Author: Colin Dean
- Affordable Cases, USB 3.0 & HTPC Cases
- Gaming Cases, Mini ITX Cases & Power Supplies
Silverstone released late last year revisions of its high-end chasses, the Raven and the Fortress. The Fortress 2 is the third unibody aluminum case from the company–which is the only chassis maker in the industry which makes unibody chasses.
Silverstone also showed its previous cases, including the Temjin.
Mini ITX Cases
The SG07 is Silverstone’s latest Mini ITX case. It fits a Radeon HD 5970, and has a 600W power supply. Silverstone clearly wants to see gamers using the mini ITX form factor. Designed with high-end graphics in mind, the SG07 has a vent on the bottom with a block which prevents exhaust from find its way into the power supply intake. Silverstone added this blocker after finding that the HD 5970′s cooling shroud isn’t fully sealed–hot air leaks from the sides of it. The SG07 has some serious cooling ability, too: a single 180mm fan adorns the top of the case. The fan is larger than the motherboard!
Most PSU lines introduced last year at CES are no more! Silverstone is integrating the best features of its various lines of power supplies into a single, new line called Strider. Strider will come in various wattages obviously, but all will be at least 80PLUS certified. The Strider Plus models, ranging from 750W to 1000W, are 80PLUS Silver certified for at least 85% efficiency. The lower range models, the Strider Essentials, will target the 400-700W crowd with 80PLUS certification.
Additionally, all Striders are fully modular. The logic behind fully modular power supplies is that, at some point, the power supply will need to be cleaned or serviced. With cable management being such an important and time-consuming task these days, who wants to pull cables? Fully modular power supplies can be simply and easily disconnected and potentially replaced. Silverstone will offer a short cable kit–PP05–for folks who want to use a Strider inside a smaller case.
The Strider will be priced aggressively, with 750W for $130 and 1000W for $199.
The Nightjar series of silent 400W and 450W power supplies lives, however.
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