Kingwin KT-436B-WM Pre-Modded computer case reviewFormer staff writer - August 22, 2002
Here we are looking at the Kingwin KT-436B-WM. This case is very similar to the KT-436 that Matt reviewed back in May. In fact, the only difference being that this case has blue tinted acrylic windows on both sides and the top. That also leaves no place for the side and top exhaust fans, like in the other case. Let's have a closer look at the windowed model.
This is the side that will show off the guts of your computer. The tinted blue acrylic in the center of the side panel is held in by 14 small screws around its edge. The whole side panel is easily opened by removing two thumb screws on the back of the case and sliding the panel backwards. Inside you will find plenty of room for all your components.
On the front you have four 5-1/4" and three 3-1/2" drive bays available to use. You can see the blue acrylic on the front, which is held on by six big thumb screws. Under the front air intake, there is set of media ports. They give you four USB ports, two audio jacks and a firewire port.
The first pic above is a closeup of the big thumb screws. The next pic of the front panel off is achieved by removing those big thumb screws and pulling the front panel forward. Behind the front panel you will see the filter for the front air intake. Be-careful when removing the front panel not to lose your power and reset button caps, as they will pop out.
To remove the air filter for cleaning or just to look an the 80mm fans, you will need to release the filter frame first. On either side of the 80mm fans on the inside there is a tab that needs to be pushed in with your finger. Once the tabs are released the filter frame will tilt forward and lift out. Also notice the use of plastic rivets to hold the fans on. It would be nice to see the use of screws and rubber washers to hold the fans on.
The window on the top of the case is great for viewing those CD-Rom/DVD drive Mods. It also give you another point of view for the rest of your gear. The blue acrylic is held in place by 8 screws around its edge.
The other side of the case has a window too! While this window looks good and balances the case nicely. It gives me no place to hide my excess cables. I used to tuck my cables behind the motherboard tray and drive cages. But not with this case, as everything is in view. This side panel is removed the same way as the other side.
Looking inside at the 5-1/4" drive bays, which there are four. These are standard slide in and screw down, no drive rails used here. Below the 5-1/4' drive bays you will find a cage for four 3-1/2" drives. Three are available to the front of the case and one is internal.
At the bottom of the case you will find the removable hard drive cage. This drive cage can hold five 3-1/2" hard drives. The hard drives are then cooled by the air from the front intake fans. To remove the drive cage, loosen and remove the three thumb screws. The drive cage just slides right out. After you are done working on it just slide it in and tighten it down.