SilverStone shrinks the FT03, simply calls it the FT03-mini

ft03 mini 1 SilverStone shrinks the FT03, simply calls it the FT03 mini

There's no denying that SilverStone comes up with some of the most innovative case designs in the market and the FT03 – also known as the Fortress – is possibly its most unusual case to date. At CeBIT the company was showing off a mini-ITX version of the FT03 simply called the FT03-mini which radically shrinks the chassis.

There's no denying that SilverStone comes up with some of the most innovative case designs in the market and the FT03 – also known as the Fortress – is possibly its most unusual case to date. At CeBIT the company was showing off a mini-ITX version of the FT03 simply called the FT03-mini which radically shrinks the chassis.

ft03 mini 1 SilverStone shrinks the FT03, simply calls it the FT03 mini

According to SilverStone a lot of its customers were complaining about the fact that the FT03 wasn't small enough, despite saving a fair bit of desktop real-estate thanks to its unusual design. As such the company went back to the drawing board and made FT03-mini. The interesting thing here is that most of the structural design is shared with the SG05, but with a set of four thick aluminium panels fitted to it and then put on its short end.

ft03 mini 2 SilverStone shrinks the FT03, simply calls it the FT03 mini

This allowed SilverStone to save a fair bit of money in terms of tooling for the chassis, something which usually is the most expensive thing when building a chassis. Some changes were made, such as rotating the optical drive tray so if faces the right way around, moving around the hard drive bracket slightly and adding a second bracket so that two 2.5-inch drives as well as one 3.5-inch drive can be fitted internally. At the bottom of the chassis a 140mm AP141 fan was fitted to help cool the entire system and SilverStone told us that they have made sure that there's enough space for even a full-length graphics card inside the FT03-mini.

ft03 mini 3 SilverStone shrinks the FT03, simply calls it the FT03 mini

One of the drawbacks of the FT03-mini over the SG05 is the fact that you can no longer use a standard ATX PSU, instead an SFX form factor PSU has to be used. These are generally not available at very high Wattage ratings though, but we have a feeling that SilverStone will offer its own version for the FT03-mini. A pair of USB 3.0 ports were added to the top of the chassis and this is also where you'll find a pair of audio jacks and the power and reset buttons. The FT03-mini is so far the most interesting mini-ITX chassis we've seen at CeBIT and unlike the original FT03 it looks far less complicated to build.

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