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.
A users manual, motherboard stand-offs, case screws and zip-ties are included with the case.
|Material||Mesh front panel, steel body (SST-KL05B-W)|
Plastic front panel, steel body (SST-KL05B-Q)
|Motherboard||ATX (up to 12” x 11”), Micro-ATX|
|Drive Bay||External||5.25” x 2|
|Internal||3.5″ x 6 or 2.5” x 6 , 2.5” x 2|
|Cooling System||Front||2 x 120mm/140mm fan slot (1 x 120mm intake fan included)|
|Rear||120mm fan slot x 1|
|Top||120mm / 140mm fan slot x 2|
|Bottom||120mm fan slot x 2|
|Front I/O Port||USB 3.0 x 2|
Audio x 1
MIC x 1
|Power Supply||Optional Standard PS2(ATX)|
|Operating system support||—|
|Expansion Card||Compatible up to 16”, 11” with optional drive cage (sold separately) installed|
|Limitation of CPU cooler||165mm|
|Limitation of PSU||225mm|
|Net Weight||KL05-Q:6.8Kg / KL05-W:6.9Kg|
|Dimension||200mm (W) x 525mm (H) x 494mm (D), 52 liters|
|Support VESA Mount||–|
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