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LIAN LI PC-9F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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  • Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
  • USB3.0 x 2 / e-SATA x1 / HD Audio Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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LIAN LI PC-9F Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

The LIAN LI PC-9F features aluminum finishing to provide superior cooling for your high-performance components. The case includes dual 120mm front fans and one 120mm rear fan for efficient ventilation.

This mid-tower case can accommodate Micro ATX and ATX motherboards. In addition, the case offers space for three external 5.25" dive bays, one 3.5" external drive bay (use one 5.25-inch to 3.5-inch converter), six internal 3.5" drive bays and eight expansion slots.

LIAN LI introduced the amazing PC-9F for the PC gaming fans and professional game players who are demanding.


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Thermal Solution

The PC-9F is equipped with large cooling fans, with low RPMs, which still provide enough air flow to cool down the hardware adequately. Two front 120mm intake fans and one 120mm exhaust fan power the air flow of the case.

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Removable HDD Rack

The HDD rack supports six 3.5-inch HDDs, secured using thumb screws with rubber suspension. Users can choose for their HDDs to face forward or backward.

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Removable Front Panel

The front panel is detachable and they can be removed without tools.

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USB 3.0 Multi-Media I/O Ports

Users can easily access USB 3.0, e-SATA and HD Audio ports.

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Supports standard ATX PS/2 power supply units

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Supports standard 5.25" optical drives

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Supports expansion cards up to 285mm

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Fan space on top.

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Liquid cooling vents

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Vented PCI bracket

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Air filter (Base)

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Opening for cables

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Case clamp

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What's in the Box

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Jesse W.
  • 11/1/2015 12:08:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Case I've ever owned

Pros: High Quality Aluminum Construction
ATX motherboard dropped right in. No extra stands needed
Plenty of hardware left over
No cheap tool less snap in garbage for drives and I/o cards
Light weight

Cons: over $100.
Aluminum does not feel like it could take a fall and not be mangled. Keep on floor that's what its designed for.
Case wires, audio, USB 3.0, sata cables are on top and could get in the way if you plan on using an optical drive

Other Thoughts: I would buy from them again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2015 7:15:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent case - incredible value!

Pros: I tried four cases before this for my new build - Thermaltake V51, Nanoxia Deep Silence 1, Antec V100 and Silverstone FT01B. Every single one of them had at least one serious flaw that I could not live with for the price paid. This case is exceptional for the price, especially with the 30% promo that Newegg was running.


1. All aluminum spacious case - light, yet rigid
2. Every part, every screw is machined to a high level of precision. It is a pleasure to see that everything from the front panel to the HDD cage to the side panels to the optical dive...all mount and dismount with great ease yet feel solid and well fitted. No gaping holes anywhere, no alignment issues, very good symmetry all through makes for a clean, professional looking build.
3. Nifty and innovative HDD/SSD mounting mechanism - a welcome change from the same rut in most cases
4. Pretty good cable management
5. System runs cool and reasonably quiet with stock fane (Core i5 4690k w/ Coolermaster Evo HSF, 3 HDDs + 2 SSDs, GTX 750 Ti)

Cons: 1. Noise level was higher than I expected (*relatively speaking*) with all three stock fans running. After replacing the 2 front fans with a Noctua 140mm fan the system is barely audible now.
2. Another 5 mm of space behind the MB would make for even better/easier cable management
3. Only "major" flaw in my opinion - One of the HDD bays (third from bottom if I remember correctly) when fitted with a standard 3.5" HDD positioned front to back gets obstructed by the frame in the back, rendering the bay unusable in that orientation. Remedy is to orient the drive with connections facing the left of the case.
3. As others have mentioned, the aluminum is thinner than some of the Lian Li case of yesteryears. At $100 though that should not be a concern. The case is solid for all practical purposes.

Other Thoughts: I seriously cannot think of a case (even at twice the price - Silverstone FT01B) that is better built than this one. Great value!

