Summary: While not a "con" enough to drop a star, since I knew it going into it: there's no easy way to fast-swap disks in this case. You will need to remove the cage(s) to remove, replace, or install any drives.
Pros: This case is pretty much exactly the right size for my needs (primarily a NAS). I know lots of folks prefer a specific competing brand and for good reason, but I do love Lian Li cases so I'm a bit biased by experience.
Cons: This one con is a big one. Without it, this is a 5-star case.
Summary: I would rather have had a version of the case with no LEDs on the fan.
Pros: The fans run quietly with my motherboard's fan control and provide plenty of airflow. The drive cage gets plenty of cooling.
Cons: As mentioned elsewhere the 5.25" optical drive bay is pretty awful to manage. You have to remove both sides of the case, including the one with your motherboard attached to it, and remove screws from both sides of the mount. Your drive won't just slide through all the way from the back to install or remove without removing the mount. Lian Li should have put screws only on one side with slots holding the mount in place on the other side.
Summary: i'm using a gelid slim silence on a q9550s; temps are core0 RT+7, core1 RT, core2 RT+3, core3 RT (RT = room temp). one option would be to use a corsair h50 water cooler. if you use the gelid, make sure to line it up so that the fins point at the chipset, to aid in cooling.
Pros: atx psu - use a seasonic fanless, 400w if you don't use a graphics card, 460w if you do; mount it so that the honeycomb faces the interior (see other thoughts for why).
Cons: the screws! it comes with some extras, but they're not black. use them for anything internal and that way you'll have a couple extra black screws for the exterior. leave it open until everything works, as you'll only risk stripping the screws if it doesn't.
Summary: I chose this for a SFF gaming rig and I'm glad I did. It fits video cards up to 11.8" in length, and has plenty of room for high quality components. I put a Corsair H70 in as my CPU cooler which, due to it's height, I had to mount the fan on top of the case instead of inside. It doesn't bother me, but some people may not like this.
Pros: Sleek look, good space, even though it's small there is plenty of cable routing space. Match it with a good modular power supply and you can make a really clean SFF PC. Also 6 bays for HD (+1 2.5" bay underneath ODD) which makes it a good choice for media center PC's
Cons: No motherboard tray. Tray is actually the right side of the case.
Summary: I bought this b/c I wanted a file server for my house while still utilizing my stack of TB drives. This was about the only cost effective solution. It really confused me how people found this case to be too large. The 7 bay configuration should have been at least a bit of an alarm to them that it may be "bigger" than other sff boxes. I'm shocked how they packed everything into this case and kept it as efficent it is with it's size. I find it anything but big.
Pros: Build quality is phenomenal. Simple, yet attactive with the Q08B Black anodizing. 5.25" bay does not require removal of the optical drive face plate for operation. Plenty of room for HDD storage. Small size vs amount of storage it can retain. Makes the best out of airflow for its size. QUIET. Blue and red LED are not blinding. Inside aluminum construction is not deadly like you'll find w/ many cases. Perfect for a server or possibly a larger HTP box but I wouldn't put...
Cons: I would like to say price, but this is my first Lian Li and clearly you're getting what you paid for. Very impressed.
Excerpt: Sleek appear, good space, even although it's tiny there is a lot of cable routing space. Match it with a excellent modular energy provide and you can make a seriously clean SFF Pc. Also 6 bays for HD (Ư 2.five" bay underneath ODD) which tends to make it a great decision for media center Pc's No motherboard tray. Tray is essentially the appropriate side of the case. I chose this for a SFF gaming rig and I'm glad I did.
Excerpt: The case is created to very good strong aluminum and relatively sturdy. There are six screws on every single side of the panel. Too many for my taste, a greater design would have been to use some kind of clip on style side panels a that makes use of one particular or two thumb screws to the back of the case, sort like the Dells.Granted this is an ITX case, but oh boy, is the space inside tight.
Excerpt: Purchased this for a fileserver and it is functioning out fantastic. Higher excellent with lots of space for the drives. Light weight and stunning situation. Lots of screws to work with. six on case and four on decrease drive bay. This is 1 of the handful of mini-itx circumstances with area for so several drives. It is my 2nd Lian Li case and I've been quite satisfied with them each.