December 20, 2013

Unboxing & Review: Jonsbo QT01

Jonsbo, known for its HTPC chassis since 2010 has officially landed on our shore, making its debut to the Malaysian community with its V series small for factor chassis - full Aluminum chassis with metal brushed texture on its front panel, simple yet elegant and not to mention an attractive price of 289 Malaysia Ringgit. 

The QT01 then make its appearance after a short while as a silent PC chassis with minimalist design and somewhat Jonsbo's already signature metal brushed texture front panel. Priced at 369 Malaysian Ringgit, what does the stunning QT01 offers other than just being a silent PC chassis?


Dimension500mm x 195mm x 445mm
Motherboard SupportATX, mATX, UATX, ITX
Expansion Slots7
TypeMid Tower
MaterialAluminum, Steel, Plastic (ABS), Sound Dampening Material
Drive Bays3x 5.25”, 4x 3.5”, 5x 2.5” Drive Caddies
Cooling Option2x 120mm fan at the front panel (included)
120mm fan at the rear (included)
Front I/O1x USB 2.0 Ports
1x USB 3.0 Ports
1x Speaker/ headphone
1x Microphone
Power SupplyNot included


First of all, we would like to thank Jonsbo and our local distributor Cyntrix Technologies for making this review possible, couldn't have done it without their great support.

Our first glance at the packaging of the QT01, unlike any chassis we have ever encountered before, the packaging of the QT01 seems plain without any much description other then just being labeled as black color model along with the model of the chassis printed on the box.

Upon opening up the box, we realize that there's actually another box inside the first layer of the plain looking packaging. The real deal is actually hidden inside, resembles the concept of a Matryoshka doll (aka Russian nested doll) where the chassis itself is the core. 

Out of the box, along with the protective foam - we can that Jonsbo is not taking any shortcuts in protecting their product from shock damage, they did a very good job on the product packaging.

By removing the protective foams and plastic cover, we now have a stunning looking Jonsbo QT01 in front of us ready to be explored.

Our first look at the front panel, metal brushed Aluminum front panel with a neat looking front IO.
Having a USB 2.0 port in front gives users who are still using previous generations motherboard that doesn't comes with USB 3.0 the option to access their USB devices at the front.  

Revealing what's behind the elegant front panel, is the removable filters / cover for easy cleaning. But first, let's check out the noise dampening material behind the front panel.

Unlike what we have seen in the Corsair 330R, Jonsbo uses a different type of noise dampening material which they've claimed to be the type used in the automotive industry - we will find out of it's really that great. Besides the noise dampening material, Jonsbo uses magnet to keep the the front panel attached to the case, which is good design and very convenient / easy to handle compared to the clip on design used on certain brand as clip on design.

Here's what we personally like - The removable filters / covers can be removed from the front easily without having to take off the whole front panel like most brand did.

Beneath the filters / cover, there's two pieces of 120mm fans for intake that comes with the QT01. It's very generous of Jonsbo providing two pieces of 120mm fans as most chassis from other brands provide only one or none for the front intake.

Now this is neat, there's even a simple fan controller right just below the intake fans:
H - High speed, this is the highest speed you can adjust for the fan - more noise is expected

S - Stop, turn off the fan, zero noise since fan is not moving
L - Low speed, this is the lowest speed you can adjust for the fan - lower noise or perhaps near silent

This is not something you would see everyday and personally we think that Jonsbo not only offers value but funtionality as well. 

In front of the fan grill(?), there's something which appears to be a slot where you can slot in fan filters if you wish to remove the filter / cover that comes with the QT01.

Since the front panel is covered by the Aluminum piece, the air intake for QT01 is from the side of the front panel. If anyone is concern about the air intake amount from such tiny gaps, our answer for you is not to worry, if will do just fine.

Now let us take a look at the bottom of the QT01, this is somewhat rather disappointing compared to the rich features we've seen on the front. The filter sheet at the bottom of the QT01 is thin and wobbly, we were expecting for something more - slide in filter with a frame at least, but of course this will increases the manufacturing cost which will give a direct hit to the SRP. Still, it helps keeping dust intake to both your power supply and intake fan (if there's any) at the minimum.

Removing it is pretty much easy but installing it back requires some effort in which we don't think is newbie friendly. Other than that, everything else looks just great - the concave design on the screws hole for mounting 120mm fans is nicely done as it will not compromise the appearance when it is covered with the filter.

Here's the element of blinginess, large soft rubber feet with the goodness of shiny Aluminum that gives the QT01 a premium look and the ability to absorb part of the vibration caused by moving parts inside the chassis that will generate noise when vibrating against the surface it came in contact with.

We can see 2 pieces of rubber grommets at the back of the QT01 where you can install external radiator for water cooling, but doing so defeats the purpose of QT01 being a silent chassis as the noise dampening material will not be able to suppress noise generated outside of the QT01.

*Jonsbo uses thumb screws to secure both side panel, life is always easier with thumb screws!*

Removing the side panels, we can see there's noise dampening material installed on both of the side panels for noise suppression. The only thing that makes us curious is the cut out on the side panel - Moving parts will generate noise no matter how, there's no reason of doing so as the cut out area appears to be where the hard drives are located ( 2nd pic above ).

The motherboard tray is done very well, Jonsbo got everything covered up for you at this point - look at that amount of holes for cable tie. The cable tie holes pretty much covered almost every possible point where you can route your power supply cables.

The depth of the motherboard tray is a little shallow if you ask, still within our satisfactory limit but our comment is that unless you're using individually sleeved power supply cables, you will face a little hard time closing the side panel without giving any scratch to the noise dampening material.

