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Lian-li PC-9F

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Overall 8
8.0

It's LIAN LI

Chris V., Newegg
6 December 2013
  • Summary: cable management is not the greatest, and it really irritates me that LIAN LI cannot be bothered to include rubber grommets for the cable hole cutouts like you see everywhere in many cases the motherboard cuttout does not line up well on the asus p8 z68 making it so installing a back plate for a cpu cooler difficult. defeats the purpose of having a hole there.
  • Pros: It is a beautiful elegant case obviously. i'm not into cases with martians and other ridiculous bells, lights, whistles etc. what i like is a classy look with quality and for the most part LIAN LI delivers. With this particular case and build i did have some issues however. But as for the good things about it the hard drive cage is terrific enough room to hold all. The 2 front 120mm fans are another big plus, drawing in all kinds of air to the inside.
  • Cons: my biggest issue, unable to install the corsair h50 with the radiator inside the case. i supposed its to be expected to a point considering it is a mid-size however if lian li had simply placed the rear exhaust fan "1 lower and switched position with the positions of the rear holes with the rubber grommets, then it would have fit and would have give the consumer the choice of where they wanted the raidiator. really poor design choice here -1 egg
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Carl K., Newegg
26 September 2013
  • Summary: Not a bad case, compares favorably with the better Antec steel cases, so far as layout and drive options. A little more attention could be paid to the QC of the cable runs and cable-management plastic parts. The front fan filter frames need reliefs cut for the screw heads that hold the fans in place. As they come stock, the screw heads bow the filter frame making the filters less efficient.
  • Pros: Lightweight, aids in assembly for arthritic hands. Tthree fan filters good if you have cats or carpeting. Four available fans (one optional). Good attention to engineering detail - except as noted below.
  • Cons: Sharp edges on some cable runs, had to apply neoprene adhesive sheet to guard sharp edges. The SSD installation is backwards: when you plug in the SATA cables, the SSD falls out. Only one SSD slot option, two would be better. Steel screws on aluminum tends to gall without lubricant. LL should know that. Loctite to the rescue.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good case - requires improved QA

Gary S., Newegg
12 August 2013
  • Summary: Still a good case. Hopefully Lian Li will send me the correct parts. The case isn't broken... just needs a little extra attention with this particular build.
  • Pros: As always... Lian Li makes excellent aluminum cases. - very good HD cage design - lightweight without too much sacrifice to stability - elegant constructions
  • Cons: - same as below... 3 of the 4 plastic front-grill retainer clips broken. Wasn't caused by shipping. Close inspection revealed that either (or both) wrong size fastening screws or too much torque applied during assembly. - side panels also sightly warped. I'm guessing they were rushed through the stamping machines without sufficient cooling time. - Incorrect screws used for front fan assembly. Should have used flat-head phillips. Instead, rounded head screws were used ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Recommended Case

Matthew T., Newegg
20 July 2013
  • Summary: Brushed metal finish not obvious under most lighting conditions. Looks plain black under most lighting conditions. Paint on the outside seems good, but on the inside is easily scratched – the nature of aluminum. You will enjoy this case if you choose to buy it.
  • Pros: Lightweight. Minimalist. Elegant. Thumbscrews for everything. Decent cable routing behind motherboard area. Screens in front of fan easy to remove for cleaning. Quiet. 2.5” drive mounted on rubber slid-lock mounts. 3.5” drives mounted on rubber mounts.
  • Cons: 3 of the 4 cheap plastic clips holding on the front panel broke during transit. Lian Li shipped out new ones upon request for free within a week from Taiwan. They were easy to replace. The case is sharp on the corners. You will bleed. Construction does not feel as durable as a steel case. Once the components are installed, it adds to the structure. A little pricey.
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Overall 8
8.0

