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Lian Li PC-100 Case For Motherboards Installed Back-To-Front

Lian Li PC-100 Case For Motherboards Installed Back-To-Front

Lian Li unveiled a radical rethink of the PC case, the new PC-100. The PC-100 is a long overdue redesign of the traditional PC chassis that is meant to improve cooling, prolong component life, and save space.

This mid-tower case is roomy enough for the longest graphics cards and largest E-ATX/XL-ATX/ATX motherboards, thanks to its innovative layout. It is also easy to assemble without tools.

According to the company, traditional case layouts have two serious barriers to optimal cooling, performance, and ease-of-use: firstly, they block airflow with a wall of hard disk drives inside the front of the case; secondly, important ports and connectors are at the back, making them difficult to access a defect that manufacturers can only try to address by adding a few front panel connectors.

The PC-100's redesign solves both these problems thanks to a couple of innovations. In the PC-100, the motherboard is rotated 180 degrees. So all those hard-to-reach connectors at the back of traditional PCs are now easily accessible at the front of the PC-100, and the graphics card is much closer to cool air drawn in at the front. Meanwhile, the hard disk drives are moved to the side of the case from their traditional location at the front (similar to Lian Li's recently released PC-90 chassis). The airflow direction remains the same, from the front of the case to the back, driven by two large, quiet 140-mm fans filling the rear of the case, and another 120-mm fan at the front.

Despite this redesign, there should be less cable clutter. The front panel keeps things neat, with a cable access door. If necessary, any cable can still be routed to the rear or side internally through ducts, so no extra cables protrude from the front of the case and the front panel can be opened without unplugging cables.

The PC-100 also offers enhanced hard drive cooling. With the top side of three hard drives now arranged flat against the outside of the case, they are able to radiate heat directly to the outside over a bigger surface area, instead of being crammed together in a stack as they are in traditional cases. And there's still unimpeded airflow moving across every drive.

Unobstructed airflow reduces noise, as well as keeping the PC cooler. To further control noise and vibration, there are rubber anti-vibration pads under the case, and the disk drives are isolated with rubber strips on the hard drive tray.

Other features that buyers have come to expect are still there, like washable air filters, a graphics card holder for stability and protection, and water cooling ports.

There's space for up to 8 full sized drives and 8 expansion slots. For removable and optical drives, there are two bays at the front of the case at the top to avoid obstructing air flow.

Source: Lian Li

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