The accessories included along with the QT01:

- User manual / guide ( simple enough yet very detailed and useful for first timer! )
- hard drive rail mount for 3.5" hard drive and 2.5" hard drive / solid state drive
- screws, cable tie, spacers required for installing motherboards, fans, etc

Just for some reason, it seems that Jonsbo has left out the tool free installation mount for the optical drive at this point.

Now to the interior of the QT01, 3 pieces of rubber grommets, a rear exhausts fan and something new we first came into - the white plastic cover with 2 thumb screws. According to the manual, it is a type of support for your graphics card to reduce the flexing of its PCB.

The supporting arm can be adjusted to your liking - it seems that medium length and long graphics card users will have less to worry about the flexing PCB issue with this great feature offered by Jonsbo.

The supportive arm has a soft tip to absorb vibration, minimizing any possible noise that could be generation upon contact with graphics card.

The rubber grommets included is very useful for hiding cable trails and protect your cables from the edge of the routing holes.

The rear exhaust fan included is sleeved with a standard 3mm wide cable sleeves, looks neat!

The included intake fans were also sleeved with the 3mm cable sleeves as well, Jonsbo really did a wonderful job here.

There's a very useful guide included here, especially for first timer. With this guide included, we don't see anything that could gone wrong. 

The top of the QT01 doesn't seems to comes with any slot for mounting fans and it's solid as well - the only air intake will be the bottom mesh structure and the gaps at the side of the front panel. 

The power supply mounting zone comes with 4 piece of soft pads with the same purpose as other soft pads did - to absorb vibration that will causes unwanted noise.

Installing components

Everything else like the power supply, hard drives, ssd, motherboards will fit well.
The CPU cooling option is quite limited without any modding:
- Air cooler will fit perfectly, we're using a monster from Gelid Solutions' - The Black Edition
- Any 120mm radiator will fit on either the bottom slot or the rear exhaust fan slot
- 240mm radiator is only possible with the removal of the hard drive bay.

Bad news for the Asus DirectCUII GTX 680 - the graphics card supporting arm is beyond reach for this monster which occupies 3 expansion slot. Any medium or long card with 2 slot max is supported.

Testing Method

Up next with the testing method, we will be using the configuration listed as below:

Test Rig Configuration
CPUi7 4770K overclocked to 4.2GHz
MotherboardAsus Sabertooth Z87
MemoryCorsair Vengeance Pro 1600 MHz 4GB x 2
GraphicsAsus GTX680 DirectCU II OC - stock speed
Power SupplySilverstone ST60F-P 600W 80+ Bronze
DrivesWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
GELID Solutions - The Black Edition

The test was carried out in a room with ambient temperature of 30ÂșC, the only active air intake is from the front 2 pieces of 120mm fans included being set to high speed with the fan controller included at the front panel, whilst the exhaust consists only the rear fan included. Our stress test on the CPU is done using Prime95 and FurMark is used to stress the graphics card. Each stress test is conducted with different condition: 

- Side panel closed 
- Side panel removed 

Both test are done separated where each of the test took 15 minutes in average.The data collected from the test is presented in a graph and table as following:

From the graph and table shown above, the difference in temperature is not that much. The rise in temperature is expected as the only air intake when the side panel is closed would only be the front panel and minimal air front the bottom mesh structure in front of the power supply. Nothing much to complain about the temperature, but the noise level different is something worth notice:

The short clip above is the noise produced when the side panel is opened.

The short clip above is the noise produced when the side panel is closed.

We're really surprised by the result, the noise dampening material did a very good job in suppressing the noise produced, to a minimal level which can only be heard from a very close range.

Final thoughts
The Jonsbo QT01 is a well built silent chassis that offers stunning appearance, promising noise suppression and extra features which not every manufacturer would offer to the end user with the SRP of 369 Malaysian Ringgit. Still, there's some short coming of the chassis which holding it back from being the best bang for the buck silent chassis at this price range which we will be listing every single of it as per below:

  • Stunning appearance, metal brushed Aluminum front panel that uses magnet to keep it closed
  • High quality noise dampening material is used to suppress noise from the inside
  • A simple fan controller is included for user to adjust the fan speed in front to their liking
  • Easy to remove optical drive cover and filters from the front, no more hassle to remove the entire front panel
  • Good placement for cable tie holes at the motherboard tray, pretty much covered most possible routing path of cables
  • Included 2 intake fans at the front and 1 exhaust fan at the rear that has sleeved cables
  • Tool free hard drive/ solid state drive installation with the rail mount included
  • Adjustable supporting arms to held medium to long graphics card in place, reduce PCB flexing
  • Many soft pads on contact points that involves moving parts to absorb vibration that causes noise
  • Large soft rubber feet that looks and works great 
  • Detailed guide on motherboard installation engraved on the motherboard installation area
  • Included rubber grommets helps to keep cable routing neat and protect cables at the edge of the routing holes

  • The motherboard tray is a little shallow, user might need to use individually sleeved cables as large cables might increase the difficulty in closing the side panel without damaging the noise dampening material
  • thin and wobbly bottom filter and not newbie friendly on installation
  • A cut out on the noise dampening material at the hard drive bay area doesn't seems reasonable as there's moving parts there which could have produced noise and escape through that cut out area
  • The supporting arms for graphic cards wasn't able to support graphics card that occupies 3 expansion slot
  • Despite having tool free installation accessories for hard drives and solid state drives, Jonsbo has left out the optical drives
  • At the end of this unboxing and review, we strongly believed that the Jonsbo QT01 deserves our silver award and recommended award with the features offered.