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SilverStone Sugo SG09 Casing - A Well Cooled SFF
By Wong Chung Wee - 3 Jul 2013
Launch SRP: S$149

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 SilverStone Sugo SG09 is a small form factor chassis with a unique interior layout. It boasts of a 23-liter volume capacity, and is able to fit a pair of 13.3-inch graphics cards for a high performance compact gaming system.


Exterior Design

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 front panel of the Silverstone Sugo SG09 looks like it is made of brushed aluminum, but it is actually plastic.

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.

On its left side, there are options for mounting up to three coolings fans to cool the installed graphics cards. The top vents that are nearer to the chassis' front are meant for the PSU's exhaust. There is an option on the right to mount a 80mm exhaust fan to improve lateral case ventilation if required.


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.

This is the bundled 180mm Air Penetrator. With its fan filter removed, we get a clearer view of the 180mm cooling fan.

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.

Note the electrical plug outlet is thoughtfully angled at 90 degrees to the side. Since a power cord’s plug head is inflexible, this naturally adds to the minimum space clearance required at the rear of the system. As such, this angled connector reduces that distance required.

  • 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
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