- Motherboard Size: ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
- Bays: 4x 3.5-inch, 1x 2.5-inch, 3x 5.25-inch
- Front Panel I/O: 2x USB 3.0, Audio In/Out
- Fan Support: 1x 120mm (Rear), 3x 140mm (Front), 2x 120mm (Top)
- Dimensions: 210 x 473 x 490 mm (WxHxD)
- Plenty of space
- Looks good
- Hard to move around
- Inflexible mounts
Show ‘Case’ Defined
We’ve not had things come in from Lian Li for the longest time, until the PC-7HWX was sent to us last month. This month, they’ve sent us another model that is considered higher end – the PC-O11.
The Lian Li PC-O11 is thicker than most cases and it’s also made out of aluminium and tempered glass, giving it an elegant and clean look. Unfortunately, there are a few disadvantages to that: It’s prone to fingerprints and it’s heavier than most cases, so do consider that when you are trying to find placement for it.
An interesting thing about this case is its dual-chamber design, with the side chamber used to install and hide components that tend to be a pain to manage (such as HDDs or PSU cables) from view. Then there’s the main chamber where the user gets to show off all their RGB bling.
On the outside, you can see tempered glass panels on the front and side – both which are removable. The metal panel at the front can be removed as well, though there’s no need to do. At the top is another removable cover, which hides a magnetic dust filter under it. There’s a much larger dust filter at the bottom that can only be accessed by tilting the enclosure over, due to how it’s design. While it helps provide an intake area that is better filtered, it also makes it difficult to move the chassis without lifting the entire thing. A good thing is that everything can be removed without tools, since the external panels are held in by high quality pegs.
Removing the right panel gives you access to two removable HDD bays and the area where the PSU is to be installed. You also have multiple mounting spots scattered around the interior for 2.5-inch drives, which makes up for the lack of drive cages. But other than that, this side chamber is a bit underutilised. The main chamber is quite standard when it comes to installation, though the mount for water pump is a welcome addition.
The one thing we’d really like to change on this chassis is the radiator brackets; there’s one pre-installed at the top and another in the box. Most AIO or liquid cooling loop users prefer brackets that are flexible, such as a slide or rail system that allows you to make adjustments. Lian Li opted for one with fixed mounting holes instead, which don’t support 140mm or 280mm radiators, nor allow for flexible placement of other smaller 120mm or 240mm radiators.
CHIP CONCLUDE: Looks pretty and theoretically a great concept, but the execution leaves some to be desired.
(previously published in issue November 2017)