There is much to love in a case such as this Kublai SST-KL07B mid-tower chassis. From the outside it is unassuming, and the lack of volume from it while under power is fantastic. The smooth panels, the lack of much going on outside of some shiny plastic stripes, allows the case to go almost anywhere and blend into the background. The addition of open cell egg crate foam inside of the front bezel, inside of the top panel, and inside of both side panels, does increase the weight but is worth every ounce of additional heft. Even without a view of the interior, the chassis is well appointed, everything can be hidden from view, and what is left are the motherboard, cooling system, and the video card in full view. Silverstone could have easily offered an older layout, since nobody will see it past the build stage, but they went the extra mile to deliver the top trends in current cases, even if sealed away from view. That is saying something, as many would not go this far with a chassis that is built for performance and sound reduction, many would have slapped something together and called it done.
With all of the good, there are a few minor things we need to address. First off, the right side panel did not seem to align properly without a ton of force shoving the bottom of the panel all the way closed. We did eventually get there, but the left side panel works so much better. Motherboards these days are coming with USB 3.1 Type-C native connections on them now, and sending this chassis with a Type-C connection which isn't USB 3.1 and requires a motherboard with dual USB 3.0 headers, seems to be a bit of a cop-out. We couldn't use one or the other, where if had SilverStone made the USB Type-C port with the same connection we found in the Cosmos, we would not be here now addressing this.
The last thing we felt needed mention has to do with storage. The HDD cage heavily limits the amount of PSU which can fit inside of the chassis if you plan to use 3.5" drives. We also would have liked the SSD trays to be facing the other way. As they sit now, the wires have little room to be installed, where if the connectivity end of the drives faced the right, there would be much better access to connect them. The last thing we want to address has to do with the I/O panel placement. While not a deal breaker, the chassis is built to sit on the right, as any would if the left panel had a window. Even so, SilverStone makes you reach all the way over the chassis to the right side to make any front panel connections.
You certainly do get quite the bang for the buck with this chassis. SilverStone could have easily offered a rehash of a previous Kublai chassis, yet they took the time to do most things correct and proper the first time around, leaving customers with a silent mid-tower chassis they could be proud to take the side panel off of. There are a few misses to the design that we found, and specific considerations that need to be made when choosing this chassis. At the same time, we feel the $95 price tag is not out of bounds. We were able to achieve average temperatures inside of the Kublai KL07 with virtually no sound coming from it.
There are only a select few cases of this caliber on the market, and if silent, compact, fully featured, clean inside and out, and some modularity are all boxes that need to be ticked, we feel SilverStone has an answer for you. The SST-KL07B may have a couple of things we would have personally changed; it is still a sturdy, well thought out chassis that can hide a beast inside of its sound dampened panels.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: A few minor sticking points are not enough to keep us from recommending the SST-KL07B! It is sturdy, sleek, silent, and SilverStone put much thought into this Kublai mid-tower chassis. For less than $100, it is hard to go wrong choosing this case.
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