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SilverStone Sugo Series SG09

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Today we’re taking a look at SilverStone’s newest model in their popular Small Form Factor (SFF) Sugo Series. The SG09 is a drastic change from recent cases in this series as SilverStone has designed it with the maximum amount of internal space allowed to still classify this as a Small Form Factor enclosure. SilverStone has defined this limit as 23 liters. With that in mind, the internal layout makes perfect sense and you can really appreciate the SG09 from a design standpoint.

What good would a nice design be if it wasn’t functional? No worries there, the SG09 can hold enough high end components to rival a full tower build. The dimensions of 220 mm (W) x 295 mm (H) x 354 mm (D) place this firmly between a typical SFF case and a Mini Tower. The footprint still remains small, but the extra interior room allows for up to two full size graphics cards and a Micro-ATX motherboard. Let’s take a look at the specs in greater detail.

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SilverStone Fortress Series FT03 MINI

The SilverStone Fortress FT03 case was launched in 2011 and was received as one of the most innovative Micro-ATX enclosures to date. Engineers designed the FT03 for “elegant integration” by building up instead of out so that the final product would have a smaller footprint.
The new FT03-MINI takes the incredibly popular design of the FT03 and shrinks it by 50%, giving it an even smaller footprint and bringing Mini-ITX/DTX to the Fortress series. The interior still uses the stack effect cooling layout, but this time it is powered by a single 140mm Air Penetrator fan. The MINI can accommodate graphics cards up to 10” in length, and has support for one 3.5” and two 2.5” hard drives or SSD’s.
Will the smaller size still allow for a powerful gaming system? Check out the full review.

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SilverStone Sugo Series SG08

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It’s been a while since a Sugo series case has landed in our lab for testing. The last one to be reviewed was the SG07 back in August 2010. That model earned a 9 verdict for it’s sturdy construction, good looks and many great features. While the SG07 set the bar for small form factor enclosures, SilverStone’s latest SG08 takes everything we loved about the previous model and adds some improvements. The new case sports two USB 3.0 ports, something SilverStone has included with all recent product lines. The front panel has a fresh new design, made from 10mm thick aluminum. The SG08 includes the features from the previous model like the ST60F-SG 600W custom power supply, the AP181 Air Penetrator fan, removable fan filter and positive pressure design.

Since we haven’t tested a SFF case in a while, we thought this review would be a great opportunity to change out our testbed parts. We have updated all of our components to build an ultra compact gaming system that can handle most games with ease while barely taking up any space on our cluttered desk. To find out how the SG08 did, check out the full review after the jump.

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Windows Home Server 2011 Build

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We recently traded our trusty Synology Disk Station NAS box for a Windows Home Server built from scratch. We wanted a low powered system with room for up to six hard drives. The entire build was cheaper than many of the high end NAS boxes you can buy. We selected components that would offer fast processing for file transfers while conserving as much power as possible so that it could be left running 24/7. The following is the list of parts for this build. Let us know what you think.

Home Server Build

Case – Lian Li PC-Q25 – $120
Motherboard – ASUS E35M1-I – $125
Memory – G-Skill ECO DDR3 1333 4GB – $32
PSU – SilverStone ST50F-P 500W – $80
OS Hard Drive -Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB (WD3200AAJS) – $43
Storage Hard Drives 2x  Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB (WD5000AAKS)$100
OS – Windows Home Server 2011 OEM – $53

 

Total Cost: $553

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