Lian Li PC-100 Case Review

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Lian Li PC-100 Case rated 100% KICKASS by 3dGameMan.com

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Sponsored by: Lian Li Industrial Co., Ltd.
Review category: Cases
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The Lian Li PC-100 Case is black, all aluminum, plenty of fans, lots of room to work, ample drive bays, cable management, rotated motherboard design and much more. The build quality, design, styling and innovative features sets it apart.


 

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Anonymous

this should be rated as either great or great buy.
no removeable motherboard tray.
poor ventilation.
no fancy designs.
limited expansion.

the guy is a cheese for giving it a higher rating due to lian li giving cheap gimmicks to the reviewer and the reviewer is a sucker because he's into cheap tricks and gimmicks.

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I feel that its different, this case would be highly useful to fit into a built-to-measure surrounding or anywhere where access to the back would be extremely difficult. Ever had to climb under you desk or lean over to the back, knocking monitors or anything in your body's path? well this, you just flip open the front panel, sorted! Useful for school and businesses where computers are out the way so no one fiddle - improving access when something eventually goes wrong..

He's not 'sucking up' to the manufacture as you implied by giving it a kickass product, it just is a kickass product for what its designed to do.

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Anonymous

I own 3 Lian Li cases, so of course I'm a bit biased. But...great looking case, great review. I applaud Lian Li. They are one of the few manufacturers out there that are innovative. Some of of their designs falls short, some are just crazy. To all you doubters though, buy a Lian Li and you'll never go back to steel and plastic again. Nothing beats their quality.

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Everyone should see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBDRXHXLVPQ

They also have the PC-90.

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Looks too plain. Interesting design though.

Anonymous

It's strange to me to see that in this case I have to shove the DVI cable INTO the case itself and then connect it somehow inside.. this isn't a great idea because you'll be wasting cable length that maybe you need.. Also no USBs on top/back, that's not good either.. It brags about rubber anywhere, but such simple stuff are left unanswered..

Anonymous

Rodney, another great review.
and this looks like a nice and solid Lian Li case.
i own a fan controller of this brand, and though it costs as much as my antec case, i'm happy with it.
but i do question the case thermal design. and i agree on couple of points already brought up here:
1. heat rises
2. video cards do indeed exhaust out the back shield
but oterwise, i wish one day ill get a Lian Li case lol

Anonymous

Upon looking more at the case thermal design, IMO it's not the best and it could have make it worst.
Remember that some high-end GPU would have exhaust heat to the back which is front in this case, now there's an 120mm intake fan, of which might pull in some of the hot air from the GPU exhaust (not good), with the hot air blowing at the ventilation, the aluminium will get hot and the intake fan will take in even more hot air, this design is not that good IMO.
For me, I'll reverse all the air-flow, and probably move the case away from desk, and also add more fans at the front ventilation to help move more heat out from the case.

This case might be only good for those who frequently access the back of the case, otherwise normal users won't find this useful, especially the thermal design.

Anonymous

THIS is one of those videos you SHOULD have mounted hardware in it to show how it looks.

I really, really enjoy watching/listening to your reviews, no one does them better, but the only flaw, sometimes(like this time) it's a very BIG flaw that you don't mount hardware in it.

Please do that with cases that are kinda unique since it will give people a much better understanding of how the case works.

Otherwise you ROCK!

- Swedish Fan.

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You should really add a thumbs up button, because that would be a thumbs up reply xD

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i really like this case but i can't see why the 120MM in the front is a intake i know its easy to get the filter off but nah i would take the back fan as intake and then the front as a exhaust fan but still it is a pretty nice case (=

Anonymous

I like the idea. I find myself needing to hook and unhook cable often.
I may try out different OSes and need to hook up ext. HD. and flash drives, etc.

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Innovative, yeah ok. But is it better, i doubt that.

I can see no other point then that you can acces everything from the front to reverse a case. And what do people use the most USB ports and headphone jacks. Which you typically can access in the front anyway.

Maybe a good home server case, other then that i see no point why you would pick this case over any other. And it being Lian Li its probably pricey.

Great (only for the effort really)

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That's one of the most unusual computer cases I've ever seen in my life. Wow. Seriously, that computer case made me laugh.

Someone with the kind of Lian-Li money should buy this computer case and build a computer from scratch wiith video cables plugged in.

Oh, and by the way, heat rises, am I right?

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Personally, I think it's an excellent design and with two 140mm fans and another 120mm, there shouldn't be much heat building up inside the case. This case is designed as an on the desk case where you have access to everything at the front.

I commend Lian Li for original thinking in an otherwise boring case market.

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I can see this being used as a server, but it'd be nice to have more room for hard drives. But then WAF would be pretty low unless if it's hidden in the closet with the front bezel removed (just don't touch the circuit board when powering on/off the server).

HTPC: AMD Athlon X2 4050e CPU with 780G ATX motherboard running Windows 8 DP (4GB) and Ubuntu; Server: AMD AII X2 240e CPU with 880G-based ATX motherboard running Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (8GB)

2 pairs of Insignia NS-B2111s (front/rear), Pioneer SP-C21 Center Speaker, and 12" Velodyne Sub

Just ordered HP Pavilion dv7-6165us from QVC. Will have it by next Friday.