The Frontal Panel

The frontal panel is entirely made of aluminum and you can see it in Figure 6 with the frontal door removed.

SilverStone Kublai KL03Figure 6: Frontal panel.

To remove the covers to install drives you first need to open the two lateral latches (which are black on the silver model), as shown in Figure 7. With these latches opened you can remove the covers to add/remove drives.

SilverStone Kublai KL03Figure 7: Opening the lateral latches.

SilverStone Kublai KL03Figure 8: Frontal panel with latches opened.

If you pay attention to the pictures above you can clearly see the four external 5.25” bays, the two external 3.5” bays for floppy disk drives and a 120 mm fan. Removing this fan you will find four 3.5” bays for hard disk drives.

This fan is different from all other frontal fans we’ve seen to date. Instead of using regular wires for its electrical connection to the power supply it uses three metallic contacts (see Figure 9), making it extremely easy to remove this fan from the case, step that is necessary for installing hard disk drives.

SilverStone Kublai KL03Figure 9: Frontal 120 mm fan removed from the case. It doesn’t use wires on its connection to the power supply.


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