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Hardwarecanucks gives a rating of 5 / 5 and our Dam Good Award.

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With the SG03, Silverstone has built a case which is an engineering and design tour de force. Even though it is a Small Form Factor case it offers unbelievable cooling, plenty of room for expandability and enough bangs and whistles to satisfy even the most demanding of consumers. There is even room for an aftermarket CPU cooler as long as it fits within the prescribed height tolerances in addition to the potential to add additional cooling if the single quiet-running 120mm isn’t enough for you. Every aspect of the SG03 is meticulously planned with a mind towards easing installation, improving cooling and overall convenience. Indeed, the installation section was so short because we did not encounter any problems during the entire installation process. Without a well-written manual, any installation into this case would descend into utter chaos because of the shear complexity of installing certain components. Silverstone really stepped up to the plate here as well by providing an excellent set of instructions to guide us through the process. It is also inspiring to see such a compact case using its interior space well enough to fit a behemoth like the 8800GTX. The SG03 makes a laughing stock of all of the ATX-sized cases out there that don’t have the space to fit one of these long cards.

It really is hard to try to find something wrong with this case but there are a few points that need to be brought up. With this case, Silverstone is hoping to cash in on the ever-increasing market of consumers who want smaller cases but don’t want to lose many of the features of their ATX-sized brethren. Silverstone has succeeded quite well here but a case as good as this just cries out for a full ATX motherboard. On the other hand, there are some extremely good mATX motherboards on the market which are great performers. Another little stumbling point is the price of the SG03; at $170CAD it is anything but cheap. Sure you pay for the excellent design and overall quality of the SG03 but at the same time, this price-point puts it above some very appealing ATX-sized cases. With these ATX cases, you don’t get the compactness of Silverstone’s flagship SFF case but you do get other benefits like ATX motherboard compatibility.

The Silverstone SG03 is at the pinnacle of its category and is a must for anyone looking for a small form factor case. Its cooling performance is awe inspiring and it is amazingly spacious considering its overall size. When it backs all this up with a stunning exterior design and Silverstone’s legendary customer service, this product deserves a 5 / 5 and our Dam Good Award.

Pros:

- Compact size
- Great cooling performance
- Spacious for such a small case
- Very light
- Expandability options abound
- Exterior design is wonderfully understated
- Easy-to-understand instructions

Cons:

- Price
- Takes time and patience to install components
- Very little space to hide PSU cables if upper expansion slot is used.

Hardwarecanucks gives the Silverstone Kublai KL02 Casing a rating of 4 / 5.

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Silverstone has always been front and center when consumers are looking for a well-built and thoroughly designed enclosure. The Kublai KL02 does well in continuing Silverstone’s tradition of case-building excellence by offering consumers a mid-tower case that is loaded with features few other cases have. There is plenty of room to route cables with the well-placed holes on the motherboard tray in addition to clips being added in strategic positions. We especially liked the fact that the KL02 can fit longer graphics cards without any problems and still have room to spare. Even with one of the longer, high-heat producing 8800GTS cards, the internal airflow characteristics with the pair of 120mm fans ensures that there is no excess buildup of heat.

Since looks are very subjective, we won’t touch on that other than saying Silverstone has worked hard to design this case to it appeals to the largest market possible. The high end materials used in the construction and the hidden treasures like the hot-swap capability are sure to earn oohs and aahs from consumers everywhere but there are a few issues we had with this case.

Unfortunately, while there are so many things that the KL02 does right, there are quite a few little touches that need to be improved in our eyes. First and foremost among the nagging issues is the sheer intrusiveness of the CP05 hot-swap adaptor that seems to get in the way during nearly every step of the installation process. We can debate the usefulness of the inclusion of a single adaptor all day long but in the end it seems to cause more headache than it is worth.

Another recurring issue we had was that despite the quality of the overall construction of the KL02, there were still a few sharp edges and at least one vibrating aluminum panel. When someone is spending $140 on a mid-tower case which bears the Silverstone name, they expect a product which is a cut above the competition without vibrations and cut fingers. Speaking of price; for a mid-tower case that does not come with an included power supply we find the price of $140CAD ($145 with the side window) to be a bit on the high side even though the KL02 carries the Silverstone name.

With the Kublai, Silverstone has a case with clever internal and external design which contributes to make this one of the more appealing mid-tower cases on the market today. On the other hand, there are issues which keep this case from being a knock-out product. Hardwarecanucks gives the Silverstone Kublai KL02 a rating of 4 / 5.

Pros:

- High-quality design
- Plenty of cooling options through multiple fan mounts
- Tons of space for a mid-tower case
- Innovative hard drive mounting system
- Easy drive installation
- Cable routing is a breeze
- Hot-swappable hard drive option

Cons:

- Price
- Some rattles from the front 120mm fan housing
- A few sharp corners
- Only one hot-swap adaptor
- $140CAD and no thumb screws for the side panels?

Phoronix gives the KL02 Casing and 8/10

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After working with the KL02, it's clear that there are many traits inherited from the Temjin series but at the same time it's apparent that the Kublai is the cheaper of the two. The SilverStone Kublai KL02 is designed to retail for under $150 USD, which is remarkable for an ATX tower chassis from SilverStone considering their higher prices for the Temjin cases. The Kublai KL02 is made up of a steel body with aluminum front panel and SilverStone's attention to detail certainly shows through with this case. Most interesting about this case is the number of 5.25" drive bays and the hard drive cage with SATA hot-swappable support. It is relatively easy to hot swap these drives even with the 120mm intake fan in the front, but with an extended-length graphics card this had led impairing one of the drive bays. All in all the SilverStone Kublai KL02 is a nice case for those not wishing to pay the higher prices for the Temjin cases but are interested in the best build quality. We look forward to seeing what other innovative yet economical cases SilverStone will introduce in the new Kublai series.

ThinkComputers of KL01B Casing

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The SilverStone Kublai KL01 definitely meets my expectations for a SilverStone case. It is well made, with excellent finish inside and out. It is a very nice looking case, as all SilverStone cases are. There are many innovations in this case.the stealth door will open for either side, the front fan is removable, exposing the hard drive bay, and hard drives with slide out of the front of the case. The top bay allows for simple hot swapping for an SATA drive. There is some built in wire management aids, which is very nice considering the large window.

TBreak of KL01B Casing

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Installation of the Kublai KL01 chassis is very easy since most of the components can be installed without screws or additional tools. The HDD cage is an amazing idea, but we had to move it up so since the 8800 Ultra card wouldn’t otherwise. We didn’t have any difficulties during the installation of the components inside the chassis and it is also worth noticing that there weren’t any really sharp edges so you definitely won’t bleed over this chassis.

If you’re looking for an affordable, light-weight chassis with some nice features and overall easy setup, we can recommend SilverStone’s Kublai KL01 chassis.

Proclockers of KL01B Casing

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We’d like to thank Silverstone for providing the KL01 for our review today. The exterior beauty of this case really had us mesmerized from the moment we opened the box. But, it was the case’s unique features and qualities that really made it stand out in our minds. The hot-swappable hard drive system was extremely creative, especially in a case this size. We also commend Silverstone on the design of the front aluminum panel and the use of black mesh on the optical drive bays. The dual 120mm fans also provided excellent airflow throughout the case, and proved its mettle during performance testing. Overall, we give the KL01 our Editor’s Choice award for its performance, creativity, overall design, and construction.

Pros
- Excellent design and construction
- Two 120mm fans standard
- Semi-toolless design

Cons
- PCI slots not tooless
- Cable management a bit challenging
- Firewire 800 port on top panel would have been a nice addition