Summary: This is my home CentOS virtual server, so I rarely open it(or power it off for that matter). When I do however, it takes 8 flathead screws to take off one side. While it helps keep it's shape and not look cheap, it's a far cry from the two thumbscrews and a slide from it's larger tower cousin. Not a real gripe, just an FYI. As I said, this is a real quiet configuration, even with a stock AMD HSF. I've been real happy about that.
Pros: The case is built in typical Lian-Li high quality fashion. The components while light, don't feel flimsy or cheap. All the parts come together well as expected. It's a nice looking case when finished. The fans run very quiet(this is a home server in the living room with hardwood floors and we hear nary a peep from it). It runs pretty much 24/7 with no noise or complaints. I couldn't ask for a better mini-itx case.
Cons: Front USB ports are pass-throughs/extension cables to the backplane USB ports, rather than a direct connection to the motherboard. I think that was b/c at the time USB3 headers weren't common on mobo's. It worked for my motherboard just fine however, so I didn't think it warranted a demerit.
Summary: * This being an ITX case, your cable management skills will be put to the test. Plan on buying some zip ties, a short (6-10") SATA cable for your optical drive, and a fully modular PSU (no more than 145mm deep) if you want everything to be clean and tidy. I *highly* recommend pairing this case with a Silverstone Strider PSU and their PP05 short cable set.
Pros: * Compact and full-featured. Allows for a standard-height optical drive, a standard ATX PSU (yay!), a dual-slot discrete GPU, two 3.5" drives, and two 2.5" drives - all in a case that can fit on a bookshelf, and that looks beautiful to boot. Very impressive achievement * Comes standard with a Lian-Li ODD fascia, so your choice of cheap DVD drive doesn't screw with the beautiful brushed-aluminum look * Motherboard standoffs are built into the right side panel, and are ...
Cons: The only major con is that the PSU fan faces in, drawing air up from the motherboard. This conflicts with stock heatsinks, which push air down onto the motherboard. The PC-Q11 would be better off with another vent cut into the left side panel and the PSU flipped around so air could be drawn from the outside instead. I tried to circumvent this problem by buying a Scythe Shuriken heatsink and flipping its fan over - turning the Scythe and the PSU fans into a push-pull c...
Pros: Great mini-ITX form factor case. Lian Li has always surprised me with the quality of their cases. The front 140mm fan that's removable and comes with rubber grommets is a nice option to bring in some cool air. The brushed finish is very nice. I'm very happy with this purchase. Using as a HTPC.
Summary: Currently used as thus: Lianl-Li Q11-B Mini-ITX Tower Case Zotac Z68ITX-A-E DDR3 / Socket 1155 Wifi Board Intel Core i3-2105 3.1GHz HT 65W Dual-Core Scythe Kozuti 40mm Heatsink Fan (Rated to 65W) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Gigabyte UD GeForce GTX 560 Ti Graphics Adapter
Pros: - Sturdy metal frame and panels, which was a nice switch-up from the Thermaltake V3 I moved out of (micro-sizing my system for LAN gaming and WiFi) - Sleek, simplistic appearance, nice color, good asthetic appeal - Reasonable space for a Mini-ITX Cube/Tower
Cons: - The LEDs for power and HDD access don't seem to work, no matter how I plug them in. At first I thought maybe the Zotac Z68ITX-A-E just had mislabeled headers, but after trial and error, they still don't light up. - The idea of being able to use a regular PSU in this case is novel, but since most manufacturers don't offer 'short' cables for their modular PSU, it ends up being a clusterfuge. Be ready to shorten your cables, or block airflow (take your pick) - A 10mm o...
Summary: I bought this before the LIAN LI PC-Q25B was available. It's basically the same thing but long rather than tall. Imagine taking this case and laying it flat on it's front or back and that's the PC-Q25B. It would work better as a headless server but wouldn't fit on a shelf. If you're interested in the PC-Q11B then also check out the PC-Q25B.
Pros: This is a high quality case, simple as that. It's very aesthetically pleasing. The size/shape is a perfect fit for a bookshelf I have. Many people have mentioned the power & HDD LEDs being too bright. They are bright but whether or not that bothers you is rather subjective. Just keep this in consideration if you plan on having the case placed directly in front of you.
