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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.12.07]
Manufactured by: Silverstone

 

Small Form Factor Rules

Last week, we published a review of what I called the best mATX motherboard I've come across; the Abit NF-M2 nView. It was awarded our Editor's Choice award for being not only a great motherboard, but for pushing the envelope of what to expect from a micro-ATX board.

So if you're a fan of Small Form Factor systems, or were thinking of getting into it but were reluctant due to lack of choice, our coverage continues today with a mATX case from Silverstone. Could this be the perfect mATX case to go with the perfect mATX motherboard?

Only one way to find out... ;)

Sugo Evolution SG01

The Sugo SG01 may immediately look familiar to you. If it does, you have likely seen Falcon Northwest's FragBox somewhere. Silverstone is the OEM supplier of some cases and power supplies for Falcon Northwest, including the FragBox. They have changed the design a little bit; it appears Falcon is using a newer design.

The SG01 measures in at 26.3 x 21.6 x 39.3 cm (W x H x D). Compared to latest all-in-one SFF solutions from Shuttle, that's a bit on the chubby side. For instance, Shuttle's "P Series" chassis measures in at 21 x 21 x 32 cm, so the SG01 is a good 5cm wider (that's 2 inches) and 7cm deeper (about 3 inches), while they are both the same height. Since the SG01 has to accomodate a full size ATX power supply and mATX compliant cooling solutions, I don't think they can compete with all-in-one designers. So if you want the flexibility of such a case, using your own choice of motherboards and power supplies, you're going to have to give up a couple inches.

The Specs
Material

Aluminum/acrylic front panel, 1.5mm aluminum body

Color Black
Silver
Motherboard Micro ATX
Drive Bay Extemal

5.25” x 2

lntemal 3.5” x 2
Cooling System Rear 

1 x 80mm exhaust fan, 2050rpm, 21dBA
Optional cross-flow fan

Sides 1 x 80mm intake fan 2050rpm, 21dBA
Top 1 x 80mm fan slot
Expansion Slot
4
Front I/O Port

USB2.0 port x 4
1394 Firewire x 1
Earphone jack x 1
MIC x 1

Power Supply Optional standard PS2 (ATX)
Net Weight
3 kg
Dimension 263 mm (W) x 216 mm (H) x 393 mm (D)

The SG01 stands up quite well as a small form factor chassis. It contains 2 external 5.25" drives and 2 internal 3.5" drives. I would have liked to see at least on external 3.5" drive, since there is no integrated memory card reader that most all-in-one SFF systems now have. It does have 4 external USB ports, which comes in very handy in systems like these.

The chassis itself doesn't fully represent the concept behind Sugo; Silverstone makes several other components that go with the SG01 chassis to help HTPC builders put together a system that is as efficient and quiet as possible given the limitations of the small form factor. We'll look at these as we explore the SG01.

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