SilverStone FT01 Midtower Chassis
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Rutledge Feman
Date: 11-24-2008
Provided by: SilverStone
Exterior Pt 1

The FT01 is available in four different versions: black exterior, black with side panel window and black interior, silver and silver with side window panel. I selected the black with side panel window and black interior, which I felt would best show off everything this chassis has to offer.

The window itself is a bit different from the norm, as it is not a "full size" window, meaning it doesn't show off the entire interior of the case. Only the main hardware area (motherboard) and a small portion of the hard drive docking area are visible. The window itself is an "outside" style one and is held in place with eight rivets.

Both side panels are held in place by three thumb screws, with the top screw hole also housing the quick-release side panel latch (more on that in a bit).

The FT01 makes great use of the space available at the rear of the chassis. Up top, we find two pre-drilled holes for those who will be watercooling their components. The rubber used here is soft and flexible, not like the hard plastic used in some other cases.

Directly below the tubing holes is the rear 120mm exhaust fan and motherboard I/O area. If you look closely, you can see a small cutout below the fan grill. This can be utilized with SilverStone's optional CMOS clearing accessory, which allows you to clear your CMOS without having to open your case.

Directly below this we find the add-in card slots (with slotted covers) and a series of vented square holes beside them. As is the trend lately with computer cases, the power supply is mounted at the bottom of the case. If you look closely, you can see that SilverStone has granted you the flexibility to mount your PSU facing either "up" or "down".

More just ahead...

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