- Aluminum ATX Full Tower
- USB 3.0 x 2 / USB 2.0 x 2 / HD Audio Front Ports
- 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
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The Limits of Aluminum 10/12/2012
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-A76 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
-As expected with a full tower case, there is plenty of room for anything you could want. Fits my XL-ATX motherboard with PLENTY of room left over.
-Extremely simple and elegant design. The black interior is beautiful; it swayed me to buy this over the PC-Z70B
-Installation of every component was a breeze. The front fans pop right out for quick cleaning, and the HDD's slide right in. SSDs can also be installed upside down which is kind-of neat.
-PSU can be installed with the main exhaust fan facing either down or up. This is awesome for those of us trying to cram as many cables behind the motherboard as quickly as possible.
-Cable management is superb. All of the front panel switches are already zip-tied to a support column which leads to the motherboard. TONS of room in the area behind the motherboard for all the cables you'll eventually use.
-Door blocks a lot of sound, but not a lot of airflow. There is a negligible difference in temperatures with the door open (less than 1 degree Celsius).
-Optional 2x120mm fans on the top of the case are perfect for closed loop liquid cooling, or 2 powerful fans. I run the fan configuration and the case stays just as cool as my other one which had 2x140mm fans on top.
-A con with almost all Lian-Li cases: smudging on the brushed aluminum exterior
-The airflow from the 3x140mm fans on the front panel is blocked by the HDD bays, which are not removable. However, the case does remain as cool as my old Lian-Li which had no HDD bay blocking the airflow.
-Only 3 slots for SSDs on the main HDD bay
*Build quality is suprisingly poor for a case in this price range. The aluminum feels flimsy and easily bendable, and the rubber grommets fall out constantly. For those buying the A75 (and A76 for that matter) they will notice that if you press in on the front panel it squeaks like an old rocking chair (due to the thin aluminum). If you have a good speaker system you'll hear the case rattle from the bass. It's the back panel which doesn't secure too tightly. Although this is a minor point, the sound dampeners feel very rough and poorly made compared to dampeners I've had in other Lian-Li cases. I expected much more from this manufacturer. (-2 eggs)
Although I'm dissapointed with the build quality, I don't regret buying this case at all. If this were in the $100-150 price range this case would easily deserve 5 eggs, and constant specials on Newegg leave that option open for you guys. It's an extremely impressive monolith stuck under my desk, but I just expected more from Lian-Li.
I owned their PC-50R for a year and was extremely impressed by the thick aluminum, solid sound dampeners, and overall quality of the case. The A76 seems like a budget version of my old case, yet it's more expensive. However, the price is hardly comparable considering that one is a full tower and the other is a mid tower (and I payed about the same price for the mid tower).
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