Kingwin KT-436B-WM Pre-Modded computer case review
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: 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. In-depth Look
There are four 80mm fans that are included with the Kingwin case. All four fans have gold finger guards. There are two fans located on the lower front of the case and two mounted on the motherboard tray. Each pair of fans is wired together into a single molex connector. The only thing I don't like about the fans is that they are attached to the case with plastic rivets.
The wire coming from the front panel are routed along the bottom of the case. Two USB, two audio cables and firewire cable pass out the back of the case through a slot cover with a hole in it. The LED, Power button, rest button and speaker are all made into one cable that runs to the motherboard. Two of the USB ports on the front also run to the motherboard. Both of the cables that run to the motherboard have quick disconnects built into them. This allows you to remove the motherboard tray and leave the front panel cables plugged into the motherboard.
Moving toward the rear of the case. There is a cutout for the power supply up top and the removable motherboard tray below it. To remove the motherboard tray there are four thumb screws. Two at the top and Two at the bottom. Remove the thumb screws and the motherboard tray will slide right out.
The removable motherboard tray in all its glory. This is most likely one of the best features of any case. It allows you to work on your motherboard outside the case. On the motherboard tray you have 7 expansion slots. Each expansion card is held in place with a thumb screw. In the pic above you can also see the single power cable for both fans. The removable motherboard tray supports standard ATX size motherboards and is Pentium IV compliant.
The Kingwin case also includes a plethora of accessories. Some of this includes 13-motherboard stand-offs, 48-short silver screws, 4-long silver screws, 28-black screws, 4-jumper caps, 1-slot cover with hole in it, 5-wire ties and 4-thumb screws for your power supply.
Love It!!! With amazing looks and ease of use, this case from Kingwin aims to please. Some internal lighting is the only addition that needs to be made. As for the big thumb screws on the front of the case that hold the front panel on, I could take them or leave them. While they look good and serve a purpose, they beg to be played with. I've noticed that they are the first thing people touch when the see this case. No problems though, it's still great!
- Fantastic Looks
- Removable Motherboard Tray
- 6 internal 3-1/2' Drive Bays
- Case fans mounted with plastic rivets
- Big thumb screws on front of case (read above)