- Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
- 1 x USB 3.0 / 1 x USB 2.0 / HD Audio Front Ports
- 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
- 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Oddball case, great look 11/27/2013
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-A05FNB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- All aluminum everything
- Nice black finish
- Surprisingly roomy
- Couple of cut fingertips
- Shortish power supply required
- Not sold on blowing heat forward
- Needs better insulation on the power supply extension
I got this case as a fun compromise in full ATX capabilities and small form factor, and overall, have been really pleased with it. It's got the Lian Li look of brushed aluminum and thumbscrews everywhere, and feels very sturdy while being remarkably light, though I wouldn't sit on it anytime soon. It's fully aluminum, which is rare enough in a case, but it's very thin aluminum, and I managed to cut myself on a few edges - don't expect the rolled edges of a steel case here. Aside from that, I did manage to wedge an entire ATX motherboard inside, and even managed dual R9 270's, creating one of the few Crossfires in this case - due to the power supply and hard drive mounting, you can usually fit one video card that is significantly longer than the motherboard, but if you go with more than one you'll definitely need a card shorter than a standard ATX motherboard - even as is, it's pretty tight in there. The case comes with two 120mm fans and has space for a 140mm blowhole (which comes blocked, but you can buy a grate for it), all of which run nice and quiet while moving a good chunk of air. One of the main selling points Lian Li makes is that the fans blow forward, sucking in from the back and pushing past the 3.5" drive bays out the front. I need to run more tests, but it's all sorts of backwards from the norm, and I'm suspicious of it. Lastly, I had once instance where I had the case open and the power supply switched off (but still plugged in, for grounding) and I touched the connector that runs from the back of the PC to the power supply, and lo and behold it bit me. I blame myself, but realize that even if your supply is switched off (which requires the front panel to be removed) there are still places in the case where 120VAC can be found.
1 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes / No Thanks for the valuable feedback you provided!