FT03-MINI
  • Super mini footprint design with no cables and vents on four sides
  • Ample space for CPU cooling (82mm 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)
VERSION

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"

Product Specifications
Model No.
SST-FT03B-MINI (black)
SST-FT03S-MINI (silver)
Material
Aluminum outer shell, steel body
Motherboard
Drive bay
External
  • 12.7mm Slot loading slim optical drive x 1
Internal
  • 3.5” x 1 , 2.5”x2
Cooling system
Front
  • --
Rear
  • --
Side
  • --
Top
  • --
Bottom
  • 1 x 140mm Air Penetrator fan, 1500rpm
Internal
  • --
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
Net weight
4.7kg
Dimension
188.9mm(W)x 397mm(H)x235.1mm(D), 17.6 liters
7.4" (W) x 15.63" (H) x 9.25" (D), 17.6 liters
expansion card
Compatible up to 10" (254mm) long, width restriction-5.11" (129mm)
Limitation of CPU cooler
82mm
Limitation of PSU
SFX PSU
File Download
FT03-MINI manual
Version
v1.0
File Size
4.47 MB
FT03-MINI High resolution photos
File Size
4.42 MB
FT03-MINI Product Sheet (EN-FT03-MINI-EDM.pdf)
File Size
298.45 KB
Product Reviews
Q & 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.
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 ##

As the illustrations above show, most enthusiast motherboards with heat pipes will work fine in the ##, 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 ## because the heat source side (touching the GPU) ends up being located higher than the other end.

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