SilverStone Sugo SG09 Casing - A Well Cooled SFF

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Interior Design (Part II)

Interior Design (Part II)

As mentioned in our introduction, the SilverStone Sugo SG09 can fit mATX, mini-ITX and DTX motherboards. However, in order to accommodate the first type of mATX boards, an optional mATX mount has to be purchased separately.

Update as of 5th July: While SilverStone hasn't provided any clear graphical representations, we were misinformed by its manual's presentation where an optional micro-ATX mount had to be acquired. Further scrutinizing the case and clearing up the air with SilverStone directly, we've found that the case does support mATX boards natively, but it is a tight fit. Here's a photo representation:-

Here we have the latest mATX board from the ASUS - the Gryphon Z87. Notice the extra tight fit as just after the board ends, you can see it meets the PSU holder and the optional exhaust fan below it. So yes, the case can take in a mATX board natively, but be ready to wrestle with some cables.

The rest of the article is as published originally:-

We evaluated the case by installing an ECS HDC-I/E-240 mini-ITX motherboard. The rest of our components included the usual 3.5-inch HDD, a standard 10.5-inch graphics card, and the PS2 ATX power supply unit (PSU). Here's how the system appears after installation of these components:-

Take note that the power switch of the PSU has to be switched on after its installation as well as connect the internal power cord of the Sugo SG09 to the PSU too. Failing which, you might be scratching your head as to why the system fails to power up.

While the photo above shows the completely installed system, we share a few notes from the installation process for your consideration. The standoffs for the mini-ITX board were already installed, so securing the motherboard was a simple affair with the bundled screws and a screwdriver. Installing the graphics card and PSU were trouble-free too. However, take note of a couple of extra steps involved with the PSU like connecting internal the power cord from the chassis and to turn on the PSU's power switch. This is because the switch will be not accessible after casing's top panel is in place.

The installation of the 3.5-inch hard drive was slightly more tedious as we had to remove the 3.5-inch drive bracket from the chassis before we could mount the HDD on it. Following which, we put the bracket back in its place, and secured it with its mounting screws. As a one-time affair, that doesn't sound like a problem. However if you fiddle with your system internals often, then the process would be chore as it involves no less than dealing with eight mounting screws (you could use less screws, but that might compromise the system integrity).

 We had to secure the 3.5-inch HDD to the drive bracket before mounting the bracket within the chassis.

 We had to fasten a total of eight mounting screws to get our lone 3.5-inch HDD in its place.

The other item on our laundry list was managing the power cables from our modular PSU. It was quite a squeeze during our cable management exercise, and the squeeze was also felt when trying to hook up the SATA power cable to our mounted 3.5-inch HDD. In fact, we had to flex the plastic mounting bracket for the 2.5-inch drives (that was below the 3.5-inch drive mounting space) in order to attach power connector to our test hard drive. If 2.5-inch drives aren't required, we would recommend removing their plastic mounting brackets to avoid the problem we faced.

The SATA power connector was pushing against the plastic mounting bracket of the 2.5-inch drive below.

According to its specifications, the chassis is able to accommodate up to four 2.5-inch drives. We decided to mount a pair of such drives to see how they would fit. First, we needed to remove the 2.5-inch drive brackets from the chassis. Following which, we had to mount the 2.5-inch drives one above the other, before screwing both drive brackets.

We had to stack the 2.5-inch drives, one on top of the other, before securing the brackets on both sides.

After that, we attached the drives, together with their mounted brackets, below our 3.5-inch HDD. We connected their SATA power cables to determine how tight the anticipated squeeze would be. As witnessed below, the cables of the SATA power connectors had to be bent in order to attach the connectors to the respective drives. Hence, we do advise against cramming four 2.5-inch drives into the chassis as this will create a lot of difficulty attaching the drives' power and data connectors securely.

The cables of the SATA power connectors had to be bent in order for the power connectors to be attached to the respective drives. 

We installed the top panel only after more cable management efforts. 

Fortunately, the installation of the GPU fan bracket was a much easier affair.

7.0
Aesthetics
7
Functionality
7.5
Usability
7
Value
7.5
The Good
Excellent cooling capabilities, with generous bundle of cooling fans
Ability to fit up to a pair of 13-inch graphics cards
The Bad
Narrow interior layout
Installation of components requires some consultation of the manual