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post #11 of 45
I've owned pretty much every full tower case from the major makers (Silverstone, Lian LI, Coolermaster, Antec).

The Haf-X from sheer airflow is the best. The Antec 1200 and Lanboy air are also excellent.

The Silverstone Raven and Fortress FT02 are decent but their layout can be problematic for some setups.
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post #12 of 45
Silverstone FT02 is certainly one of the most efficient air cooled cases because it has triple 180mm intake fans and a horizontally mounted motherborad tray which means the case is drawing in cool air from the bottom and driving it out the top of the case (ie cool air sinks, warm air rises)

that being said that doesn't mean its the best air cooled case as you can certainly achieve similar if not better results with clumsier brute force solutions like with the HAF-X or Lanboy Air where you just have a ton of big fans everywhere.

However the problem with any of these cases is that none of them are particularly cost effective compared to say the LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62
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Ive been pretty happy with nzxt phantom but i did install the extra 200mm and 140mm fans
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post #15 of 45
RV02/FT02 with the AP-181's.

Dust filters on all of the intakes with immense positive pressure from the three Air Penetrator 180mm fans (stock) and the FT02 even has some sound dampening material pre-applied.

Bit-Tech review shows it at the top of heap where it rightfully belongs next to it's "bigger brother" the TJ11 which comes with a HUGE price tag premium.

I like the looks of the FT02 over all the cases mentioned so far.

Sure the layout isn't ideal for certain applications, but if you're going with a regular ATX board and a reasonably sized PSU you should be fine, even with multi-GPU setups.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by p4p3r View Post
Pff ... Antec's Lanboy Air anyone ?
It's poorly designed and doesn't work like it is intended to. Way too many of the spots for fans can't be used with hardware in the case rendering it less than useful. Basically it's a waste of money. See the Bill Owen's review below where he reveals many of it's short comings.

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post #17 of 45
Silverstone RV02. I must admit that the Stack Cooling method is pretty boss.
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post #18 of 45
RV02
HAF-X
Phantom
FT02
post #19 of 45
Silverstone FT02 or RV02 hands down. And yes I own a FT02 but that is precisely why I chose it. Not only does it have better airflow than a HAF case but it is much more quiet. The build quality is also much better. Silverstone is a high end case company. The fit and finish on the Silverstone is top quality.

In my opinion the layout of the FT02 / RV02 is an elegant solution to the airflow problem. The HAF cases just rely on a ton of fans pushing air in all sorts of directions. Every fan in the Silverstone cases faces the same direction creating a linear airflow straight out the top of the case.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
The Silverstone Raven and Fortress FT02 are decent but their layout can be problematic for some setups.
How so? Other than watercooling I see no shortcoming with the FT02. Unless you need more than 5x 5.25 inch devices, want to use 4X GPUs, or have more than 5 hard drives to install... The Silverstone cases can fit extra long power supplies and the largest graphics cards. I see no shortcomings with them other than a difficult time setting up water cooling. But then again they are designed to be air cooling cases...
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post #20 of 45
Well what size case?What are you putting in it?
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