SilverStone Kublai KL07 Review
Published: 2nd December 2016 | Source: SilverStone | Price: 89.99 |
Up Close: Interior
Well all the right ingredients are here aren't they. Big CPU cut out, rubber grommeted cable management holes, false floor PSU cover, 3.5" drive cage....Hang on a minute, where's the 3.5" drive cage? Well actually they're under the false floor, but we'll get to that later. What's more important is that the absence of them round the front creates a massive space for water cooling happiness to come and play.
In the front of the case we find a pair of 140mm fans, behind which there is a large amount of space owing to the absence of any 3.5" drive cages. Should you insist on chucking these rather nice 140mm units out and popping some faster and noisier 120mm fans then all is well as slotted 120mm and 140mm mounts are available.
The 2x140mm fans themselves are actually mounted on a removable bracket, which makes fitting them, and more importantly radiators, a much simpler task. The bracket is secured by means of a few quick release thumb bolts.
Although the KL07 has a full length false floor, it does have a removable panel towards the front, which means you can keep it all nice and tidy looking, or, if you choose to, you can remove the panel to allow large rads and fans to be placed here. The jury is still very much divided on whether we like this particular solution, with some quite plainly hating having a rad disappear out of sight, and others not really minding if it creates a 110mm gap and thus facilitates epic radage opportunities. of course remembering that this case doesn't have a side window it doesn't really matter as it won't be seen anyway.
The rear of the case has seven vented PCI slot covers as well as a large 140mm fan set as extract. As mentioned when we looked at the exterior of the case, the PCI covers, and therefore card brackets aren't held in place by individual screws, but rather by a sliding bracket.
Although there are no fans fitted in this position, peering up into the roof we can see various slotted holes for both 120 and 140mm fans. There appears to be a bit of an offset up here so it'll be interesting to see what, if any rads can be mounted.
The rear of a case is rapidly becoming more feature rich and interesting than the front side, and the KL07 is no exception. There's a good deal of cable management going on back here, and the 15mm or so of space on tap should be plenty to bend and flex even the most stubborn of cables to your whim. Down at the bottom of the case, under the false floor there are a trio of 3.5" drive drawers, which will double as 2.5" mounts should you so desire. The PSU of course resides at the rear of the case and is slid in from this side, resting on a quartet of foam pads to help it diminish the noise and vibration it could potentially transmit into the case.
There are also three dedicated 2.5" dives caddies back here, with each of them being easily removed to facilitate mounting, and handily with each of them being adjacent to a grommeted management hole to make routing those data cables oh-so-much easier.