External Construction

The overall construction of the KT-424 is similar to any other aluminum case on the market right now. Kingwin uses 2.00mm think aluminum-magnesium sheets that are primarily folded. The KT-424 has only one very Lian Li-looking side window, rather than two on the KT-436. The top acrylic window has also been eliminated.

 Breakdown

1 No power supply
2 Drive Bays x 10
  • 4 x 5.25” External Drive Bays
  • 2 x 3.5” External Drive Bays
  • 4 x 3.5” Internal Drive Bays
3 80mmx80mmx25mm, 1 x Exhaust
4 Variable Fan Control
5 80mmx80mmx25mm, 2 x Intake
6 up to 2.85V (in 0.1V increments)



This is a more subdued case than the KT-436. Each external bay came with an aluminum face plate, which goes a long way in appearance. These plates are actually screwed in, and must be removed after taking off the face plate. Some might say this is an annoyance, but we think it gives the case an even sturdier look and feel, particularly if you are always fiddling for buttons on your DVD/CD drives.



The horizontal intake has been replaced by a vertical 2-fan intake behind dense metal mesh. In our opinion, this meshed look is identical to the CoolerMaster ATC series intake.

Kingwin took a bit of heat on their last case because the power and reset buttons would get stuck on the acrylic face. Some engineer somewhere must have shook his fist and returned with the most sturdy button design that we have seen. The smooth plastic buttons are inlaid inside the aluminum housing, and do not stick. The whole component is made of a single piece of plastic that requires you to actually break it in order to remove it.

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  • KristopherKubicki - Saturday, September 06, 2003 - link

    BeanTech doesnt manufacturer the case either. I do not recall the manufacturer off the top of my head, but I am pretty sure its a no-name guy.

    Kristopher
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  • Anonymous User - Thursday, August 28, 2003 - link

    This is the exact same case as the BeanTech BT60B. I know, I bought it about a year ago from GamePC. Don't get me wrong, it's a great case. It was the first case (IIRC) to have rubber hard drive mounting grommets standard. However, the design is a good year old, and other companies have taken BeanTech's design and improved on it (like the Antec Sonata's removable HD trays with rubber grommets). Reply
  • Anonymous User - Monday, August 25, 2003 - link

    I have this case and it kicks ass. I was able to fit a radiator and two 120mm fans on the front part of the back panel of the case. Install is easy and runs beautifully. Blacklight, watercooling and still able to benefit from all the glorious features. Only thing they could have done better is include USB front header wires to the clip-and-go feature. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Saturday, August 23, 2003 - link

    knight, no, just waiting for publishing. dont worry i havent forgotten ;) Reply
  • KnightBreed - Friday, August 22, 2003 - link

    So, was the LCD interview/article cancelled or delayed indefinitely? Reply
  • Anonymous User - Friday, August 22, 2003 - link

    is the ocsystem the OCSystem Diamond Warp Super 10bay Tower Case anygood and how does it stack up with the Kingwin KT-424 Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Thursday, August 21, 2003 - link

    I still dont have a hold of this system. Sorry about the double post.

    The Antec Lanboy weighs about 13lbs with a power supply. The Kingwin KT-424 weighs 20lbs without a power supply.

    I have found no evidence of necesity to ground a hard drive on the outside. Obviously, grounding a power supply over the molex is very important, however.

    Kristopher
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  • Anonymous User - Thursday, August 21, 2003 - link

    Grounding - if there's grounding in the HD power connecter, then why does the Zalman heatpipe HD cooler have a separate grounding/chassis wire? They say its necessary due to their rubbber grommet mounts...

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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - link

    I want to thank the author for writing a good article. I also have a question. I have an Antec lanboy and I really love its weight. The author says the KT 424 is rather heavy. I wonder, how much does it weigh? Or at least, is it as light as a lanboy? Thanks. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - link

    #7, what else would you like me to comment on? Feel free to email me too if you would like. kkubicki@anandtech.com

    Kristopher
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