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Cons Little room behind DVD drive, some of the PSU cables are too long
Summary Very nice case, but you'll need a slimline SATA -> SATA cable adapter to hook up your DVD drive (alternatively you can buy Silverstone's grossly overpriced slimline DVD drive, which comes with one).
This adapter won't fit: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=45958&vpn=SLSATAADAP&manufacture=Startech%2Ecom
It will hit the case's ceiling fan once you plug the SATA/power cables into it.
What you need is something like this: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=36072&vpn=SLSATAF20&manufacture=Startech%2Ecom
Decent amount of height for the cpu cooler (you don't necessarily need a low profile cooler, indicates it can fit up to 117mm)
Dust filters (large removal filter on the top-down intake fan, one below for the PSU intake, and one circular filter you can attach anywhere on the side vents above the video card fan)
Top intake gives good CPU and mobo cooling
Fairly quiet on low fan speed (intake fan is 3 pin to be controlled by mobo, and also has 2 speed fan controller on the back).
Looks good, nice finish
Cons Cable management is a nightmare, especially if you have a video card (PSU is non-modular, though cables are netted)
USB 2.0 front
Video card cooling is problematic
Video card sizes are limited (LENGTH accommodation is good, but there is almost zero HEIGHT tolerance. Basically, if the height of the card extends beyond the height of it's back bracket, it will not fit.
Must use right-angle SATA cables for 2.5in drives
Must use slim disk drive
Summary MY BUILD:
X3 700e 65w Scythe Big Shuriken CPU cooler Asus m4a88t-i Diamond Radeon 5770 One SSD and on HDD, both 2.5in
This is a good case but there are some major restrictions beyond the obvious that you need to be aware of. The major problem area is the video card, regarding both cooling and size limitations.
First of all, the issue of cooling is handled very well in this case, but only for the CPU and motherboard. The case employs positive air pressure from the large intake fan directly above, and it offers good airflow.
The video card is another story entirely. Diamond Radeon 5770 was overheating in this case. Much has been made about this case's ability to handle full length cards like the 5870/6870, and this is true, but that is primarily because these cards use "blower" type coolers where the fan is situated all the way at the end of the card, blowing all the hot air out the back.
An enclosed, blower style cooler that exhausts air out the back is perfect for this case, but if your card has a centrally mounted fan (has the majority of them do) that also blows air inside the case, you will likely have heating issues. Unfortunately my 5770 had this type of central fan, rather than the blower style that older 5770's used.
The other issue is the height of the card: The edge of the top intake fan sits directly above the video card, so if the video card is higher than its back bracket, it will be difficult to install the fan unless you bend the card slightly outward to allow the fan to sit properly and be screwed in. However this then causes the back brackets not to align straight and will then prevent the bracket lock at the back of the case from being screwed in. Those common Asus cards with the heatpipes extending above the top of the card look like they will not fit in this case. My 5770 was only slightly taller than the bracket and I had this problem.
So with video cards, the conclusion is use an enclosed blower style cooler with the fan blowing air out the back only, and no heat-pipes extending beyond the top, and is not more than 2 slots big.
This will work: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57704&vpn=6970PE52G&manufacture=Diamond
This will be a problem (this one is similar to mine): http://ncix.com/products/?sku=55541&vpn=11163-13-20R&manufacture=SAPPHIRE
Make sure to use right-angle sata cables for the 2.5 drives. The drives extend almost to the edge of the case, and are oriented with the backs facing the side of the case, and unless you have right-angle cables, you won't be able to put the case cover back on.
This is probably the best mini-itx case out there right now, but these restrictions are important to know, especially for the video card; more so since Silverstone makes a big deal about how the case can accommodate powerful, full-sized cards: it can, so long as you know the caveats I outlined above.
Summary The MSI cyclone line of video cards will be a VERY TOUGH fit. I just got mine in with a lot of fiddling and if I have to remove it it's going to be hard. The Cyclone cooler is too tall for the case. It BARELY clears when you have it installed, but the problem is getting the video card into the PCI-E slot, the rear panel outputs lined up, and clearing the crossbar in the case to install is a monumental feat.
