Introducing the SilverStone Sugo SG08

We've been looking at a lot of smaller enclosures lately, but some of you have pointed out, and probably correctly, that these Micro-ATX towers still aren't particularly small. They're smaller than the full ATX and super ATX monsters we've reviewed and certainly you could fit about thirty of them inside Corsair's gargantuan Obsidian 900D, but what if you want to go smaller? The BitFenix Prodigy is a popular option, but it's also on the large side for a Mini-ITX build.

As it turns out, SilverStone takes their small form factor designs pretty seriously. The Sugo SG09 we reviewed is a Micro-ATX case with roughly the same volume as the Prodigy, but how small can we go without sacrificing too much performance? The Sugo SG05 was a good start, but for those of you looking for a little more horsepower, the enclosure we have on tap today may be the way to go.

The SilverStone Sugo SG08 is deeper than the SG05, but it also has superior performance potential. Those of you who've been paying attention may notice the top-mounted fan as being similar to Thermaltake's design in the Armor A30, but SilverStone is opting for an intake here instead. Since liquid cooling and tower coolers aren't really an option in the SG08, SilverStone has to take slightly more drastic measures, resulting in a very different design from the more basic SG05. If you have performance Mini-ITX on the brain, the SG08 could be promising indeed.

SilverStone Sugo SG08 Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External 1x Slimline ODD
Internal 2x 2.5", 1x 3.5"
Cooling Front -
Rear -
Top 180mm intake fan
Side -
Bottom -
Expansion Slots 2
I/O Port 2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic
Power Supply Size SFX
Clearances HSF 117mm
GPU 12" / 305mm
Dimensions 8.8" x 13.9" x 7.5"
222mm x 351mm x 190mm
Weight 13.23 lbs / 6 kg
Special Features USB 3.0
Dual-speed 180mm intake fan
Adjustable fan duct for GPU
600W 80 Plus Bronze PSU included
Price $199

I'll admit I was a little taken aback by the price tag on the Sugo SG08, but try to keep in mind that you're getting a solid 600-watt power supply specially designed for the enclosure with it. I won't say it's impossible for you to run into the limits of this PSU in an enclosure like the SG08, just keep in mind that you'd have to overclock the absolute daylights out of your CPU and put in an AMD Radeon HD 7990 just to get close.

When you get to an enclosure this small, though, you're definitely going to be making some sacrifices. Storage space is at a premium, but more enterprising users may opt to use an adapter to turn the 3.5" bay into a dual 2.5" bay, giving you space for four 2.5" drives. The slimline optical bay might have been a bigger deal in years past, but the larger PC industry has been gradually migrating to these drives, and a slimline DVD burner can be had for around $20 now. Honestly the worst thing about this bay could very well just be the freakishly tiny screws.

In and Around the SilverStone Sugo SG08
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  • Thud2 - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    I may have missed it but did measure the max PCIe card length?
  • flemeister - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - link

    From my experience, about 11"/280mm for a reasonably comfortable fit, and about 12"/305mm max before the video card bumps into the PSU cables, where they poke out of the PSU chassis.
  • Thud2 - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    you. Canttyp
  • Thud2 - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

  • AgeOfPanic - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - link

    I'm still not sure about SFX power supplies. I owned a SG05 with a 450watt SFX PSU, but it was way too loud for me. It's too bad we cannot hear it ourselves.
  • caycep - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    How bad is the GPU cooling? I was surprised that it seemed so middling. I've had enough blown fans / overheating GPU cards to be nervous about it. I currently have a eVGA GTX 670 w/ a blower-style heat sink...hopefully that would work well w/ the side vents.
  • Sm0kes - Sunday, May 19, 2013 - link

    Blower style cards are most ideal with this case.

    I have the SG08 and an EVGA GTX 660Ti. The blower style fan works insanely well with the positive pressure design of this case. The air flowing down through the 180mm fan and out the sides does not inhibit the GPU's fan at all.

    Silverstone even included a foam shroud the size of the fan on my EVGA, but in my testing wasn't even necessary.
  • rvd2008 - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    $199 for a dummy box? Good luck selling 10 of these...
  • philipma1957 - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    I like my modded cooler master elite 120 more but it is bigger.
    16 by 9 by 9 vs 14 by 8.8 by 7.5.

    I have an i7 3770k , a hd7970, a seasonic , 650x gold psu, has an asrock z77-e mobo , Samuel 17 cooler. full size samsung blu-ray with 3 fan mods, a circle saw front panel cut and a pretty grill.
    Pretty much beats the snot out of a 1080p screen when gaming. These long shoe box designs are for gaming. my cooler master was 45 the seasonic was 100 on sale. the 3 fans were 40 so 185 for a better but bigger box.
  • mattlach - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    I like it, but it is 0.8" too tall to fit in my entertainment center, and thus I will have to find something else for my HTPC.

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