Legit Case Reviews
SilverStone Sugo SG05 White Mini-ITX Case Review
|Date:||Mon, Feb 01, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Matt Collins -|
Inside the SilverStone SG05
The SG05 includes two different drive trays. One is the 3.5" hard drive tray, pictured above next to the empty case, while the second is a combination slim optical drive and 2.5" hard drive tray. In the end, the two trays fit and play nicely together, which is wholly amicable enough for me to move on to the most eye-catching feature of the case.
The above picture shows the fine image of a full 120mm case fan looking massive inside an otherwise small case. According to the numbers, this case fan can be as quiet as 19 decibels, but in my testing it was subjectively just quiet and pleasant, not vibrating or whining whatsoever. Notice that the fan color matches the case, not just being a generic black or glowing blue fan like might be often seen in other, less elegant, cases. But what about that dust business I mentioned earlier?
Ah-ha! The secret is out -- hidden behind that unassuming front bezel was a fan filter, blocking dust and paperclips from entering the case from the front while the fan works to prevent the same from entering the sides. SilverStone included in the manual instructions on how to remove that front bezel, which is a quick and simple matter of pushing in a few plastic tabs, for the sake of allowing owners a well-documented means of cleaning this filter whenever it happened to be necessary. Not only would I deem this a wise idea, but also a great one. Well done SilverStone. Well done.
If you've ever wondered what the SG05 looked like with a motherboard installed, you can finally rest at ease. In this view from the side, I have installed a Mini-ITX motherboard and a 3.5" hard drive. Notice the location of the hard driving, hanging from the above bracket in front of that large fan while plenty of space remains below it for air movement, expansions cards, and special HSFs. Also notice how much extra room there is after the motherboard is all squared away. While this might suggest that it would be possible for the case to be redesigned to be even smaller, the size is necessary to fit a full 9" video card. SilverStone did not want owners to sacrifice processing or graphics power, so it provided room for a fully featured card, room for a high efficiency heatsink and a nicely powered PSU. Of course, the motherboard I used happened to have them all integrated in one, so it simply gives off the appearance that there's a ton of extra room; installing the motherboard was still quite the squeeze when screwing down those screws.
One last installation image: here's what the back panel looks like when an I/O shield is in place. Now, who wants a side of Final Thoughts with their Impressions?
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Page 3 - Inside the SilverStone SG05
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