Summary: I bought this case along with 5 x 3TB drives for a FreeNAS file server and this case is perfect. It couldn't be any more perfect for this application. Take care when choosing a power supply. I went with the Silverstone ST45SF and I have plenty of room to spare. (A normal power supply will block access to the motherboard or may not fit at all.
Pros: Side panels pop off without any screws. 5 HD bays with a backplane. Thumb screws everywhere. High quality.
Cons: 140mm front fan rattles on occasion and needs to be fiddled with. Front LED is too bright for my room so I disconnected it.
Summary: This is my first Lian Li product. The very first thing that stood out upon arrival was how solidly constructed the entire unit was. The metal used is significantly thicker than any other case I have previously owned. Even with someone telling you it may still surprise you as well. The finish is quite nice. A very solid and good looking case for sure (looks better in person).
Pros: Great looking case Very solid construction Holds a lot of drives in a very small space 5 Hotswap bays Easy to get side panels on and off Can change heatsink without de-installing motherboard Removable motherboard tray
Cons: Fan does not blow directly across all drives Hard drive noise Blue LED too bright Some PSU's may have issues without Lian's adapter Hotswaps aren't entirely plug and play
Summary: This is a multi-use home server machine. "Idle" is 2 empty Minecraft servers and a rather busy seedbox. Other services running include FTP, RDP, WINS, Active Directory with file and media shares. CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2Ghz Dual Core MoBo: ASUS H87I-PLUS Micro-ITX RAM: 2X4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR31600 9-9-9-24 PSU: Corsair CX430M Case: LIAN LI PC-Q25B OS Drive: Samsung 830 64GB SSD Seed Drive: Samsung 830 64GB SSD Storage: 2 Seagate 3TB in RAID1
Pros: A true work of art. For such a small form factor case there is an incredible amount of room in this thing. Completely sleek exterior makes for a nice show piece, fits well even on an entertainment stand. Side panels have a secure, low risk for breakage attachment mechanism and the fans are near silent with no-tool removable air filters. The HDD bays and sliders have very nice fitment, once they're locked in there is very little to no play in them. Bottom tray mounting...
Summary: If the hdd caddy was designed for cable runs to the back of the system, this case would be much nicer. There is no real good way to run cables to the back of the caddy where you need to. Perhaps flip the caddy around so you insert the drives in the "rear" of the case while all of your cable connections would remain on the same side.
Pros: Compact Case, Really nice aluminum finish. SImple design. Quiet. HDD Space! Modular Fan System is awesome!
Cons: Did I mention it was small? In order for me to get the motherboard in there and wired, i have to remove the power supply while leaving the PS attached to the MB. It's almost too small. An extra couple of inches to the length would definitely help make the cable runs actually have room.
Summary: I use this case as a wiping station for hard drives. It works perfectly since this is a hot swap case and you do not have to run cables to each hard drive. Plug in, wipe, and your done. I'm using a Lexar ZX micro USB to house multiple bootable ISO files including DBAN.
Pros: Lots of drive bays in a small package -- perfect for a fileserver (which is what I built). 5 hotplug bays plus 3 more spots on a removable base plate, and everything fits together nicely.
Cons: The opening for the power supply is tight -- I had to peel the decals off the power supply to get it to fit. There's not a lot of room for unused power cables, and if you don't secure stuff carefully, stray cables will jam the fans.
Summary: Using this case as a dedicated NAS server with a ASRock E3C226D2I Intel G3220 Kingston 4GB ECC RAM Corsair CX430 PSU and 2X WD Red 3TB 1X Seagate Barracude 3TB 30GB SSD(OS) plenty of room for expansion. From first startup this case gave me problems the front 140mm fan filter was not properly finished with burrs around the edges and the fan hit these each revolution making a loud racket. I removed the filter altogether and used tape to create the vacuum in the front.
Pros: 5 Hot Swap Bays Compact Toolless Design
Cons: Runs warm Fans are somewhat loud with filter QA issues Cramped Cable Management No Front USB Bright LED Power Button
Summary: One of the reviewers mentioned to get left angle SATA cables. If you do that, they will angle upward, not down. You are better off with two longer right angle ones for the top two bays, then 3 or more right angle slightly shorter ones as you move down the drive housing and get closer to the motherboard. If anyone cares about this kind of thing the powerLED is blue.
Pros: - 5 hot pluggable bays - This version supports both molex and SATA power connectors. Thumb screw plate for PSU which helps on initial install and troubleshooting later on. - Small footprint. - Can take the sides off very easy without tools.
Cons: - A little harder to work on with the ATX PSU on top of it all. - Pay attention to the mobo stand-off when you take it out so you put it back right. The bottom goes inside the case frame and the top outside of it. I could see doing this twice if you put the bottom on the outside.
Summary: SATA connectors are now situated horizontally unlike previous versions that required "left-angle" SATA connectors to prevent an unhealthy bend radius. I will absolutely recommend you get 5 angled SATA connectors, and go ahead and wire up all bays regardless of if you are using them initially or not.
Pros: I got this to replace an aging Drobo, and move to something with some better reliability. I decided to build my own NAS out of cost and performance considerations. (Went with unRAID as my OS. Not the most advanced, but it does a good job and is easily recoverable in the event of data loss.) The case itself is PERFECT for a NAS. No 5.25" bay, 5 hot swap 3.5 bays, and more mounting area on the floor of the case. I currently have 5*2tb drives in the main bays, and a 256g...
Cons: Noise. Stick this thing in a closet or replace the fans. I have it sitting in my wiring closet, but I can hear it when I'm in there. If you're going to sit it somewhere that's out in the open, change the fans to some Fractals or something quiet. Fingerprints. It is a total fingerprint magnet. While it's not a real issue, it's just a minor annoyance.