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SilverStone Kublai KL04 Mid-Tower ATX Chassis Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: SilverStone Tek Co., Ltd.
Product Name: Kublai KL04
Model Number: SST-KL04-B-W
UPC: 844761008215
Price As Tested: $99.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone Tek Co., Ltd.

The Kublai series of cases fits right in between the Precision and Temjin lines of enclosures by SilverStone. Losing some of the Temjin’s aluminum construction but retaining most of the innovative features of the more expensive line of towers, the KL04 is the fourth iteration of a chassis that began in 2007 and was notable for its storage capacity in a mid tower form factor. Looking to continue the tradition, the SilverStone Kublai KL04 uses a slightly different cooling arrangement and understated design to offer space for nine 3.5″ drives, along with four external 5.25″ bays and room for six 2.5″ drives. That’s a lot of storage in a mid tower – can it keep everything cool? Benchmark Reviews is ready to find out!

KL04_Stylized

As I don’t have nine 3.5″ drives on hand to test hard drive temperatures, I’ll just install a test system in the KL04 and share my thoughts along the way. However, this case was sent out in tandem with SilverStone’s Tundra series TD02 water cooler following a conversation about air and liquid cooling (the KL04 has a reputation for being an excellent air-cooling case, so what does that mean for liquid cooling?) so I’m going to throw that in as well and see how it compares in this case to the Swiftech H220.

Features & Specifications

Model No.
SST-KL04B (black)
SST-KL04B-W(black+window)
Material
Plastic front panel, steel body
Motherboard
SSI-CEB, ATX (up to 12” x 10.9”), Micro-ATX
M / B Support
Multimedia
Drive Bay
External 5.25″ x 4
3.5″ x 1 (compatible with hard drive)
Internal 3.5″ x 9 (optional 3.5” x 8 + 2.5” x 1), 2.5” x 6
Cooling System
Front
Rear 1 x 120mm exhaust fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA
Side Right:1 x 120mm intake fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA
Right:1 x 120mm fan slot (optional)
Top 1 x 120mm intake fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA
1 x 120mm or 140mm fan slot (optional)
Bottom 1 x 120mm fan slot (optional)
Internal
Expansion Slot
8
Front I/O Port
USB 3.0 x 2 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply
Standard PS2(ATX) *1
Operating system support
Expansion Card
Compatible up to 17 inches in length *2, width restriction-6.14″
Limitation of CPU cooler
168mm
Limitation of PSU
Unlimited *1
Net Weight
8.2kg
Dimension
214mm(W) x 489mm(H) x 499mm(D), 52.2 liters


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