Pros Best Chassis found so far for PC gamers who are willing to pay a premium for space and portability without sacrificing performance.
PSU cables are too long and are non-modular. I end up with a bundle of PSU cables with no place to go and end up right over the motherboard severely hindering air flow. I will have to mod the cables for sure.
PSU is not quite replaceable. I initially bought a Seasonic X650 Gold as a replacement for the PSU only to find out that it's too long. Then I tried to replace it with an Enermax Modu82+ only to find that it rubs on the USB port cables the wrong way and wouldn't fit properly. I had no choice but to use the default PSU. So if you are going to replace the default PSU, pay attention to the exact dimension and make sure it'll fit alright.
Doesn't provide the special adapter to be used with the slim DVD drive.
Summary My girlfriend can't believe I spend over $200 for what she sees as a shoebox. It is an expensive chassis for the amount of material you would get in return. However, you can tell that Silverstone put alot of time into designing it so think of it as paying for a great design and manufacturing.
Improved features from the Sugo05 are that there is now greater clearance for taller heatsinks and the PSU have been upgraded to 600W. There is also room for an additional 2.5in drive. All in one liquid based heatsinks like the H50 are now installable without modding.
The manufacturing quality is a huge step up from the Sugo05. The top cover no longer forms an unsightly bulge and the slim DVD drive actually fits perfectly. The interior is now painted black.
The only downside to the case is definitely the PSU. The entire PSU and the PSU compartment felt like an afterthought to a superb chassis.
First of all, it adds an unnecessary premium on top of an already expensive case.
Secondly, the type of gamers willing to pay the kind of money for this chassis will definitely want to replace it with a PSU of their choice, which is not quite doable for this case. Some premium PSUs will be too long while other PSU might simply not fit properly.
finally, even though there is enough outlets for all the parts that can go possibly go into this case, the cables themselves are too long and the left over cables end up impeding airflow.
However, thankfully the PSU is made by a great OEM and that it is also very quiet.
It is such a shame that such a quality case would miss the 5 star rating it deserves due to the PSU. Hopefully it is a problem that'll be solved for the next iteration.
The Sugo SG07, with a size that slots in between the venerable SG01 Micro-ATX SFF case from 2005 and the SG05, a powerful Mini-ITX case released in 2009, was designed to take the Mini-ITX platform to a whole new level. It is twice as powerful as the SG05 but only 37% bigger. Its custom 600W power supply, which is rated up to 50?with 80 PLUS Bronze level efficiency and single +12V rail, was carefully chosen and optimized for SG07. Exhaustive testing was conducted to create unique VGA fan duct and exhaust vents that enable SG07 to not only accommodate the longest consumer graphics cards physically (up to 12.2 inches/310mm) but also capable of supporting graphics thermal profile of up to 400W through overclocking. For the CPU and motherboard area, a record-breaking use of 180mm fan (bigger than the Mini-ITX motherboard!) with vortex generating design was utilized to provide possibility of fanless CPU cooling of up to 95W (via CPU cooler such as SilverStone’s NT06-E). But despite having tremendous amount of cooling performance, the SG07 is easy to maintain as well. It employs positive pressure layout with all intake areas fitted with removable filters so dust will not accumulate inside. If the goal is to make the ultimate Mini-ITX system, the SG07 is hard to beat.
Class leading SFF chassis with 180mm fan and positive pressure cooling Ample space for CPU cooling (117mm in height) Elevated standoff for motherboard back side components Support for two 2.5” SSD/hard drives and one 3.5” hard drive Includes 80 PLUS Bronze certified 600W@50? PSU with single +12V rail Adjustable VGA fan duct for improved cooling efficiency Removable fan filters included for case fan, PSU, and VGA duct Support graphics cards up to 12.2 inches and 400W
AMD Radeon HD 5970 – 12.2" AMD Radeon HD 5870 – 11" NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 – 10.5" (how to install GTX 480?) AMD Radeon HD 5850 – 9.5" NVIDIA GeForce GTX470 – 9.5"
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