- 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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Extra information if anyone is interested 06/20/2013
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-A76 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
The fan mount with the 3 x 140mm fans pre-installed can actually be removed. It is mounted using 8 normal case screws. This was an unexpected surprise in a good way since I was already planning on machining a 3 x 120mm fan mount for a water cooling radiator.
There are actually 20 tapped screw holes in total on the front of the case so you can really go nuts mounting a custom bracket if you so desire.
The giant 12 drive 3.5mm hard drive bay is secured using a combination of rivets and screws. I'm not entirely sure why this is the case, although this is my guess: To the front and on the bottom of the hard drive bay, rivets are used. At the back, screws are used to secure the hard drive bay to a supporting column. I'm guessing this column was taken from a pre-exisiting manufacturing process which taps screw threads. During the manufacturing of this case, normal holes are drilled (at a cheaper cost.)
I'm not too happy about this in general, although I knew about this (by looking at the pictures) in advance before buying this case. I predominately own Lian-Li cases whom in the past have almost always taken the time to mount things to the case frame using screws.
The case has some strange pre-drilled holes on the bottom. I'm not entirely sure what they are used for. In some Lian-Li cases you can rearrange the HD bays to your liking but it doesn't seem to be true in this case.
I didn't find a problem regarding the quality and width of aluminum used. The PC-7 case used slightly thinner aluminum than this case which was folded at the edges. The PC-V2010 used quite thick aluminum which was around 3-4mm thick.
All in all, this is an awesome case that can fit a ton of drives, even more if you go for a Lian Li EX-23NB which adds 3 x 3.5mm hard drive bays in the 2 x 5.25 bays for a total of 15(!) hard drives. If you were looking for a good case for a file server, this is the one for you.
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