SilverStone Sugo SG06 Case Review

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SilverStone Sugo SG06, together with its brother SG05, is one of the smallest computer cases we’ve ever seen and yet it supports video cards up to 9” (22.8 cm) in length, making it a terrific case for building a very small but powerful PC. To shrink its size SilverStone decided to use a small SFX power supply, which comes with the product, and support only a slim optical drive, i.e., an optical drive originally targeted to laptops. The main difference between SG06 and SG05 is the material used on the front panel. On SG06 the front panel is made of aluminum, while on SG05 it is made of plastic. Let’s see what you can expect from SG06.

We have already reviewed SilverStone Sugo SG05, so we will be able to give a detailed comparison between the two.

The first thing that you will notice about this case is its tiny size, only 8 21/32” x 7” x 11 ¼” (22 cm x 17.7 cm x 28.6 cm) (W x H x D). SG06 is 3/8” (1 cm) longer than SG05 because of the thicker front panel. All other dimensions are the same. SG06, however, is a little bit heavier than SG05 because of the thick aluminum front panel, weighting 8.2 lbs (3.72 Kg) against 7.8 lbs (3.52 Kg) on SG05.

SG06 is available in two colors, black or silver. We reviewed the black version.

SilverStone Sugo SG06 caseFigure 1: SilverStone Sugo SG06 case.

SilverStone Sugo SG06 caseFigure 2: SilverStone Sugo SG06 case.

The aluminum front panel definitely improved the looks from SG06 in comparison with SG05, making SG06 to have a more professional and sober looks. On SG05 we have the air intake from the fan on the front panel, which may not please users more concerned with aesthetics, especially when using this case to build an HTPC (home theater PC).

Like SG05 the new SG06 has two USB ports and the traditional microphone and headphone jacks on the front panel. On SG06 the two USB ports are too close to each other, preventing you from install two “fat” USB devices at the same time. This problem does not happen with SG05, where the two ports are located far away from each other.

SG06 has a 120 mm fan attached to its front panel. This fan rotates at 1,200 rpm and it uses a three-pin connector, so you can install it on your motherboard to monitor its speed. This fan uses "golf blades", which according to the manufacturer provide lower noise levels, being an improvement over SG05, which uses a 120 mm fan with regular blades. It has a washable dust filter, but in order to access this filter you need to remove the front panel. It would be nice if this case had a system to remove this filter without the need to remove this panel. The top and the two side panels are meshed to improve the airflow.

SilverStone Sugo SG06 caseFigure 3: Dust filter.

As mentioned this case only supports a slim optical drive. This allowed the case to be smaller but on the other hand it increases the final cost of your computer, as slim drives are more expensive. The good news is that SilverStone has a slim DVD burner (called SOD01) and a slim Blu-Ray player supporting DVD/CD burning (called TOB02) for this case.

In Figure 4, you can see the rear panel. It has two expansion slots and both come with a meshed slot cover, which helps improving the airflow inside the PC. There are also two meshes above the slots with the same goal. This case comes with a FSP300-60GHS SFX12V power supply and we posted a separated review for it. It proved to be a good product.

SilverStone Sugo SG06 caseFigure 4: Rear panel.

One difference between SG06 and SG05 is the presence of a reset button on the rear panel from SG06, which on SG05 is located on the front panel.

SilverStone Sugo SG06 caseFigure 5: Reset button.

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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