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COMPUTER CASES

KINGWIN KT-436B-WM
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    Modded cases have become one of the hottest sectors of the computer enthusiast groups over the last year or two. After years of dealing with small cramped beige boxes with either no cooling ability or very little manufacturers have been branching out on what they provide for public. And they are using some intelligence for a change; they are listening to what the people buying their product want. They appear to be copying the DIY modding that many of us have been doing for years. They are offering colored cases, aluminum cases, cases with more than adequate cooling and size, and cases with windows. Hell even OEM manufacturers like Dell and Gateway sell the majority of their systems in black or gray.

     

    Manufacturer:

    KINGWIN
    Product:KT-436B-WM

    Price:

    USD$159

    Availability:

    NOW

    Reviewed By:

    Chad (memphist0)

    Edited By:

    Mack "SPeeD"

     


    Kingwin KT-436B-WM

     

    INTRODUCTION
    Modded cases have become one of the hottest sectors of the computer enthusiast groups over the last year or two. After years of dealing with small cramped beige boxes with either no cooling ability or very little manufacturers have been branching out on what they provide for public. And they are using some intelligence for a change; they are listening to what the people buying their product want. They appear to be copying the DIY modding that many of us have been doing for years. They are offering colored cases, aluminum cases, cases with more than adequate cooling and size, and cases with windows. Hell even OEM manufacturers like Dell and Gateway sell the majority of their systems in black or gray.

     


     

    Within this group Kingwin has made a name for themselves in a relatively short amount of time. Is their reputation earned or is it hype? We will take a look at the KT-436B-WM and see how it stands up to our testing.


    SPECIFICATIONS and FEATURES

     

    - Mid-Tower Design

    - 500mm x 210mm x 460mm (20 x 8.4 x 18.4)

    - 4 5.25 Drive Bays

    - 3 3.5 Drive Bays

    - 6 3.5 Drive Bays

    - Aluminum-Magnesium Alloy Case

    - Front Acrylic Face Plate (Clear for the Silver or Black Cases and Tinted Blue for the Blue and Silver Case)

    - 3 Case Windows (Clear for the Silver or Black Cases and Tinted Blue for the Blue and Silver Case)

    - 5 80mm Ball Bearing Case Fans

    - Slide Out Motherboard Plate

    - Filter on the 2 Front Intake Fans

    - 4 Front USB Ports

    - 1 Front Firewire Port

    - 1 Front Microphone Jack

    - 1 Front Headphone/Earphone Jack 1/8

    - Power Button

    - Reset Button

    - Power LED

    - Hard Drive Activity LED

    - Extra Screws, Thumbscrews, Various Wire Management Goodies

     

    The case, thankfully, does not include a power supply. It does seem to have just about every other feature you could possible think to add. It size is more than adequate. And the ability to fit up to 13 drives in it is almost unheard of.

     

    The aluminum alloy is a nice trade off. While slightly heavier than aluminum it is still much lighter than your typical steel case weighing in at 13 lbs. The alloy also keeps most of the cooling benefits of an all aluminum case. But the big thing about choosing an alloy is it helps to keep the cost down. The Kingwin KT-436-WM currently runs about $159 while an all aluminum Lian-Li with similar mods and features run in excess of $220.

     

    The front faceplate is extremely useful. Out of the four USB ports on the front, two of them plug directly into the USB headers on your motherboard and the other two have a long cable that snakes along the bottom of the case, comes out a special PCI slot plate and plugs in to the USB ports on the back of your motherboard. The firewire, microphone, and headphone cables connect the same way, into the ports on the back of your motherboard. A couple things several of you probably take for granted but coming from the Coolermaster ATC-710 I was using are very convenient is having a reset button and hard drive activity LED along with a power button and power LED. The ATC-710 only hard the power button and power LED.

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