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Pros: This case perfectly meets my needs, so, let's get into the goodies:
- Excellent water-cooling support. You can build a real high end system and custom water-cool it easily in this case.
- Supports up to two 360mm radiators, and a 240mm radiator at once.
- Plenty of storage options with four 2.5" mounts and four 3.5" mounts.
- The rear side chamber has plenty of space to hide cable excess, clutter, and mess.
- Incredibly elegant case. Pictures do no justice.
- Excellent panels, and filters, all easy to remove and clean.
- Support for true E-ATX boards (274mm wide boards.)
- Despite it's size, very light weight.
- The bottom framing makes it relatively easy to carry.
- The shipping box is perfect. Not "over packaged," and definitely will protect the product.
- Two different mount locations for water-cooling.
- Functional and attractive front I/O.
- The main chamber is incredibly spacious and nice to work in.
These are just some of my favorite aspects. There are plenty more pros, but let's mention the few gripes I have.
Cons: Some small issues I have with the case, that others might run into:
- The optional front fan bracket is kind of an odd addition. Unless you use a bunch of fans to intake air from the rear chamber, the front three 120mm fans in the main chamber would like be "choking," or not being fed enough natural air.
- You can't use 360mm radiators on the optional front fan bracket. the bracket basically rests along the case floor, and since radiators are slightly larger than the fans they attach too, it doesn't fit.
- The case is riveted together. This won't affect many people, but for those does will be frustrated. For case modders and DIY'ers, this just adds extra steps. Not a huge deal for most.
- The cutout for USB Type-C is in the panel, but Lian Li doesn't included it with the case. You'll need to buy a special I/O accessory kit, which will have a native header (different from USB 3.0/3.1 19-pin internal header, I believe) when it releases.
- As with many cases of this aluminum, they can show finger marks easily. Keep it clean!
- Not a big deal as most won't use 80mm fans, but I thought the case supported up to five. Yet there are only three mounting locations.
Other Thoughts: Since building my PC about six months ago, I'd been struggling to find the proper case. I wanted something elegant, modern, and sleek, to house a high end custom water-cooled E-ATX system, without being overly massive. When I hard of this case, I waited (very impatiently) for it's arrival, and got it on day one. When it came in, I sat down and started to measure things for clearance issues, for when I transfer my PC into the case. There's about 80mm of clearance from the top of the motherboard to the top radiator mount. There's about 70mm of clearance from the case floor to the bottom of the motherboard. Accounting for cables and such, I would recommend not using radiators thicker than 45mm. The case is big but not over bearing, and just really is a jaw dropper. I previously had a Phanteks Evolv TG case before this one. I thought the Phanteks case was the best looking I ever had, but this case tops it. And it does it so, meeting all my build requirements.
Lian Li will eventually sell front panel kits for the USB Type-C cut out, as well as PCI risers kits to vertically mount your graphics cards. Although this will restrict floor mounted fan and radiator options.
The windows have a copper/bronze tint which is a medium shade.
I'm looking forward to doing some simple mods, such as painting the exterior panels and drilling a few holes for my own custom mounting and passthroughs. For the price, this case is an absolute bargain and my favorite case ever. I'm so excited to transfer my components. Specs:
- Intel i7-6950X
- ASUS Rampage 5 Edition 10
- Corsair Dominator Platinum 4x8 GB, 3,000 MHz
- Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD
- Western Digital Black 6TB HDD
- 2x NVidia GTX 1080's in SLI
- Corsair RM1000X PSU (1,000 watts)
- Custom water-cooling loop using EKWB hardware
Pros: This motherboard is honestly probably one of the best motherboards you can buy. Not just from a gimmicky standpoint, but from the actual quality pieces. When you hold this motherboard, it feels heavy. You can feel all the components on and in it. There are a plethora of features, but, I'll go over some of my favorite aspects of the board.
- Depending on your CPU, 28 or 40 PCI lanes. But the PCH controller on the board takes care of the PCIe x1 and PCIe x4 slots, so those won't eat up bandwidth of your 28 or 40 lanes.
- NVMe SSD support.
- "H-AMP" fan header. This allows 3 amps of power through one fan header, which is well more than enough to cool the six Noctua NF-F12 fans in my build.
- The lighting software is simple and easy to use. The LED's also look great.
- Convenient features, that I didn't think I'd need but ended up actually using in the build process. Such as shutting off PCIe lanes, or the on-board power and reset switches.
- Depending on your system configuration, up to 10 SATA-III drives. 11, if you use a SATA drive in the M.2 slot.
