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SilverStone Kublai KL05-W Case Review

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What is the first item you shop for when you’re building your PC? Is it your motherboard, GPU, or is it the case? When I am looking at building a PC, I start at the case. It will be the foundation. The case dictates which hardware can be used in the build. The motherboard size, GPU size and water cooling options are all limited by the case. There are cases on the market for every budget and there are cases that are loaded with features, however, the included features may be too much for your budget to handle. I tend to look for cases that strike a balance between the two. The SilverStone Kublai KL05 claims to balance cost and features.

Review Sample Provided by: SilverStone
Product Name/Link to Website: Kublai KL05
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

SilverStone chose to go the “less is more” route with the packaging. The box features some line art graphics of the case on one side. On the other side is more line art of the inside of the case and a list of features and specifications. The case is snuggled in between two rigid pieces of Styrofoam and wrapped in a plastic bag in order to reduce scuffs and scrapes.

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A users manual, motherboard stand-offs, case screws and zip-ties are included with the case.

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Model No.SST-KL05B-W
SST-KL05B-Q
MaterialMesh front panel, steel body (SST-KL05B-W)
Plastic front panel, steel body (SST-KL05B-Q)
MotherboardATX (up to 12” x 11”), Micro-ATX
Multimedia
Drive BayExternal5.25” x 2
Internal3.5″ x 6 or 2.5” x 6 , 2.5” x 2
Cooling SystemFront2 x 120mm/140mm fan slot (1 x 120mm intake fan included)
Rear120mm fan slot x 1
Side
Top120mm / 140mm fan slot x 2
Bottom120mm fan slot x 2
Internal
Expansion Slot8
Front I/O PortUSB 3.0 x 2
Audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power SupplyOptional Standard PS2(ATX)
Operating system support
Expansion CardCompatible up to 16”, 11” with optional drive cage (sold separately) installed
Limitation of CPU cooler165mm
Limitation of PSU225mm
Net WeightKL05-Q:6.8Kg / KL05-W:6.9Kg
Dimension200mm (W) x 525mm (H) x 494mm (D), 52 liters
Extra
Support VESA Mount

 

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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day, such as cutting a side window or two.
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