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  • S M.
  • 4/3/2015 9:06:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: * Lightweight
* Sleek design
* Optional 140mm Top fan
* Two USB 3.0 port on the top
* Enough room for my R9 290 (with the HDD rack installed)
* Slot for card reader

Cons: * The HDD rack does not separate into two parts (makes for bad airflow)
* You have to wire your HDDs from the front

Other Thoughts: The vent for the power supply (on the bottom of the case) is made up of slots rather than holes. I feel like it would have reduced airflow that way, but I haven't had any problems so far. I am honestly surprised the HDD rack did not separate. I, personally, only use two 3.5 drives at a time in my PC, so having all those empty racks there to block the two front intake fans really cuts the airflow.

Overall this is an amazing case. The first I've bought from Lian Li. Lian Li really does put a lot of though into their cases and customers.

Even though it has it's minor cons, I'd recommend this case to anyone that wants a sleek minimal case with no tacky "gamer" look.

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  • Roger W.
  • 3/6/2015 7:03:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Case for An Entry Level Workstation

Pros: A large ATX case that is perfect for an entry level workstation. Excellent cooling capability. Comes with removable filters for the front fans which blow over the harddrive cage. The internal hard drive rack can accommodate up to six hard drives with an effective sound deadening. Internally, this case can handle long graphics cards.

Cons: The aluminum feels a little flimsy compared to a Lian-Li Case I purchased in 2002. Fitment is not as tight as the older case.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this case for an engineering workstation build featuring an ASUS P8C WS, an Xeon E3-1250V2 CPU, 32 GB of DDR3-1600 with ECC, a 970GT EVGA graphics Card, a Pioneer Blue Ray Burner and a 10 GB RAID 5 harddrive array.

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  • Mark H.
  • 3/6/2015 12:59:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLian Li PC-9F

Pros: The right size for me, easy to work in, weight. It has all the fans I need. AMD 6950 runs in mid 20's with cool master 212 evo. When playing Total War games it goes up to high 30's according to core temp. You can install the biggest graphic cards with no problem.

Cons: Like everyone else the poor design of the @#% front panel connectors break off. No removable motherboard tray.

Other Thoughts: Some complain that the top fan is not included, this never bothered me. I replace all fans with Corsair fans. It runs a little loud, but I don't notice it anymore. The HD rack holds six, but it cuts down on airflow, so I cut it half for better airflow. I'm a true fan of Lian Li cases.
I enjoy the Total War games and this case is all I need.
My rig: Lian LI PC-9F
AMD 6950 cpu
Asus Sabertooth MB
EVGA 760GTX 4gb
16gb Corsair Vengeance 1866mhz
Corsair 850 power

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  • Chris L.
  • 10/13/2014 1:01:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsExcellent access, poor construction materials

Pros: Like every other Lian Li case I've owned (this is the third), stripping it down and moving things in, out, and around, is nearly a joy. It's full of thoughtful little3 touches.

Cons: The materials used in the case are exceedingly poor. The aluminum in the case is perhaps half as thick as previous Lian Li cases I've owned, and warps easily.

The front panel attachments, in particular, are prone to breakage. I've had mine for only SIX MONTHS, and taken the panel off TWICE since assembly, and in three of the four clips holding it on have broken. At this point I have to hold the front panel on with tape. For a case that costs over $100, that's unacceptable.

Other Thoughts: If better materials used in construction, this would be an exceptional case.

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  • Jason C.
  • 10/6/2014 11:43:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's alright.

Pros: Typical Lian Li quality (very good). The finish is always nice. Good design for cooling. Not flashy in the sense that it doesn't have windows, pretty lights, and it doesn't look like it was dropped out of an alien spaceship. These are all good things.

