- Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower
- e-SATA / USB3.0 x 2 / HD Audio Front Ports
- 1 x 140mm front fan
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Everything You'll ever need in a case. 02/16/2014
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-TU200B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
This case has everything going for it; it's got style, excellent build quality, and portability. Those who have a more mature taste in cases will appreciate its craftsmanship and longevity over other plastic and flashy colors or lights. These are a few of my favorite things about this case
-Style; This case oozes style, it really stands out next to other chassis.
-Portability. The handle feels solid, the case has nice plastic corner guards, and the extra GPU support rods give me extra peace of mind while moving the case around.
-Build Quality, this case has an amazing build quality, from the extra corner protection to grommeted screws holding the front case fan on. i've seen other reviews of the cases not having motherboard standoffs and i had no such problem, maybe a quality control issue at one point.
-300mm graphics card support. Honestly, if you have a card over 12" long even most mid to full tower cases will have a tight fit. This also opens up the door to high power mobile gaming / workstation rigs.
-Mini-ITX form factor, with the growing market of APUs and Mini-ITX boards capable of throwing down with full ATX boards, this really opens the door to low cost mid range gaming, especially if Steamos takes off.
-Fan Filters, and two of them. one of the main reasons i chose htis case.
All the cons i have with this case are negligible, yet noteworthy.
-The brushed aluminum sides, while durable, do scratch and smudge easily. The case will last you if you treat it right.
-The HDD cage can be a double edged sword for some. If your a media junkie, the ability to house 4 3Tb HDD drives and an SSD give this a huge advantage over other small form factor cases. However, if your a gamer like myself the HDD cage blocks the only case fan and prevents the use of a radiator. This is con is negligible in my case *See other thoughts*
-Air flow, however in all cases this side the air flow is going to be restricted and the ability to place an additional fan on the bottom of the case helps greatly.
I used this chassis to put together a high power, portable, gaming rig including water cooling. to pull this off it took some forethought and elbow grease.
First i removed the HDD cage and installed a SilverStone 5.25in to slim ODD and 4 2.5" HDD/SSD giving me all the possible space i needed while still matching the brushed aluminum look.
Second i removed the front 140mm fan and installed a 140mm to 120mm fan adapter. this was the difficult part because the screws that go into the front fan were far to long for the adapter. a few drops of super glue worked fine. *although it stuck the rubber grommets to the case and i doubt that i am ever going to get that apart*
lastly i installed a corsair H80i with a push pull configuration, although i had to remove the push because i purchased a slightly longer video card, however i think i can still get the push fan on if i use the GPU support on the card.
I plan on building another rig for my wife using this case, although I'm going to wait for MSI to come out with their Mini-ITX FM2+ gaming board so i can utilize the new A10's
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