SilverStone Kublai KL05 Budget ATX Case

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SilverStone Kublai KL05 Budget ATX Case

March 23, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Product
SilverStone Kublai KL05B-Q
ATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Price
US$70

While their extensive chassis catalog is diverse today, for many, SilverStone is still synonymous with what first made them stand out from the competition. The name evokes the image of a subdued yet classy black case with a striking aluminum face with the subtlest of glints. It also reminds me of the inherent quality construction back in the day, something that is rare to see in modern times. Aside from a passing resemblance, the Kublai KL05 unfortunately doesn't have a lot in common with the iconic SilverStone towers of yesteryear; this is a budget model.


The SilverStone Kublai KL05B-Q (non-windowed version).

Manufacturers typically send us their best and brightest products to review, yet their lower cost offerings may be more important as they represent a greater portion of the market. It can be argued that they are tougher to design as you have to carefully pick and choose what to include and where to skimp to hit the right balance of features and cost. Typically aesthetics and build quality are compromised, and this is evident in the Kublai KL05.

The KL05 is more or less a typical ATX chassis with plain blocky shape and top/front panels made of plastic rather than aluminum. It's a dark chassis with a lanky profile, slightly narrower than most towers and tall at 52.5 cm (20.7 inches). Contributing to its considerable height are 8 expansion slots, and more notably, a thick compartment at the top designed to hold dual fans or a long radiator. Despite this, cooling is not its strong suit as it can boast only a only a single included 120 mm fan, though all the fan intake placements have dust filters (of varying quality). Our sample, a KL05B-Q, is more geared toward quiet operation as it sports a solid cover over the front fan positions with ventilation along the sides, and foam padded side panels. The other version, the KL05B-W, features a small side window, a fully ventilated mesh front, no padding, and LEDs on the fan.


Accessories.

The accessories are fairly minimal. The assembly guide is one sheet of paper folded in half, and the screws provided don't include any for additional fans. The inclusion of a nut-driver for the standoffs and a set of four thin zip-ties is the most luxurious aspect of the whole package.

Specifications: SilverStone Kublai KL05
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-KL05B-W
SST-KL05B-Q
Material Mesh front panel, steel body (SST-KL05B-W)
Plastic front panel, steel body (SST-KL05B-Q)
Motherboard ATX, 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
Expansion Slot 8
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
Audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply Optional Standard PS2(ATX)
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
Extra Support Kensington locks


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