Kingwin KT-436 Aluminum Case review
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: May 19, 2002
Today we look at the new Kingwin KT-436 aluminum case to see what all the hype is about. Kingwin Inc has been making CPU coolers for 6-7 years now, and they have just recently jumped in to building computer cases. To start their new venture in to building computer cases, they chose to go with a decked out aluminum case with a lot of cooling power. The model, KT-436, comes in many different varieties. There is the KT-436G (The one I am reviewing), KT-436B, KT-436-BK, KT-436S, and the newest KT-436WM. The KT-436WM case includes a windows in the side of the case. However, the case is the same as this one that I am reviewing today. Below are pictures of each one of the products.
The case came in a big box with a nifty little handle so that you can easily carry the box.
This case is very unique, and is the first of its kind. One of the first things noticed about this case is the front bezel. It's made of a very thick acrylic glass, and is more prone to scratches than plexi glass. I really wish Kingwin would sell "just" the front bezel so we could swap the colors every once in a while. Kind of like how we switch our faceplate on cell phones.
A big feature I look for in a case, is whether or not it comes with front usb ports and a firewire port. I think more and more people are wanting these as well, which is why more and more case manufactures are including them with their cases. The front redirect ports on this case include a total of four usb ports, which is a rare find. With four ports, I am able to connect my joystick, gamepad, and digital camera without having to reach behind my computer to find the ports. There is also a firewire port, which I never use because believe it or not I don't have any devices that support firewire. Looking closer at the front ports you will notice two more small ports on the bottom. These two ports are for your headphones and microphone. With these in front of your computer, you should never have to reach behind your computer again to plug something up.
There are a total of three 3.5" external drive bays. The covers are very flush with the front bezel. The drive bay covers are almost identical to the drive bay covers on my Lian Li 70 case.
You have room to grow with this case, because it comes with four 5.25" external drive bays. That could be used for CDRW, DVD, NewQ EQ?, and maybe an LCD display? Again, the covers are very flush with the bezel.
On top of the case, you find something you don't find on many other cases, a 80mm blow hole. I really love the design of the holes too! I think it looks better than a fan grill, and unlike the fan grill you can't stick your fingers in it :)
On the side panel of the case (the side where your motherboard will go), you will find yet another 80mm case fan. The fan is positioned directly over your where your CPU will be on your motherboard. This is to draw all of the hot air out from your CPU and case. This is where I always put a case fan in all of my cases. Since this case already has one installed, less work for me. You can clearly see from the picture that the 80mm hole was cut precisely. Some people might not like the gold colored fan grills, while other may love it. If you don't like it, you can always buy a chrome colored one, or one of those really cool laser cut fan grills. I think Kingwin should have went with Laser cutted fan grills, because it would have made the case look at much more sleek.
Here is the other side of that panel. It comes with a fan grill and a fairly long power cable.
The back of the case comes loaded with two more 80mm fans! The holes in the back of the case, where the two 80mm fans are installed, are fairly large. This should allow plenty of air to flow out of the case. The case comes stock with thumbscrews on the sidepanels. This means you can open your case up, without any tools. Also found in the back of the case is a slideout motherboard tray.
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