Beautiful/solid case design

Brian S., Newegg
21 January 2013
  • Summary: As far as 'fingerprints' go - wash your hands, make sure they are dry, and who really puts hand prints or fingers on the case all that often? These cases aren't intended for hauling around to LAN parties or the beach. They are aluminum and can be damaged by too much force or impacts - they are a professional looking work of art that belongs near your desk, and requires the slightest care when working inside to keep them in good shape.
  • Pros: Every 3 years I buy a new computer, on a cycle - so this time it's my wife's pc, next time will be my own pc. Now that I own two Lian Li cases, I doubt I'll ever need another case for us. These cases are designed to fit practically any motherboard - at least it seems that way. Plenty of standoffs for supports, plenty of room for expansion and alternate configurations. Very light cases. The rubber washers for the drives are brilliant - makes for a snug, quiet fit. I do...
  • Cons: The aluminum for this case has sharper edges to the sides - this might be an issue as they use thumbscrews, so while screwing/unscrewing your fingers brush up against the sharp edges. I'm not sure for what or when I would use the top mounted SATA port - I thought it was a USB 2.0 port. You may need help installing the mainboard into this case, as the back faceplate sticks a bit when trying to screw the mainboard in place.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Anonymous, Newegg
9 October 2012
  • Summary: Despite the (fairly minor and mostly known prior to purchase) cons I still really like this case. It's the third Lian-Li I've bought. However, had the new PC-7H series been available when I was assembling this system I believe would have gotten it instead. It's almost identical to this case, but has a better hard drive cage, uses 140mm fans in the front, and the front panel is a bit more stylish. Anyone considering this case should also take a close look at the PC-7H.
  • Pros: - Great looking. So much better than cases that use plastic panels. The lit power and reset buttons are a nice touch (if a bit bright). It may be a touch plain to some, but I like simple, straightforward design. - Great airflow. With the stock hard drive rack removed it's possible to keep the system properly cooled (~30-35 deg. C in regular, non-gaming use) with the case and CPU heatsink fans running at a practically silent ~650-700 RPM. I believe adding the HD rack b...
  • Cons: In rough order from somewhat serious to nitpicks: - The front panel is not completely flat. It bows in slightly in the middle. This causes it to hit against the support located between the bottom 5.25" bay and top fan, so it doesn't quite seat properly. I had to work the panel a bit to eliminate some of this bowing at this contact point, as well as push the support back a bit, to correct the panel fit. - Not enough space behind the motherboard. Even as little as an ad...
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Anonymous, Newegg
9 October 2012
  • Summary: Despite the (fairly minor and mostly known prior to purchase) cons I still really like this case. It's the third Lian-Li I've bought. However, had the new PC-7H series been available when I was assembling this system I believe would have gotten it instead. It's almost identical to this case, but has a better hard drive cage, uses 140mm fans in the front, and the front panel is a bit more stylish. Anyone considering this case should also take a close look at the PC-7H.
  • Pros: - Great looking. So much better than cases that use plastic panels. The lit power and reset buttons are a nice touch (if a bit bright). It may be a touch plain to some, but I like simple, straightforward design. - Great airflow. With the stock hard drive rack removed it's possible to keep the system properly cooled (~30-35 deg. C in regular, non-gaming use) with the case and CPU heatsink fans running at a practically silent ~650-700 RPM. I believe adding the HD rack b...
  • Cons: In rough order from somewhat serious to nitpicks: - The front panel is not completely flat. It bows in slightly in the middle. This causes it to hit against the support located between the bottom 5.25" bay and top fan, so it doesn't quite seat properly. I had to work the panel a bit to eliminate some of this bowing at this contact point, as well as push the support back a bit, to correct the panel fit. - Not enough space behind the motherboard. Even as little as an ad...
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Overall 8
8.0

Li-Li PC9F

Anonymous, Newegg
23 September 2012
  • Summary: Highly recommend this case, but it will require some extra attention to cable management, which can be a pain for many.
  • Pros: -Innovative design, and the elegant simplicity is great. -It really does look like a piece of furniture. -Light! -Tool-less is easy. -2 USB 3.0 ports. -Quality fans.
  • Cons: -Cable management is really poor, you need to have a modular power supply or you will have to stuff cables everywhere, really messing up your airflow. -Front panel is a little loose and comes off pretty easily, so DO NOT pick it up with a hand on the front!!!!! -5 inch long, but fairly narrow and inconspicuous scratch on one of the side panels. Doesn't really bother me because I just put that side to the wall.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nice case

George N., Newegg
16 May 2012
  • Summary: I hope someday they design a modular front port panel. Let me pick and choose what ports are on the front panel. I don't use USB for anything, except my mouse. I need Firewire 800 ports, Toslink digital audio ports, and a 1/4" TRS jack for headphones. Right now, I have to reach around back for all of these.
  • Pros: Lian Li excellent design and build quality. Form follows function. As it should be! Looks much nicer than all those other "gamer" cases, with their gaudy chunky plastic trim and colored lights for the kids. I love the simple but highly effective lian-li designs.
  • Cons: The color. I hate it. Black? Really? What is with all the stupid black cases? I want silver. But nobody sells it. Every web store I've tried, all have told me the same, that silver is "discontinued" by Lian Li. Huh?? Why are we stuck with black? Ugh. I miss the silver.
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Overall 8
8.0

Overall great case. It's a keepers for me.

Michael C., Newegg
28 April 2012
  • Summary: To solve the issue metioned above I had to remove the base support of the HDD cage by destroying the rivets, the case had pre-drilled holes, I assume to enable one to relocate the cage, so I moved the base to the new location (closer to left case panel) I also shifted the top plate, which only allowed me to use two screws. Now the cage is closer to the left panel and I have space in the back for the cables.
  • Pros: Brushed aluminum front, all aluminum build, light-weight, fans are quiet, bottom mount power supply, space for managing cables between motherboard and right panel. My alternative to this case was the Corsair 300R. If I had to pick a case after this one, that would be it.
  • Cons: 1. HDD cage location. The motherboard support beam is right up against the HDD cage blocking HDD sata/power port for the second drive from bottom up (I solved this, read below) 2. Cage could've been made into two parts with bottom part being able to hold 4 drives and top part being able to be removed for better ventilation or future larger video cards. 3. Could've had zip-tie hook locations in the back. But I think a great job can be done without the hook points. 4. F...
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