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INTRODUCTION
After releasing the ground breaking Fortress FT03 chassis in 2011, SilverStone engineers took on the challenge of making a smaller version to further increase the appeal of this unique computer form factor. Through intelligent planning and reengineering, the engineers were able to create the FT03-MINI, which improves on the simplistic design of the FT03 while reducing the size by 50%. Using 2.5mm thick, sand-blasted and anodized aluminum outer shells with no cable connectors and vents on all four sides to complement an efficient, organized layout, this chassis helps SilverStone to again set new standards in small form factor computers.

The interior of the FT03-MINI utilizes SilverStone’s unique stack effect cooling layout so a Mini-ITX motherboard is mounted in 90 degree rotation to take advantage of hot air’s natural tendency to rise. The FT03-MINI can accommodate graphic cards up to 10”, support one 3.5” and two 2.5” drives, and even entry-level liquid cooling can be installed to satisfy needs of enthusiasts. As the new small form factor chassis addition to the Fortress series, the FT03-MINI is truly a paradigm.



 
 
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Super mini footprint design with no cables and vents on four sides
  • Ample space for CPU cooling (78mm in height)
  • Elevated standoff for motherboard back side components
  • Includes 140mm Air Penetrator fan and support entry level liquid cooling
  • Support for two 2.5” SSD/hard drives and one 3.5” hard drive
  • Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX motherboard & SFX PSU compatible
  • Standard-length expansion cards support (10 inches)


FEATURE PHOTOS
 
 
REMARK

Graphic card length reference:
ATI Radeon HD 4850/4830 - 9”
NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT - 9"
NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT/GSO - 9"
NVIDIA GeForce 8800GS/GT/GTS - 9"
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 - 10"
 
 
Removable top cover designed for maximum ventilation and for external cable management
Top-mounted buttons and I/O ports include microphone, audio, and two USB 3.0 ports (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
2.5mm thick anodized aluminum outer shell
 
Compatible with SFX power supplies
Rotated 90 degree motherboard mounting from the breakthrough RAVEN chassis
 
Support graphics card up to 10 inches long
 
Capacity for one 3.5” hard drives and two 2.5” drives
Stack effect cooling layout with included 140mm Air Penetrator fan
Removable bottom filter included to prevent dust buildup
FT03-MINI Feature list
Model No.
SST-FT03B-MINI (black)
SST-FT03S-MINI (silver)
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Material
Aluminum outer shell, steel body
Motherboard
Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX
Multimedia
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Drive Bay
External 12.7mm Slot loading slim optical drive x 1
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Internal 3.5” x 1 , 2.5”x2
Cooling System
Front --
Rear --
Side --
Top --
Bottom 1 x 140mm Air Penetrator fan, 1500rpm
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Expansion Slot
2
Front I/O Port
USB 3.0 x 2
Audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply
1 x Optional standard SFX
Operating system support
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Expansion Card
Compatible up to 10” long, width restriction-5.11"
Limitation of CPU cooler
82mm
Limitation of PSU
SFX PSU
Net Weight
4.7kg
Dimension
188.9mm(W)x 397mm(H)x235.1mm(D), 17.6 liters
Extra
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Support VESA Mount
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FT03-MINI manual
v1.0
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FT03-MINI eDM (EN-FT03-MINI-EDM.pdf)
 
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  • Q. Why do you recommend using all-in-one liquid coolers?
    A: Many Mini-ITX motherboards are currently designed based off of Intel’s reference layout, which means the CPU is likely positioned too close to the PCI Express slot and limits the size of CPU coolers that can be installed. Normally if the same size fan is used, a high-end air cooler is more efficient than liquid cooler. However, Mini-ITX motherboard restrictions usually limit air coolers that use 92mm fan or smaller so liquid coolers would have the advantage in the FT03-MINI as the radiator is installed in the bottom of the case and not limited by the space around CPU area. We can fully recommend using liquid cooler in the FT03-MINI as an alternative, our internal testing also shows liquid coolers to perform better than air coolers within the FT03-MINI.
  • Q. I have a custom cooler, how do I know which way the heat pipes should be situated to obtain the best performance in the FT03-MINI?
    A: There are two main types of heat pipes used in popular aftermarket coolers, they are groove and powder. Groove heat pipes are very susceptible to gravity while powder heat pipes are less so. To achieve best performance in either heat pipe technology, they need to be placed horizontally or have the heat source side located below the other end of the heat pipe. We recommend choosing and installing components with heat pipes carefully by taking into consideration of the following examples:

    Motherboard:

    The orientation of an enthusiast motherboard in a normal ATX case


    The orientation of an enthusiast motherboard in the FT03-MINI

    As the illustrations above show, most enthusiast motherboards with heat pipes will work fine in the FT03-MINI, the heat source is located below other parts of the heat pipe.
    CPU cooler:
    Horizontal style cooler


    Good orientation Good orientation Bad orientation


    Many CPU coolers can be rotated when installing on motherboards, the illustration here shows a SilverStone NT06-E

    VGA cooler


    The illustration here shows a VGA cooler that will not work well in the FT03-MINI because the heat source side (touching the GPU) ends up being located higher than the other end.


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