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4 x 5.25" bays rolleyes.gif

How many 5.25s would you find ideal? Just curious.

The case isn't too shabby imo.
post #12 of 24
I think this is a repost.
 
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post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 

Hey,

How do you like your Silverstone FT02B-W and why do you think the Kublai KL04 is only $100.00, it seems like allot of case for that $, when the Silverstone FT02B-W is double that at $250.00.
post #14 of 24
very nice... i really wish cases would start putting 140mms in the rear and get rid of 120.
post #15 of 24
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Hey,
How do you like your Silverstone FT02B-W and why do you think the Kublai KL04 is only $100.00, it seems like allot of case for that $, when the Silverstone FT02B-W is double that at $250.00.

FT02 has a thick aluminum unibody frame which makes up a good amount of the cost. The front on the KL04 looks to be plastic from the photos which would explain the price difference between it and the TJ04-E which was also recently released and has nearly the same layout and design except for the front.

And I like my FT02 very well because it has the premium look and build quality that I like and the cooling performance from the 3 180mm fans is hard to beat but I'm always in the market for a replacement from Silverstone. I'm hoping they will release something later this year as an update to the Raven/Fortress line that will address the small issues I have had with the FT02 like more cable management room behind the motherboard tray and 8 PCI-E slots with the ability to install longer motherboards and video cards.
Edited by burningrave101 - 2/6/12 at 6:10pm
post #16 of 24
So many new good looking cases. Are they trying to make us have a hard time choosing?!?!
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post #17 of 24
makes me kind of wish i had waited instead of getting my lian li pc-9f

nice clean lines, and black interior, and a window, gets a thumbs up from me
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Not a big fan of this one
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And the winner in the category "most boring designs ever" is.....
 
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post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by burningrave101 View Post

FT02 has a thick aluminum unibody frame which makes up a good amount of the cost. The front on the KL04 looks to be plastic from the photos which would explain the price difference between it and the TJ04-E which was also recently released and has nearly the same layout and design except for the front.
And I like my FT02 very well because it has the premium look and build quality that I like and the cooling performance from the 3 180mm fans is hard to beat but I'm always in the market for a replacement from Silverstone. I'm hoping they will release something later this year as an update to the Raven/Fortress line that will address the small issues I have had with the FT02 like more cable management room behind the motherboard tray and 8 PCI-E slots with the ability to install longer motherboards and video cards.

well... quarter inch aluminum isn't THAT expensive:D

they charge that price for the FT02 because it's what the market will pay for a premium case:) personally I own the FT02 because IMO it's currently the best engineered air cooled case on the market. no other case provide as much "filtered" cfm / decibel performance then the FT02/RV02. IMO it offers just the right amount of cooling for anything you might install in a case that size and provide the lowest decibel for that performance.

efficiency is the reason why i pay $250 for the FT02:)

edit:
personal notes on how I would improve the FT02
1. cut the front panel below the 5.25 bays to allow the hot swap bays frontal access like how the corsair 800D has it. turn it around, put a SATA3/SAS back plane on it and i would gladly pay an even higher premium for the case.
2. change the size of the case to accept 200mm fans on the bottom. this will fix the 8th expansion slot and the short DVD problem people have griped about. would also make this an EATX/HPTX case which will directly compete with the larger cases on the market today (cosmos2) yes it will make the case even deeper then it already is, but i'm sure alot of people will be willing to put up with that if that means they can do their triple SLi / tri-fire properly.
3. for the love of all that is sacred, please change the top to either steel or aluminum:D sheet metal covered plastic still count as plastic and every time i take off the top cover i feel like i'm gonna break the plastic clip that holds the top on the case biggrin.gif

call it FT02-Xtreme or something but just get those things added so there are no flaws in an otherwise "nearly perfect" case
Edited by psyclum - 2/7/12 at 5:19am
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