with the window might produce potential noise due to vibration.
Moving on to the interior of the chassis now, we’re seeing a lot of parts which is rather uncommon in most mainstream chassis we’ve reviewed so far.
Removing the parts inside requires removal of screws from the bottom and removing some screws requires the removal of the front rubber feet as well.
The primary hard drive bay has a CPU cooler support mechanism to reduce the risk of getting your PC bent from the heavy and bulky CPU cooler.
This is something rather new to us, it functions as an air duct to redirect and focus the airflow through each of the holes to your graphics cards, but we can’t really find the necessity of it unless you’re having a crossfire/ SLI setup.
Although there’s no tool-free hard drive bracket from the FT04, a pretty good job we can see here is that the hard drive cage comes with a layer of foam on both sides to absorb vibration from moving parts on a hard drive, eliminating any potential noise that will be generated at this part of the chassis.
Hot swap bay is a very convenient feature that allows easy hard drive swapping but we find it rather different on the FT04. It’s located at the most bottom of the hard drive cage and removing the installed drive is a total pain to us due to its removal direction.
The hot swap bay comes with a strap in which we find it rather annoying and never really liked it, but it can be removed by unscrewing the screw securing the end of the strap.
The bottom of the chassis where 3.5″ hard drive bay and hot swap bay is mounted comes with the noise dampening foams to minimize the noise generated by moving parts inside the hard drive.
The front panel I/O connectors:
- USB 3.0 connector
- Front Audio Jack connector
- HDD & Power LED
- Power & Reset Switch
At the back of the chassis, there’re screws securing the motherboard tray and by unscrewing these screws, you can remove the motherboard tray from the chassis. Although it might be unnecessary for the majority of enthusiasts build, PC modder might find this as a perk to ease up their modding as usually motherboard trays are secured by rivets and proper tools and method is required to remove the rivets.
After removing the screws, the motherboard tray can be removed easily.
The motherboard tray comes with a total of 6 standoff screws installed for easy motherboard installation, cable routing cutouts for cable management and CPU cooler backplate installation.
At the back of the motherboard tray, we can see that there’s a lot cable tie slots which are all located around the cable routing cutout holes, very convenient for cable routing we’d say. Other than that, the cutouts have been flattened for rounded edge to avoid cables getting damaged, very thoughtful of SilverStone.
There’s plenty of space available for cable routing, we’re very sure that even a non-modular power supply can have its cables well hidden with this amount of spaces available.
The cable management that we’ve done.
Everything looks clean and tidy from the front, at least that’s the best we can do with limited resources.
Test Rig Configuration
I7 4770K @4.2GH
ASUS R9 290X Matrix Platinum
ASUS Sabertooth Z87
Corsair Vengeance Pro 4GB X 2
Primary Hard Drive
Crucial M500 120GB
Corsair AX650 80+ Gold Certified PSU
SilverStone Fortress Series FT04
- Without side panel
- With side panel + Maximum fan speed
- With side panel + Medium fan speed
- With side panel + Minimum fan speed
- Great built quality and features
- Excellent high airflow design
- Excellent cable management design
- Front intake fans can be controlled with the fan controllers included
- Comes with a lot of padded foams for noise canceling purpose
- Majority of the parts can be removed for easy cleaning or modding
- Dust filters are removable and very easy to clean
- CPU cooler supporting arm to reduce the risk of ending up with a bent motherboard
- Graphics card supporting arm to reduce the risk of ending up with a bent graphics card
- Hefty price tag
- Bottom of the front panel door has hairbreadth distance to the floor and very easy to scratch against the floor very often
- The front panel cannot be fully closed
- Soft padded foams aren’t durable and can tear easily if not taken care properly
- A lot of screws and almost everything is not tool-free
- Top panel can only be removed after both side panels are removed
- Graphics card supporting arm doesn’t fit well with graphics card with wide shroud – tested on ASUS Radeon R9 290X Matrix Platinum