Cons: I have quite a few gripes with this case. In no particular order:
1. No removable motherboard tray.
2. The 140mm opening in the top of the case for an additional fan.
A: The motherboard is mounted extremely close to the top of the case... so that a fan either doesn't fit between, or just barely.
B: The screws are so absolutely tight holding the cover on, if you remove the cover then decide you want to put it back on, the black finish on the screws will be marred.
C: If you do manage to mount a 140mm fan, the case does not come with any kind of screen or cover for the fan... so it's just completely exposed.
3. I got a Rosewill media card reader to mount into one of the front bays. Luckily it fit in the bottom bay where the 3.5 inch adapter normally is, because the top two bays have a metal flap preventing the media card reader from inserting all the way.
4. The wires for the two front case fans are too short to adequately reach the case fan headers on the motherboard. For the cost of a extra few inches of tiny gauge wire, this is really annoying.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a good case. Lian Li is a brand that I still like and would absolutely buy their products again... I just wouldn't buy this particular case and wished I would have kept looking.

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  • Ryan P.
  • 7/14/2014 3:28:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove This Case!

Pros: Lightweight, cool, clean look, easy to get stuff in and out of, and it is cheap for a Lian Li case.

Cons: Lacks a top fan.

Other Thoughts: This has been the best case I have ever had. It is a good split between cost and features, and it more than holds all my components. I hope Lian Li makes more mid-range cases like this because this one is awesome. It would be nice if they included a top fan instead just having the option for one, but the three that are included are very good, and they keep my computer running cool without much sound.

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  • Tom Y.
  • 7/8/2014 11:27:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbest case I have ever had

Pros: I have built many computers in my life. this case has the most room, easiest mechanism for hard drive mounting. PSU on the bottom, which makes sense to me so it is not top heavy. Plenty of room for pci cards, graphic cards, etc. I use an i7-sandy bridge 3930K 6 core, 32 GB, ASUS Radeon HD 7790.

I have swapped out countless drives with only needing to remove the side panel. Headache of upgrades removed! Placement of commonly upgrade components perfect for minimal to no tool need.

Cons: Cost, but you get what you pay for.

I wish it is easier to get all the little power, reset, hdd, speaker leds plugged into the motherboard, but there is no real solution to sovle that.

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  • Jacob S.
  • 4/24/2014 5:00:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsQuality case

Pros: - Solid high quality materials and construction
- Well-planned design (cable management, drive locking mechanism, airflow)
- Small touches like removable / cleanable fan filters make this feel like you're getting a lot for the money.
- Very cool case with my setup (augmented stock fans w/ a few Silverstone 120mm)
- Decent amount of space and expandability.
- Very modular and easy to work with in terms of opening and securing the various pieces. Both sides and the front are easily removable, and everything is a cinch to get to.

Cons: - Power buttons are little cheap feeling
- Front of the case pops off a little two easily for my taste

Other Thoughts: I've used this case for over two years now and it's been excellent. The filters protect the interior from probably 85% of the dust that would otherwise enter the case. I don't overclock much, but my temps are always very low. Much lower than any other setup I have had.

Additionally, the modularity makes working w/ components much easier. For example, the hard drive locking slider is mechanically simple yet, brilliantly effective. But if I want to get to the front fans behind the drive rack, it's just a couple hefty (meaning quality) thumb screws and I can remove the whole rack.

The whole case is built like this. Each panel comes off independently. If you're changing the CPU fan and need quick access to the back motherboard tray, you have two thumb screws and the panel pops off. Same on the other side. The front pops off using locking pressure clips. I haven't removed the top, but I know it's similarly easy.

You can tell that a ton of thought goes into how these cases are actually USED. These are built by people who listen to their customer base and who understand the sorts of problems and pain points that are associated w/ cases.

A quick example is the types of hardware screws used. This whole case is assembled with (I'm admittedly guessing) maybe 3-4 types of screws total. Most of the relevant ones are a hefty thumb screw (philips head top, if you want to tighten a bit more). This simple fact--that I generally don't have to deal with more than 1-2 screw types, and that these are well-made and easily distinguishable from each other--makes working w/ the case so much easier.

I don't see myself buying from another manufacturer. You may pay slightly more (although this one is very reasonable), but what you gain in return is absolutely worth it.

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