SilverStone Sugo SG09 Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on December 5, 2012
Small form factor (SFF) computers usually require SFX12V or external power supplies. One of the highlights of the SilverStone Sugo SG09 case is the support of regular ATX power supplies. Let’s see other features that this case offers.
The reviewed case is available in only one color: black.
The left-side panel has several meshes. The rectangular mesh is an air intake for the power supply, which on this case is installed on its front part. The case comes with a 120 mm fan (1,200 rpm, 22 dBA) installed on this panel, which also supports the installation of two 80 mm or 92 mm fans. There is an air filter for all fans. The fan that comes attached to this panel uses a regular three-pin fan power connector, but the case comes with an adapter for you to install the fan directly to the power supply.
The front panel of the SilverStone Sugo SG09 has a big air intake with an air filter for the power supply fan. See Figures 4 and 5, which show how the power supply is installed sideways on the front part of the case. We will talk more about this later. The case supports the installation of a slim optical drive on the top part of its front panel.
The case comes with two USB 3.0 ports and the traditional audio jacks on its front panel. The USB ports use an internal connector, and the case comes with an adapter for you to install them on a USB 2.0 header, in case your motherboard doesn’t have a USB 3.0 header.
In Figure 7, you can see the top panel of the SilverStone Sugo SG09. There lies one of the highlights of the reviewed case: a SilverStone AP181 fan (180 mm, 700 rpm/18 dBA or 1,200 rpm /34 dBA). The speed of this fan can be changed through a switch available on the rear panel. The case comes with an air filter for this fan.
The bottom panel of the SilverStone Sugo SG09 is plain, with no features.
The case has four expansion slots, with vented covers.
The rear panel comes with a 120 mm fan identical to the one used on the left panel.
On the SilverStone Sugo SG09, the power supply is installed sideways, at the front portion of the case. Because of that, the case has an AC receptacle on its rear panel, which is internally connected to the power supply’s own AC receptacle.
Let’s now take a look inside the SilverStone Sugo SG09.
To open the SG09, you must remove its top cover, which is attached to the chassis using four black thumbscrews and one regular screw. Additionally, you must remove the left panel, which is attached to the chassis with one thumbscrew and another regular screw.
This case supports microATX, Mini-ITX, and Mini-DTX motherboards. The motherboard tray has a huge cutout for you to access the backplate of the CPU cooler without having to remove the motherboard from the case.
The case supports the installation of an 80 mm fan on its right panel. See Figure 13.
The SilverStone Sugo SG09 supports video cards up to 13.3” (334 mm) long. Expansion cards are fastened using regular screws, but at least they are black. The reviewed case supports CPU coolers up to 6.5” (165 mm) tall.
As explained before, one of the highlights of this case is the support for regular ATX power supplies. The power supply is installed sideways, at the front part of the case, with either its bottom fan facing inside the case or facing outside the case, so you can decide if you want the fan of your power supply pulling air from inside the case or from outside of it. As already shown, there is an air filter for the power supply fan. You can install a power supply that is up to 7.1” (180 mm) deep.
The Sugo SG09 supports one slim optical drive on its top panel. Hard drives and SSDs are installed behind the motherboard tray.
The case comes with a plate supporting the installation of two 3.5” devices. This plate is attached to the motherboard tray using rubber rings, in order to reduce noise and vibration.
Four bays for 2.5” devices are located below the 3.5” bays.
According to the manufacturer, depending on the number of unused cables from your power supply, you may not populate all hard drive bays. Therefore, it is recommended that you use a power supply with modular cabling.
The optional Sugo Pack is a carrying case for SilverStone’s small form factor cases, costing between USD 45 and USD 50, depending on the store. It is a nice addition if you plan to carry your computer to gaming events, and it is very sturdy.
The main specifications for the SilverStone Sugo SG09 include:
* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.
The SilverStone Sugo SG09 is an excellent choice for the user who is building a small form factor (SFF) computer and wants a product that fits a microATX motherboard and a regular-sized power supply. It easily allows you to build a small yet powerful gaming PC.