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Quick Takes: 13 Mid-Tower Cases Rounded-Up

Silverstone SST-KL01B Kublai

Silverstone sent the SST-KL01B Kublai in for our little comparison here. The frame of this mid-tower is made out of steel, while the front and the side panels are aluminum. The front drives sit behind a large door. The SST-KL01B has a blue illuminated slit as an optical highlight, which looks similar to the car from the Knight Rider TV series or the Zylons from Battlestar Galactica—without the motion effects.

Silverstone came up with something new for the hard drive cage. The case has a special apparatus to handle four serial ATA hard drives. You can access this behind the front system fan, which can easily be removed from the case with a screwdriver. After that, you will see four handles, behind each of which is a tray where one SATA hard drive can be installed. For the Serial ATA connector the case comes with a special port adapter (CP05) that is tightly screwed to the inside of the housing. You can order additional adapters as an option; they cost $6 each. However, there is one disadvantage to the adapter: oversized graphic cards might get in the way. The CP05 unites both SATA connectors. When switching hard drives you don’t have to open the case.

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