Summary: I bought this for a custom FreeNAS server. I didn't see many other cases that could accommodate the six drives I wanted to use. This one can support seven, eight if you want to put a bay in the 5.25" slot. Though this is a micro case, it is very wide. The PSU is partially over the CPU, so there isn't too much room for a large CPU. It's a very roomy case with great airflow. It's a well built case, but requires a lot of work to open and set up.
Pros: Tons of space for drives and passive cooling.
Cons: Power supply over the CPU doesn't give as much space for large heat sinks as one might expect from this case. Removing the lower drive cage requires removing the upper drive cage first.
Summary: I haven't tried it yet but wanted to, and someone else's review saying the SSd slots aren't in a usable area is a bummer. Someone else also said the front 2 fans can't reach the fan control on the back... but there was no problem for the person who put my pc together?
Pros: Looks: Clean, simple, nice. Functionality: This is my first build and I did not really assemble anything but watched every moment, and it seemed to be much easier to work in compared to my prebuilt HP pc from ~6 years ago. USB3.0 on the front i nice (and why I bought this cas). No idea what the difference between "HD" and non-HD audio is... but that's nice too. The memory card reader was 1 of the 4 reasons I got this case, but I've changed my mind and now have no use ...
Cons: 1. BIG DEAL!!!: The case is NOT!!! 9.65" (w). I don't know if this is newegg's or Lian Li's fault, but as a result of the case being 9.95" I had to buy a new desk - not happy. 2. 8 small side panel screws. Why is this necessary? 3. Personal preference: Would have liked the headphone jack on top of whatever the pink/red hole is; since my case is going under me, I'm having concerns my headphone cord will not be comfortably long. 4. Brightness of power button: What? Why'...
Summary: This is the first case I have ever spent more than $50 on and I am satisfied. It looks great and was worth the money. I am using it to house a server system for my personal files. Quiet and good looking is all I need out of this build. This case also includes a fan controller, however, it seems to only have a limited amount of fan speed adjustable.
Pros: Fits everything a micro atx system could need. Has room for a dedicated GPU and possibly a decent sized cooler. Fits plenty of hard drive spots and the included fans (3 120mm fans) are quiet and move a decent amount of air. They also have their own fan guards. This system looks great sitting in the corner of my desk. The blue fans are not super bright and they look good. The build quality is pretty good too.
Cons: Side panel is just dumb. Its held in by 8 little screws. Its not fun when you take it on and off a few times when getting things dialed in. I would not buy this for a gaming rig or something you plan on opening up often.
Summary: Top fan DOES NOT need to be removed to install optical drive...as others have complained...just remove the drive tray (4 screws). Actually reading the instructions would have helped people with that one! Also, the optical drive must be lowered into the tray rather than pushed through the back of the tray--as it wont fit that way...another reason to follow directions.
Pros: It's a Lian Li. Light weight. Pretty well designed. Definite leader in quality. After removing HDD cages, ANY size gpu's will fit with ease. Enough clearance for any cpu air cooler. Enough room for liquid cooling and two gpu's without being too packed.
Cons: Cable for front fans cannot reach rear fan controller; side panels fit poorly and are not flush at corners allowing gaps. Had hard time fitting intel socket 2011 liquid cooling due to poor placement of rear fan mounting holes--same for top fan. I had to mount to bottom front fan.
Summary: okay so I used to laugh when other people complained about the size of screws but honestly, there is no need for the incredibly small screws used on the case and certainly not a reason why they needed to put 8 on each side to take the cover off.. One of the fans in the front was turned around and facing the wrong direction but past that the case was perfect. This is my 3rd Lian Li case and they are always top quality and well built.
Pros: good airflow, if you can't fit it all in here, you probably shouldn't have bought an m-atx case
Summary: Bought this case just over a month ago, and its price has since dropped by $50 Grrrrrrr :( Anyhow, it's a great case. Beautiful, fits all components perfectly, instructions are clear, has two front USB 3 hookups, which is nice, and pretty blue LEDs, plus three case fans. Expensive and not easily portable, but at least it's not a cheap-looking plastic case. Five eggs, minus one for the price drop.
Pros: Small Light Steel, not plastic! Quiet Pretty Lots of space and inputs
Summary: I am a perfectionist and a fine woodworker so mods-r-me. The case is all aluminum and is probably just fine without the hole. M/B attaches directly to the side panel so it must be wired with the case upright and the panel down. CPU fan is situated under side of PSU so there is room for the stock PSU fan or another low profile CPU fan, but nothing tall (consider using Scythe SCBSK-2100).
Pros: Beautiful fit and finish. ALL aluminum. SD card reader is a unique and necessary plus. Why don't all cases have this? Front panel connections are perfect for Intel micro boards. Great size for desktop. Adjustable fan speed knob in back. Typical superior Lian-Li quality, the Rolls Royce of PC cases.
Cons: Only one big complaint. PSU (Corsair HX550 or 650) needs an opening in the side panel for its intake fan. Otherwise, there is a 1" gap between the side panel and PSU fan, so air is pulled by PSU from inside the case. I used a 3.5" hole saw to cut a hole and then glue in place a wire mesh screen from the inside. (For a factory clean cut, use hole saw on interior face with exterior clamped down against a piece of waste wood. Measure twice, cut once. You can also just dr...
Good for "Set and Forget" but skip if you like to add stuff
Nick S., Newegg
11 April 2012
Summary: Using this for a HTPC. I realize it's a smaller case, but there had to be something they could have done to make the motherboard / pci slots / etc more accessible. Every time you want to add or change something it's no less than 13-14 screws just to get at it.
Pros: Plenty of room for hard drives. Includes a fan controller. Sturdy. Stylish design looks great in my entertainment center.
Cons: Takes 9-10 little screws to get the side panel off. You need to remove the power supply if you want to get at anything on the motherboard. LED fans are a bit obnoxious, and you need to remove the hard drive cages to get at them, which, is also not as easy as it could be. Not really any usable cable management system.