Cons: The HDD rack could have been better designed. It seems like an after thought. I really wish it supported 4x3.5" drives rather than 2x3.5" and 2x2.5". I can't remove an egg for this since it's very clearly stated in the product description how many drives it holds. It's a VERY tight fit inside the case. I'm not going to remove an egg for this since it's a Mini-ITX case. It's still well designed for how little space there is to work with.
Summary: I originally built my system with a fanless Seasonic 460W full size PSU as it was intended as the next HTPC. The arrangement was very tight and ran hot at about 48 degrees C. I rebuilt it with a short Silverstone Strider 500W as recommended by another reviewer and added a Star Tech PCI slot fan in the second slot. (I have an XFX 6670 video card). This build ran about eight degrees coooler and was less stressful on the cables.
Pros: Lian Li Fit and Finish USB 3.0 connector for the motherboard PSU bracket and thumbscrews for easy replacement. Great Sale Price
Cons: Fan Aesthetics compromise room for PSU Tiny side screws are easy to lose. No extra hardware for klutzes Must disassemble PSU and MB connections to replace ODD. 3 Pin Power Led Connector
Summary: Overall, a great case for mini-itx board such as Zotec Z68ITX-A-E where power supply is available for overclocking and a medium power 2 Slot PCIe video board that are less than 9". It is rather large for mini-itx but not too intrusive and it is nicely finished.
Pros: -Case is very well made and sturdy using high quality anodized aluminum. -Vibration reduction mountings for chassis fan and 2 3.5" drives. -Front USB 3.0 header with USB 2.0 header adapter. -ATX power supply. Can supple power for full size video board and i5 or i7 CPU. -2 slot openings. Allow for double slot PCIe video board. Maximum 9" length for PCIe expansion. You will will have problem installing 9" video board with rear PCIe power connectors.
Cons: -Overly long cables. They should be half in length. -Allow only mounting one fan. -Fan intake from the both side mounted on a 1" stand off. The fan could be mounted directly on the front panel and would be provide better clearing for Corsair H60 Hydro CPU cooler with larger power supply. -8 tiny panel philip head # 1 screws per side. -Not Mac mini sized. Tall for mini-itx case and does not allow for side placement of feets.
Summary: In this case you should install a PSU that's smaller in depth than the standard 160mm, or your PSU cables will crowd the front fan. I installed a Silverstone Strider Plus ST50F-P and it worked out great. There's 83 mm clearance between the motherboard and the PSU. A low-profile CPU cooler is a must. I installed a Prolimatech Samuel 17 CPU cooler with a Scythe low-profile (12mm) PWM fan.
Pros: This case is well-constructed. The interior design is logical and clean; with space for four hard disks and one optical drive, it matches the typical mini-ITX motherboard SATA port quantities well. The large 140mm front case fan pushes a lot of air without a lot of noise. There are plenty of ventilation holes.
Cons: Rear I/O plate did not line up with the I/O ports until I added shim washers under the motherboard at the standoffs (could be the fault of the ASRock Z68M-ITX/HT motherboard, however). Replacement of the optical drive requires removal of both side plates, which is tough to do once the motherboard is assembled into the case and all the cables run to it.
Summary: PLEASE READ- Before doing anything install the 5.25'' DVD drive first because you must remove both side panels to put it in. The motherboard mounts to the one side panel so if you wait until afterwards you have to take it back out!!! I heard some other people talking about having to use the rear USB ports for the 3.0 front ports. Well I must have gotten the new revision because mine came with the 20 pin header AND the adapter to plug it in to a standard USB header.
Pros: Great size, USB3.0 front ports, beautiful brushed aluminum finish, high quality, double expansion slot (hard to find for mini ITX), accepts full ATX psu's for nicer availability. Everything's placement was well thought out, this is one dandy little case and well worth every penny. Also I love the hard drive ''cage'' at the bottom, the way it just pops out and you can install the hard drives on it and then just pop it back in. Ingenius.
Cons: There's a few, but the pro's far outweigh the cons. So I'm really just nit picking here. First, the side panel has 8 tiny screws that you have to take off to remove it. Kinda annoying, but not a huge deal once it's set up. Having a full ATX PSU kinda limits space for a decent CPU cooler. I was forced to use a stock cooler as my aftermarket low profile one, although it did barely fit, didn't have enough room to suck any air. So I think this case would be better off wit...