SilverStone Sugo SG12 Micro-ATX Case Review
By Julian Duque
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone.
It seems that every month a new Android based HTPC comes out. This comes as no surprise as with the integration of XBMC, these devices keep getting cheaper and more attractive to the low-end market. Instead, SilverStone is trying to target a much different market, a market which many of our readers can feel identified with. SilverStone is a renowned designer of premium cases, offering a wide arrange of designs ranging from bulky full towers to small form factor HTPC cases such as the SilverStone SG12 Micro-ATX enclosure in this review.
At a price shy of the $100 mark, the SilverStone SG12 is not inexpensive. But for SilverStone, marketing is not a hard task. With so many unique designs, the SilverStone brand has led to a big fan base among PC builders. Added to that, SilverStone products tend to have impressive build quality as we saw with the Kublai KL05B-Q Mid Tower a month ago. The SG12 is one of many SilverStone cases targeting the HTPC market, but the SG12 takes a small twist by also targeting gamers with features such as dual graphics card compatibility, a carrying handle, and ATX power supply compatibility.
Back in 2008, SilverStone released the SilverStone SG02, a replacement to the SG01 evolution which was praised by many as the best Micro-ATX case back in the day due to it’s small footprint and quite unique layout. Unfortunately, the SFF designs back then lacked the cooling necessary to cope with the quad core processors emerging from both Intel and AMD. This in turn made SilverStone take the Sugo line-up into ITX cases similar to the SG02 in size but that could still accommodate beefy heat-sinks that could cool the scorching quad cores.
The SilverStone SG12
After almost a decade and many more advanced fabrication processes later, SilverStone has decided to bring back the unique Micro-ATX design. This comes as no surprise, with cooler than ever graphics cards and processors there is no longer the need to have an advanced cooling solution to have a powerful system unless you are overclocking. Unlike most of the Sugo line-up, the SG12 is a Micro-ATX case. Yes, if you are an HTPC user that does mean you will have enough expansion slots to have a dedicated graphics card, a tuner card, and even a sound card all together in a case with a 266 mm x 407 mm footprint. But this design will be most appealing to gamers by giving them an opportunity to have two graphics card and a powerful processor in a 23 Liter case.
Features & Specifications
|Material||Aluminum front panel, steel body|
|Motherboard||Micro-ATX, Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX|
|Drive Bay||External||5.25” x 1|
|Internal||3.5″ x 3 (compatible with 2.5”), 2.5” x 9|
|Rear||1 x 80mm fan slot, Optional cross-flow fan|
|Side||1 x 120mm intake fan, 1200rpm|
|Top||1 x 80mm fan slot|
|Front I/O Port||USB 3.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
|Power Supply||Optional standard PS2(ATX)|
|Expansion Card||*Support graphics card up to 14.5”, width restriction-4.46″|
|Limitation of CPU cooler||82mm|
|Limitation of PSU||PSU + optical drive/5.25” device = 370mm|
|Dimension||266 mm (W) x 210 mm (H) x 407 mm (D), 22.7 liters|