Silverstone SG12 Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


Silverstone is one of the most recognisable chassis brands on the market, which comes as no surprise given that they seem to launch more products per year than virtually any other manufacturer. The Sugo series of chassis has long been a success, something that’s no doubt obvious given that the model we have at our disposal today is the twelfth iteration, the Sugo SG12.

The SG12 keeps many of the design features and specifications of its more recent siblings, with a newly revised front panel that’s more practical than most, room for large graphics cards, an optical drive, an incredible amount of storage drives and a full ATX PSU; this may be a fairly small chassis, but it’ll give some mid-towers a run for their money in terms of specifications.

In the box, you won’t find a huge amount of extras, but there is enough screws to get all your hardware installed, a few cable tidies and a handy owners manual to guide you through the chassis’ capabilities.

Now onto the good stuff! The chassis comes with plenty of ventilation for your components, vital given it can hold so much in a compact space. There’s a long ventilated section on the left, which would be idea for feeding your GPU with cool air, although there’s no dust filter, so you may need to give it a clean a little more often.

The right side panel also has a long ventilated section, but also a slightly large bit towards the front, behind which you’ll find a 120mm fan for cooling the many hard drive bays at the front.

Since it’s the front of the chassis you’ll likely be viewing the most, I’m happy to see that Silverstone have treated it with a brushed aluminium front panel, as well as a very sturdy blue aluminium handle.

The handle isn’t just for show either, you can easily pick up the system with it, meaning lugging it from one LAN party to the next can be done with one hand. The front panel has all the usual power buttons, as well as a pair of USB 3.0 and audio ports. You’ll also find a 5.25″ drive bay, handy for use with an optical drive, fan controller, card reader, etc.

Around the back, you’ll notice that the left, top and right side panels are infact a single piece, which is held in place by three screws at the back of the chassis. There’s an ATX PSU mount at the top, as well as room for a mini-ITX or Micro-ATX motherboard in the bottom.

There’s not much to see on the top, other than the two bits of ventilation for the optional 80mm fans.

There’s not really a lot to see on the base, but there’s four firm rubber grips that will prevent it sliding around your desk or AV stand.

SilverStone Released SUGO SG12B Chassis

SilverStone’s Sugo series has set new standards for small form factor cases and things aren’t any different with the newest member to the family. The new SilverStone Sugo SG12 features a classic shoebox design, but impresses with the amount of hardware that you can put inside.

The SG12 can accommodate many standard sized components such as ATX power supply, it has room for graphics cards up to 14.5 inches, and CPU coolers with a height of up to 82mm.

 

The SG12 features a 120mm intake fan on the side and can take 80mm fans on the rear and top. You’ll get four expansion slots and the ability to mount mATX motherboards, but the real surprise of this case is in the amount of drives that you can mount.

There are one exposed 5.25-inch drive bay and three internal 3.5-inch drive bays that are compatible with 2.5-inch drives. The amazing part comes in the form of 2.5-inch drive bays of which there are nine. That’s a lot a drives in a tiny case.

The recommended End User price is set to €85.60 excl. VAT and the SST-SG12B will be available on the 27th of May.

Special Features:

  • Built-in handlebar design for easy transport
  • Support graphics cards of any length
  • Ample space for CPU cooling (82mm in height)
  • Micro ATX motherboard & ATX PSU compatible
  • Cleanly styled SFF chassis with modernized layout
  • Amazing capacity for 2.5” drives