The Silverstone Fortress (FT) and Raven (RV) series are great looking cases that sport innovative design and premium materials, which also come with a premium price tag. That's why the company created their KL or Kublai series of cases, that also come with some innovative design, but at a much more affordable price. With CES 2015 just around the corner, the company decided to quietly release their new KL05 series chassis, which continues to give innovative design, at a lower cost.
The Silverstone KL05 is an ATX tower with a tall and slender profile, yet still has room for both 240mm, and 280mm radiators if you choose to go the liquid cooling route. Surprisingly, it still has space for a variety of storage mounting options including 2 x 5.25”, 6 x 2.5” or 3.5” drive, all tool-free.
In terms of hardware accommodation, the Silverstone KL05 will support graphics cards up to 16 inches in length, and has 8 PCI slots. Other on trend features include two SSD or 2.5 inch drives on the back of the motherboard tray. And of course, you'll get a massive CPU cooler cut out for easy installation of air or water cooling solutions.
In terms of cooling, we've already mentioned the radiator compatibility, and in terms of fan mounts, you can fit two 120/140mm fans in the front and in the top, while the rear fan is limited to 120mm in size. This potentially means, you can ditch the front drive tray, and mount two 240/280mm radiators in the front and top of the cases simultaneously.
Like previous KL series cases, the Silverstone KL05 will be offered in two editions. The KL05B-W will feature a mesh front panel to help draw in the maximum amount of air, and feature a windowed side panel. It will also come with a standard LED 120mm fan filling the rear fan mount. The KL05B-Q will be the "quiet one" and will feature a solid front panel that draws air through side inlets, and will feature solid panels with foam lining on the inside for better noise reduction. You'll also get a standard 120mm fan with the KL05B-Q.
The Silverstone KL05 series are starting to go to market overseas in the Asia markets, but have not been released for retail in Europe or the US as of yet. That means we don't know the exact pricing, and the Silverstone reps are hush on this matter. Hopefully we'll find out more from CES 2015 in a few days.
Source: Silverstone Website