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: 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: Before I replaced the case fans, the temps averaged about 60-65C. When I replaced the case fans and undervolted my APU; that got the temps to go below 45C. That's with 6 HDDs and 1 SSD. On another note, installation of interior components took a lot of planning/redoing and I even broke a cable holder that's built into my PSU because there wasn't enough space for it.
Pros: -Plenty of bays -Easy to take off/put on side panels -Rubber grips for HDD bays to reduce vibration. -Great quality case overall
Cons: -Cable Management? No room for it especially when you want to have a video card in the case. You might be able to get away with a 650 Ti with 6 HDDs and 1 SDD. -Stock fans are pretty loud and airflow rather poor so I had to replace them to improve the temps and airflow in the case. -Can't remove the top of the case; made it hard to install 24 pin and 4 pin on mobo since the PSU is directly on top of the mobo.
So many improvements yet still lacking in power supply length
Ben O., Newegg
11 November 2013
Summary: Intel Pentium G3220 LGA1150 3.0GHZ (for lower case temps) MSI Z87I Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ CL8 x2 (low profile is important here) Samsung 840 256GB Pro x2 RAID0 PC Power and cooling Silencer 610 (49 Amp 12 volt rail) EVGA GTX 770 OC edition I was worried the "weak" 3220 would be a big bottleneck Quick comparo: Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHZ was getting 125fps in Diablo 3 3220 @ 3.0GHZ is now 244 fps in D3 Same drivers same windows load swapped drive over after...
Pros: Let me start by saying I absolutely love this case, the finish, the quality, the simplicity, I LOVE the ability to put a full size card such as an Nvidia GTX 780ti or now trumped Titan in this mini powerhouse. They've come a long ways from the PC-Q07's with the 6 tiny laptop size screws to remove one side now it simply pops-off. I love it! I love the pseudo hot swap bays (can be made true hot swap with appropriate RAID card) one power plug per two hdd makes cabling ea...
Cons: MAKE SURE YOU REALIZE THERE IS NO OPTICAL BAY FOR CD-ROM ETC. (use a usb drive to install windows etc) In my opinion this case has an identity crisis, with the ability of so much storage for a home server (of which I highly suggest this case for) amongst the ability of a full size graphics card. Long(er) PSU's that you'd need to handle a graphics card such as a GTX 760 or 770 (or more amp hungry) are too long for this case. The power supply setup they've been using fo...
Summary: I really like the case. If they fixed the cons above, it would be the perfect NAS case.
Pros: Very small Good layout Hard drive cage
Cons: Very tight fit for power supply, especially where the power cables come out. It is .25" or less from the hard drive cage. No USB or reset switch on the front. The side panels are not fastened down by screws, but are held in place by these cheap snaps.
Summary: So this is a great little case if you want to make an ITX HTPC with lots of storage or a small server. You can cram eight (yes I said 8) hard drives into this little bugger. It is supposed to hold five 3.5 inch drives in the hot-swap bay and an additional three 2.5 inch or two 3.5 & one 2.5 inch on the bottom of the case.
Pros: Holds eight (yes 8) hard drives Lian Li quality materials Quality fans Lots of hardware included ATX PSU support
Summary: This is a great case and I would recommend it to anyone with similar build needs.
Pros: The case hoses my NAS box, and has plenty of room for hard drives. I love that it does not force a CD/DVD drive on you as well. The fans come with screens to keep the insides as cleans as possible and the side panels come on/off extremely easy which is a plus.
Cons: The ONLY issue I currently have with the case is the stock fans could be quieter. My temperatures are great so they do the job, but I may end up swapping them out with something that runs a little quieter.
Summary: Love WHS 2011. It wakes all my computers up every night and backs them up then backs itsself up, streams media and stays out of the way in te daytime.
Pros: Built a Windows Home server using this case. Great product. Easy access to disks and effective anti-vibe disk mounts. Effective and quiet ventilation. Well made. No sharp edges. Now WHS 2011 wakes my computers up every night and backs them up then backs its self up, streams media and gives remote access.
Cons: Takes a full sized ATX PSU and it is hard to find one short enough to fit. This one* works just fine but is rated 500W powering a system that draws about 100W max. * SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply Item #: N82E16812186052
Summary: No place to mount a DVD drive, but I didn't need that for my home server.
Pros: Bought this case for use in a home server with RAID5. Really like the 5 hot swappable drive bays. I also like the design of the hot swappable bays compared to some other cases I've worked with. There is a plastic strips that screws to the side of the drive. Then the drive slides easily in to the bay. Other hot swappable cases I've used have a tray in which to mount the drive. They often have very small space for screws and are just more of a nuisance to mount. This is...
Cons: Case is a bit more expensive than most. There were four mounts for the motherboard. Didn't use the standard configuration that most boards have (in which you screw in the brass stand offs). One of the four was broken. Since these aren't the standard screw in type I couldn't simply replace it. Motherboard was adequately mounted with only 3 screws and didn't want to go through the hassle of an RMA.