CES 2007 Coverage: SilverStone
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Keith Hamilton
Date: 01-14-2007
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SilverStone was founded in 2003 and has earned a very respectable reputation in the past few years. Perhaps most known for their line of ATX and HTPC cases, SilverStone also makes some great high-end power supplies and cooling solutions. We stopped by the SilverStone booth and met with Tony Ou who gave us the complete rundown of what's out now and what to expect in 2007.



SilverStone had their TJ07 aluminum case on display, sporting a flashy flame paint job nearly identical to that on the Shuttle case we saw at CoolIT's booth. The TJ07 has been out for a while, but many people are probably not aware of the incredible complexity it takes to manufacture this case. The main structure for the TJ07 is crafted from a solid extruded aluminum panel measuring 5.3 feet in length and 4mm to 8mm in thickness. Using a process never before seen in PC cases, the panel is then arched precisely on two sides with automotive-caliber press machines to create the top, front and bottom sides of the chassis. The end result is an aluminum chassis frame with more than twice the structural rigidity over average steel cases, helping to practically eliminate vibration-induced noise.



Following on the success of the SG01, SilverStone will be releasing the SG03 in March. The SG03 is a MicroATX case that has two 120mm intake fans behind the removable front bezel to draw in cool air and a spot for an optional 80mm fan on the roof of the case. Two hard drives can mount in the bottom of the case and one 5 1/4" optical drive sits in a bay at the top of the bezel.



Two front flaps swing out on the front bezel to reveal a 3 1/2" drive bay and audio/USB/Firewire ports.



The most impressive aspect of the SG03 is how spacious the interior is. The case can accommodate a full size ATX power supply and even more amazing, quad-SLI. If you look closely in the above photo you can see four video cards in the demo case.

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