Back in 2005 we had reviewed the SilverStone Sugo SG01 and found this innovative small form factor chassis with its unique design to be very impressive and a wonderful case for gamers and computer enthusiasts. There were a few areas with the case's design that was not perfect, but SilverStone had then introduced the SG01W Evolution model complete with a case window and a few internal improvements. Pushing forward to 2007, there was then the Sugo SG03 that had the same basic layout as the SG01 but was rotated so that it would stand vertically. This was, yet another, excellent SilverStone chassis to work with and was wonderful in almost every aspect. A year later, after initially only being available in the Asian countries, we got our hands on the Sugo SG02-F, which was a budget version of the SG01. Last year we then reviewed the Sugo SG04, which built upon the SG03 and was still another great chassis. What though do we have to look at from SilerStone this year when it comes to the Sugo series? You guessed it, the SG05. The SG05 (and the already launched SG06) are radically different from the earlier Sugo enclosures in that they are for micro ITX systems rather than micro ATX.
I can recommend the case, though there are only few decent mini-ITX boards for heavier number crunching. Intel's G45 board is probably neat but doesn't have PCI-E x16 connector (nowadays I'd like to have an option to use AMD graphics). I cannot recommend Zotac's mini-itx board, it has severe memory slot problems and I had to do work way too much work to have it even booting, but now with proper chips it seems stable. So, I'd recommend waiting for some other mini-itx board with PCI-E x16 connector to arrive.
I should add that I also never received any customer support from Zotac regarding my Linux-only question, so that's additional reason to avoid them. Hopefully more competition is arriving. I was basically excited at this SilverStone's case so bought whatever motherboard was available.
Last edited by Timo Jyrinki; 07-27-2009 at 04:47 PM.
I think the cased dimensions must be wrong. According to their official website, they should be 222 mm (W) x 176 mm (H) x 276 mm (D), and not 125 x 63.5 x 100 mm. I was trying to judge how big that would be with a ruler and it definitely seeme way wrong!