- Dedicated header for watercooling pumps.
- Excellent BIOS that are easy to use, and update.
- Plenty of headers for various needs, like multiple USB 2.0 headers and USB 3.0 headers, as well as ROG_EXT, TPM, and the 12+/R/G/B "5050 LED" header, that works with the Aura software
- The drivers come on a USB stick. This was also beneficial to me, as my case doesn't have optical drive bays and I'm not using one.
- Plenty of ports on the rear, and the inclusion of a USB Type-C plug definitely helps "future proof" the build some.
- Unlike some older boards from ASUS with a rear I/O internal cover, this board's is actually metal and serves as an actual supplementary heatsink.
- The rear I/O panel was done quite nicely. It's built into the motherboard, and basically you only mount a rectangle that slips onto the board inside the case for the rear I/O. A very clean look.
- The lighting and software work with my case (Phanteks Evolv ATX TG), as it has built in RGB lighting as well.
Cons: There aren't many, but I'll list some of the small gripes I did have with this board.
- First is the LED's. As much as I love them, by default they stay one when the system is powered off. Also, when the colors are darker, the PCH cover doesn't quite match too well.
- Top top PCIe 3.0 x16 retention clip is very hard to reach ones a full length graphics card is installed. You need to use a thin device to poke at it to set it back to remove a GPU once installed.
- This one is related to the PCIe lanes. While the PCIe x1 and x4 are controller by the PCH, all four PCIe 3.0 slots, two SATA slots, and the NVMe are all controlled through the 28/40 CPU lanes. Utilizing the M.2 slot disables two of the SATA slots, as well as the last/bottom PCIe 3.0 slot. Not a huge deal, but something to be wary of.
- The integrated audio. I haven't tested it, as I have no real need to, but it'd be nice to see a cheaper version of this board without the included DAC/Amp 5.25" device. As I said before my case doesn't even have these bays, and anyone truly serious about audio should really get either a true soundcard or USB DAC (and amplifier if applicable.) It's nice to have higher end audio, but, for those already invested a cheaper option of the board wouldn't hurt.
- Another NVMe/M.2 slot would have been awesome. This board allows for two GPU's running at PCIe 3.0 x16. So, with a 40-lane CPU, you'd obviously still have eight lanes left. Which would be enough for one extra M.2 drive.
Other Thoughts: I'd definitely recommend this motherboard, but on certain conditions I suppose. If you're planning on getting a 28 lane CPU (Intel i7-5820K/i7-6800K), just get a cheaper motherboard. If you're planning on getting something like the Intel i7-6850K and this board, I'd like rather see you get a cheaper motherboard and the i7-6900K. Basically, don't compromise other parts of your build just for the looks and "fun" things this board has to offer. If you plan on running a high end system though, with multiple GPU's, NVMe drives, a few SATA drives, perhaps some obscure PCIe devices other than GPU's... I'd recommend this motherboard. It has all the features you could ask for, and the performance/built quality to match, you just will pay a lot of money for it. The system I'm using should last me quite a long time before I need to upgrade. It's definitely a "gamer marketed" board, but, with it's components and features, I'd say it's realistically the most top of the line board you can get. On a side note, because of my case officially support "264mm wide" motherboard, and this one being 272mm wide, I had to remove the backplate and side-mounted LED piece. The good news is, everything on the board still functions perfectly fine without it. Also, EKWB has released a monoblock kit, for all you watercoolers interested.
- Phanteks Evolv ATX TG
- Intel Core i7-6950X
- ASUS Rampage V Edition 10
- Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 64GB (8x8, 3,200MHz, 15-17-17-35, 1.35V)
- Intel 730 Series 480GB
- Western Digital Black 6TB
- 2x GTX NVidia 1080 Founder's Editions (SLI, obviously)
- Corsair RM1000X
- Full custom watercooling loop using EK hardware, with six LTT Edition Noctua NF-F12 fans
This review is from: Phanteks PH-HDDKT_01 3.5" HDD Bracket Specified for Phanteks Enthoo Series cases
Pros: The device did exactly what I needed it to do. I removed the front 3.5" HDD bracket in my Phanteks Evolv ATX TG case to allow me to use a front-mounted 360mm radiator. But, I still needed one slot for a 3.5" HDD. After seeing there was a mounting mechanism for this HDD caddy in the basement, I ordered it and it allowed great fitment for the one 3.5" drive I needed. Less than five minutes to install.
Cons: It'd be nice to see a tool-less revision. It would also be nice if this were to have been included with the case.READ FULL REVIEW