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Silverstone Kublai KL03

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Posted February 16, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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by Jake
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Well Silverstone has really performed again for the system-building community. With the features and metal comparable to Iron Man and a great thermal management system we see a good job done. This is a big case which allows for maximum heat dissipation and many features to keep hard drives and graphics cards cool.

The KL03 targets the gaming and workspace user with its spacious design, airflow and support for large and lengthy graphics cards. With adjustable reinforcement brackets and some flexible spaces in the interior, we see enthusiast case written all over it. We love the hot-swap HDD feature which is usually found on full tower cases, and we do like the tool-less hard drive slots with a multi-contact fan (no 3 pin or molex) to allow you to easily swap hard drives without turning off your system and to allow you to easily switch your hard drives with the hassle of disconnecting or connecting a fan every time.
Silverstone has done a fine job here with the design and implementation.

Some things we don’t like are how overpowering the top font connector panel is and could have been designed to flow a little bit better with the sleek top of the case. We’re also a bit puzzled why not thumbscrews on the rear, instead relying on basic screws; not a big deal, but just rather unusual really. The last niggle would be that adding an eSATA port to the outside would have been a nice feature for a case like this.

The features and quality here are very good, and it would be expected that does come at a price. But with a retail tag of approximately $160, we do think that’s a bit steep in a market segment bordering on a full tower setup. The KL03
certainly offers a nice balance of aesthetics and functionality in a package backed by Silverstone’s impeccable reputation, but you will pay a premium for it.

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Silverstone Kublai KL03

Our thanks go to Silverstone for providing the KL03 for this review.

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