As SilverStone engineers started working on the third model for the Fortress series, they had contemplated on the future of computer chassis and ways to improve it for home/office integration. So the Fortress FT03's design goal was to simply give back as much user space as possible by reducing chassis depth to unprecedented level.
|Bottom Fan||2x 120mm intake fan, 1200rpm|
|Top Fan||1x 120mm exhaust fan, 1200rpm|
|Optical Bays||1 Slimline Slot Feed Optical Bay|
|3"1/2 Bays||0 External||3 Internal 3"1/2|
|Motherboard||Micro ATX, Mini-ITX, Mini-DTX|
|Power Suppply||ATX, not included. Max Depth 180mm|
|Chassis||Aluminium Outer Shell, Steel Body|
|Port Extensions||USB 3.0||Firewire||Audio||eSATA|
|Extras||Hot Swap Tray Included.|
The engineers also wanted to accomplish the change in design without compromises to the chassis's ability in accommodating upper mainstream components. Traditional computer chassis designs take up desktop room by not only their physical footprint, but they also require additional space for cable connections. With the FT03, there are no such restrictions because its beautiful, 2.5mm thick, sand-blasted and anodized aluminum outer shells have no cable connectors to be found on all four sides, which frees up tremendous amount of desktop real estate for its users.
The interior of the chassis utilizes SilverStone's unique stack effect cooling layout so a Micro-ATX motherboard is mounted in 90 degree rotation to take advantage of hot air's natural tendency to rise. This design also enables the FT03 to support graphics cards that are as long as 13.7 inches without the chassis taking up similar room depth-wise. In addition, the chassis also supports three 3.5" hard drives with one capable of hot-swapping function and one 2.5" drive bay for excellent storage flexibility.