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You can also attach one more rack for a 3.5-inch HDD to the bottom part of the top rack and to the chassis. Thus, you can install two HDDs into this system case, even though of two different form-factors. Take note that the 3.5-inch HDD blocks the fan partially, so if you don’t need a large-capacity HDD, you may want to use a 2.5-inch model and remove the 3.5-inch rack altogether.

The PATA interface is outdated but Silverstone has somehow forgotten this fact. Instead of an adapter for optical SATA drives, they have included an adapter bar for connecting PATA devices.

Fortunately, they did not forget that fans tend to suck in not only the air but also dust. Therefore, there is an easily removable filter behind the front panel. Manufacturers of compact system cases seldom care about keeping them clean.

Be careful when you remove the bracket of the optical drive bay. It is nonstandard and should be pushed into the case rather than otherwise.

Now a few words about the fastening of the power supply. In many inexpensive system cases the power supply just hangs on the back panel made of a thin sheet of metal and is not attached to anything else. Here, we’ve got a better solution: the small and light power supply of the SFX form-factor is fastened to the back panel as well as to a special supporting plate which increases the overall rigidity of the chassis. The power supply is originally installed with the fan facing downwards, but you can turn it upside down. Receiving cool air through the vent grid in the top panel of the case, it will be colder and quieter then.

There is only one small problem with the assembly procedure. There are surprisingly many cables for such a compact computer and you can find it difficult to tuck them all up somewhere. We found a place for them in a nook near the power supply and above the graphics card, leaving the center of the system case free.

Our graphics card fitted easily. There is 260 millimeters of free room for it, so the longest top-end graphics cards cannot be installed. Less advanced products usually have a length of 245 millimeters and the difference is just enough for the power connectors. You only have to be careful when moving the card into the case.

And what about the CPU cooler? Well, this system case is just perfect in this respect. There is 9 centimeters of free space from the mainboard to the bottom of the power supply. Moreover, the mainboard is positioned closer to the center of the case (as there is no power supply next to it), so we could install not only a Scythe Shuriken but also a Scythe Big Shuriken with 120mm fan. No other mini-ITX case we have tested can accommodate that cooler. The bigger cooler is shown in the photo above and will be used in the practical test.

The airflows are very good here: the front fan is driving the air along the tunnel formed by the HDD, the graphics card and the mainboard with CPU cooler. This is an almost ideal situation especially as the dual-slot graphics card is exhausting the hot air out of the system case.

P.S.: We tested this system case with our HIS Radeon HD 3870 IceQ 3 but we also tried to install the more advanced Radeon HD 5850 into the Sugo SG06. As you can see in the photo above, the case allows doing that and the power supply ensured stable operation.

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