Sizing Up the SilverStone Sugo SG09
Sizing Up the SilverStone Sugo SG09
The SilverStone Sugo SG09 casing is small form factor (SFF) chassis that's primarily designed for mini-ITX motherboards, but has the capability to take in a micro-ATX board too. According to the company's interpretation of a SFF PC chassis, its volume capacity shouldn't exceed 23 liters. As such, the Sugo SG09 was designed with this capacity in mind and yet accommodate up to a pair of full-sized graphics cards, as well as a large CPU cooler. With these design parameters, it's obvious that high performance in a small volume was casing's key goal. With ever more integrated features on processors and motherboards, there's an increased interest for customized SFF systems that occupy less space and can better integrate into small rooms or apartments with ease. Cramming high performance parts in a small space requires good cooling capabilities and this case seems to have that aspect considered as well. As a result, the SIlverstone Sugo SG09 SFF chassis is one that has defied the typical conventions with its unique interior layout.
On the onset, the SilverStone Sugo SG09 seems to have the right ingredients of a modern case to meet today's DIY PC user's need, but will it win our vote? Read on as we uncover more about this case.
The Sugo SG09 sports a plastic front panel and a steel body, with an empty weight of 5.3kg. The front panel is actually made from plastic; however, it has been cleverly treated to make it look like brushed aluminum.
At first glance, we noticed that there is a glaring absence of 5.25-inch drive bays, while the front fan vent of the chassis gives it the semblance of a stout portable air-conditioning unit. Having said that, if you look carefully, you''ll notice there's an option to install a slim slot-based optical drive. Below the slot, is the prominent air vent with its removable front filter (careful as it's easy to dismount it). Now brace yourself - this air vent is the system's power supply air intake vent. Yes, you read that right. The PSU is actually mounted in the front of the Sugo SG09 chassis. To get a better understanding of the casing's interior design, we'll soon show you what to expect on the following pages.
The forward facing I/O options on the case consists of a pair of USB 3.0 ports. For audio, there is a microphone jack and another for speakers. The power button is to the left of the USB 3.0 ports, and the reset button is on the far right.
The case sports numerous cooling options and a generous bundle of cooling fans. On its left, there are options to mount up to three intake cooling fans to tame a multi-GPU setup. It can accommodate a 120mm cooling fan (provided), and a pair of smaller 80- to 92mm fan units. Right above this row of fan vents, you'll find a rectangular air vent which is reserved for the power supply unit's exhaust. Meanwhile on the right-hand side of the chassis, you'll also find an option to mount an 80mm exhaust cooling fan to help improve air flow across the case.
At the top of the chassis, there is a removable fan filter for its bundled 180mm fan called the Air Penetrator. This will provide the compact system with plenty of fresh air intake. This also means one shouldn't be stacking anything on the system.
Since the PSU is mounted towards the front of the case, there needs to be a viable method to connect it to your wall socket's power outlet. For this, SilverStone routed a power cable internally and presents an angled A/C electrical plug connector at the rear of the case. This sits over the air vent of its bundled 120mm rear exhaust fan. Also note from the photo below that there's a simple fan speed switch to toggle the 180mm Air Penetrator to either the "Low" or "High" setting. Last but not least, you'll also find four mesh slot covers for your expansion cards.