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Friday, 08 July 2011 10:29

Cooltek K3 Evolution - USB 3.0 computer case tested - 4. Internal

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Only 40 euro. Where's the catch?

The case is made of 0.6mm steel and although it may seem fragile, we’re still pretty happy with it, not least after considering it goes for €40. Side panels can be bent easily once removed but when the case is locked and loaded, it’s very tough. As you can see, the case is painted black inside and outside, which is a feature we’re more used to seeing with high-end cases. We tried to pick hairs but we couldn’t find any when it comes to finishing touches – edges and notches are smooth in order to prevent cuts during mounting.

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The K3 Evolution is a case that can hold ATX motherboards. It’s not designed with full flexibility in mind as the HDD cage is fixed.

The case has two tool-less mechanisms for locking optical drives and two tool-less mechanisms for HDDs. Of course, Cooltek did their best to knock the price down and besides, most regular users don’t use more than two drives.

The HDD cage can hold five 3.5" drives whereas the sixth 3.5" drive can be put into the 5.25" bay.

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The thick black cables you see on the picture below belong to USB 3.0 connectors. Naturally, they must be connected to your motherboard’s external connectors, provided your motherboard has one. The cables can be routed through an empty slot or through water cooling holes.

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Cabling can’t be routed behind the motherboard tray because there isn’t enough room. The motherboard tray has a large CPU backplate cutout.

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+2 #1 BernardP 2011-07-08 22:26
Too bad the USB connectors are plugged into the rear panel instead of the now standard internal interface found on more and more mobos:

http://download.intel.com/technology/usb/USB_3.0_Internal_Connector_and_Cable_Specification.pdf
 
 
+2 #2 Resistance_is_futil 2011-07-09 12:51
Latest information from Cooltek say, that from next shipment on, all K3 Evo 3.0 will have additional a 120 mm fan in the rear for better cooling, WITHOUT changing the price at all.

Regarding internal USB 3.0 support : I thought the same, but if ppl don´t have USB 3.0 20pin-connector onboard this solution opens the case for everyone.

For those who want to use an internal connection, there is the solution of a USB 3.0 to 20-pin converter.

For THIS price range fro my point of view the Cooltek Case is BEST (value, quality, features) you can get for your money.
 

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