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Silverstone Sugo SG-06B

As opposed to the previous products, the SliverStone Sugo SG-06B is not flat but cubic, resembling barebone platforms but smaller than most of them. Despite its compact size, this system case can do much more than serve as a simple electronic typewriter.

There is a lot of vent holes here. Both side panels, the top part of the back panel and the sides of the front one are all perforated. It looks like this system case is supposed to accommodate components with a much higher level of power consumption than the Atom platform. Interestingly, the top panel of the U-shaped cover proves to be rather rigid thanks to the figured profile whereas the 0.5mm thickness of metal shows up in the side panels. The closed system case is rigid, though, and the chassis is robust.

The exterior design is stern and minimalistic. There are no embellishments save for the manufacturer’s logo. The aluminum front panel looks good by itself, though. It is not spoiled by the extra components grouped along the right edge: two USB ports, two audio connectors, two indicators and a Power button. Everything is neat and tidy but some people may find this a bit boring.

There are full-size expansion slot brackets at the back. The case is cubic and the power supply is below the mainboard, so you can install a full-size card easily. The support for the DTX form-factor means that there are two expansion slots available or that we can install our dual-slot HIS Radeon HD 3870 IceQ 3 into the single slot of our mini-ITX mainboard.

Take note of the small black button on the back panel. It is a Reset button and its unusual position is quite okay. You won’t be able to press it accidentally.

The fastening of expansion cards is implemented by means of an external plate. This is not as handy as the solution we have seen in the InWin case.

The case has small but sturdy feet made of rubber.

The interior layout resembles cubic-shaped cases of larger sizes. The drives rack is at the top front and the power supply is behind it. The mainboard is below the power supply.

Silverstone’s engineers have taken a sensible approach to designing the interior and installed a 120mm fan on the front panel. We guess its benefits are clear without explanations. The drives and mainboard all get better cooling from it. By the way, you can get a notion of the size of the system case from the fact that the 120mm fan occupies almost the entire front panel of it.

There are two racks for drives in this system case. The top rack, shown in the photo above, is for a slim optical drive and a 2.5-inch hard disk.

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