Kingwin KT-436 Aluminum Case reviewFormer staff writer - May 19, 2002
Picture of the slideout motherboard tray in action!
There are a total of 7 PCI slots. Where are the two missing PCI plates? Who knows.. They weren't in my box or in my little baggy that was in the case. Maybe they just forgot to install them :) No big deal, because video and sound cards take up two slots :) No need for them.
No, KingWin did not include a power supply with this case. Why? Well, my guess is because it would have added extra weight to the case which means more shipping costs, and plus people that buy this case are usually power users and they would want to buy their own power supply. Notice at the top of the picture, there are two rivets that secure the top panel of the case. I really hated to see that the top panel wasn't removable. Without a removable top panel, you would have to remove everything in your case to install a plexi window or another fan on the top of the case. Better do it, before you install your parts :)
Ah, the inner guts of this beast! In the top right of the case you have your four 5.25" drive bays, below that three 3.5" drive bays, and under that the six 3.5" drive bays. As you can see, you will have plenty of room to grow. Along the edges of the 5.25" drive bays there is a plastic guard that goes around it. I didn't really like the idea behind this. Instead of having the edges rounded, they used this plastic guard. I took the guard off to see how sharp the metal really was, and it wasn't very sharp. I might leave the guard off, since the metal isn't very sharp. I think the main reason they have this on here, is to prevent cables from being spliced. In the back of the case you can see that the two 80mm back fans, also have fan grills. There is also a white box with screws, instructions, and a few other odds and ends.
In box you will find the following:
Here is a picture of the Redirect port instruction and it also shows how to install the top fan.
Pic of parts list.
Once I got the little parts box out of the case I noticed a ton of wires! Most all of these have something to do with the redirect ports. The idea of the redirect ports is to feed these wires you see here thru the PCI slot cover that was included and then plug them in to your motherboard and sound card in the back of your computer. You can then use a nylon tie to make them neater.
I'm really happy they included thumbscrews for the removable hard drive bay located in the front of the case. This makes it much easier to add and remove hard drives. Most manufactures do not include this, but Kingwin chose to.
Once we got the hard drive bay out of the case, we found where the speaker was hiding :) This probably isn't worth mentioning but I'm going to mention it anyway. Notice the hole the speaker wire is going thru. On some cases, the manufacture just runs the wire thru the cracks in the corners and over time, this could break the wire or short it out. Kingwin didn't cut any corners here.
In this picture we see the front two 80mm fans, along with the Printer Circuit Board (PCB) that makes the front redirect ports possible. These two fans are the last of them :) That makes a total of six fans pre-installed. They even included fan grills on these front fans, thumbs up!
This is a very nice pre-modded case and I can't find many things I don't like about it. They should of rounded the metal inside of the case rather than using a plastic guard. Although as I said before, I think the main reason they have this on here, is to prevent cables from being spliced. Then ofcourse I didn't like the top panel not coming off. Those are only two problems I really found while reviewing the case. You get a total of six case fans, pre-installed, and all of the power plugs on them are extra long so that they can reach your power supply. You have plently of multimedia ports located in the front of the case. So, if your a big gamer or use a lot of usb & firewire devices this will be a major benefit to you. The headphone and mic ports are great for lan party's :) Then best of all, its aluminum!
We would like to thank Kingwin.com for providing us this product to review!
You can purchase this case from XPCGear.com!
- All aluminum
- Six case fans!
- Lots of front multimedia ports!
- Sleek style
- Top panel isn't removable
- Some edges in the case aren't rounded