SilverStone FT03 Micro ATX Chassis
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 05-08-2011
Provided by: SilverStone
First Look - Interior

To access the interior of the FT03 you must first remove the top plastic grate which easily snaps off just by pulling on it. To remove the side panels, simply slide them upwards then out. There are no screws or latches locking the panels in place so take caution when transporting the case as a panel could come loose if you are holding it a certain way.

Starting at the bottom looking through the left side we see two 120mm fans. The bottom fan acts as an intake from the bottom of the case while the second fan is used to blow air directly at the CPU socket area. Both fans, as well as the 120mm exhaust at the top spin at 1200rpm and generate 22 dBA of noise. There are also two optional 80mm fan slots in the bottom should you feel the need to populate those for additional cooling.

The power supply mounts at the bottom of the case and uses the thick extension cable to divert power from the opposite end of the case where you plug in the power cable from the wall. Power supplies in the FT03 are limited to 180mm or less deep.

Just above the power supply is the optical drive bay. Only a slot loading optical drive can be installed in the FT03, another limitation of the case.

The CPU heatsink is also limited to 167mm in height which as we will see shortly is more than enough room for even the largest coolers. The chassis can also accommodate video cards up to 13.77" long - again more than enough for almost every user.

The front bezel is removable by simply pulling it out towards you. Here we get a good look at the top I/O panel wiring as well as the slot to load the optical drive in and the power supply compartment.

The right side of the case is where the majority of cables will be hidden. This is also where the power supply outputs its cables so unless you want a real mess on your hands, I'd recommend a modular PSU... or better yet, a short cable kit like the one we will be looking at just ahead.

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