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Lian Li Shows Off the Roomy PC-9N Case

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Lain-Li has announced a new chassis, the PC-9N. While the PC-9N is a mid-tower chassis, it is absurdly roomy inside and has clearance for the most bizarrely huge components.

Lian-Li's new PC-9N chassis is built using almost all aluminum parts. The outside is brushed aluminum, and comes in two colors, silver in the PC-9NA and black in the PC-9NB. 

Lian Li has also opted for a number of interesting features. For starters, it has a rather new and innovative motherboard mounting system. Rather than a giant motherboard tray with a cutout behind the CPU socket, Lian Li has opted to go for a rail based mounting system. This rail mounting system should offer better thermals and more practical cable management. The rail system also uses fewer resources, thus making the chassis lighter and ever so slightly cheaper to build.

The enclosure can house up to three 5.25" optical drives, three 3.5" hard drives and a has a single mounting spot for a 2.5" SSD. The drive cage for the hard drives and the SSD is modular, so it can be rotated for airflow optimization or accessibility. Moreover, the mounting system is done with quick access thumb screws, and it has a system that should reduce noise and vibration. The optical drive bays are also of tool-less design.

An interesting bit is that the chassis has a massive amount of internal space for graphics cards and power supplies. First of all, the case features a grand total of 8 expansion slots, and as a result users could fit up to four graphics cards in the enclosure. Moreover, because there is nothing obstructing the length of the graphics cards, users can mount graphics cards that are up to 430 mm long.  The only thing blocking the length of the power supply is the hard drive and SSD bay, so as a result PSUs can be up to a staggering 300 mm long. CPU coolers can be up to 170 mm tall.

The case also comes with two fans: a front 140 mm fan, and a rear 120 mm fan. As a result, the chassis will have a nice positive pressure, preventing the system from sucking in dust through spots other than the air filter in front of the front fan. The front panel of the chassis can also be removed without tools, making for easy access to the air filter.

The top I/O of the case is built using a small door, underneath which hide two USB 3.0 ports and s pair of HD audio ports.

Availability is set for end of February in the U.S. with a MSRP of $109.99.

 

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    DRosencraft , February 22, 2013 5:29 PM
    A Lian Li case that has both style, function, and a low price tag... that's pretty nice. It certainly looks sleek, and hopefully other manufacturers start to use the modular/rail design for the mobo tray area. This really is a nice case if you're looking for a spacious and cheap air cooled case. I suspect the lack of top fans or bottom fans may be a bit discouraging even for the air cooling option, but all but scuttles any water cooling ideas without some modding or creative implementation.
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    COLGeek , February 22, 2013 5:32 PM
    Interesting design. I would definitely want to install the memory, CPU, and heatsink in/on the mobo before mounting to the case to minimize flexing the mobo.
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    esrever , February 22, 2013 5:49 PM
    Maybe its just me but I never really like aluminum finish.
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    freggo , February 22, 2013 5:50 PM
    Bought my first -of several- case from Lian Li several years ago; they maybe a bit more expensive than others but top quality. No regrets !

    And this at $110 MSRP seems to be a rather good deal.
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    g-unit1111 , February 22, 2013 6:05 PM
    That case looks sweet but it would be even better with a clear window!
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    N.Broekhuijsen , February 22, 2013 7:08 PM
    g-unit1111That case looks sweet but it would be even better with a clear window!

    Knowing Lian-Li there's probably gonna be a seperate loose side panel with a window for sale at some point. At least, Lian-Li did that a few years ago, not sure if they still do that.
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    lp231 , February 22, 2013 7:53 PM
    Don't know why everyone says their cases are good, is it because of the aluminum or something else.
    I find their cases to be over rated and over price. If you where to spend the same amount on another case, you may get a lot more features, than what they have.
    I remember working on a Lian Li itx case or something and the side panel was hold on with like 10 screws. After removing the side panel, I spend like over 15 minutes try to get that panel back on as the holes will not line up properly. Also those screws are cheap, they strip easily.
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    iknowhowtofixit , February 22, 2013 9:01 PM
    lp231Don't know why everyone says their cases are good, is it because of the aluminum or something else.I find their cases to be over rated and over price. If you where to spend the same amount on another case, you may get a lot more features, than what they have.I remember working on a Lian Li itx case or something and the side panel was hold on with like 10 screws. After removing the side panel, I spend like over 15 minutes try to get that panel back on as the holes will not line up properly. Also those screws are cheap, they strip easily.


    I have used Lian Li cases for ITX up to dual socket extended ATX. Never had a problem like you described.
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    Stevemeister , February 22, 2013 9:30 PM
    I think Lian-Li cases are great - I've built four computers using different sized cases and the quality and subtle features are second to none. The hard drive mounting system is the best on the planet for isolating vibration and everything fits perfectly with no squeaks or rattles.
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    Rhinofart , February 22, 2013 10:36 PM
    lp231. I think you may have gotten duped by an immitator. I've built over 20 custom rigs all with Lian Li cases, and not 1 issue. I still have, and use my original Lian Li PC-60 case my wife bought for me over a decade ago. I did manage to strip 1 screw, but that was my own fault. That 1 case has survived, and flourished through countless hardware refreshes. Athlon XP up to my current Intel 980x, and every single one of them have been Watercooled.
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    realibrad , February 22, 2013 10:49 PM
    I once had this issue, and it allows me to say that all products are terrible. I thought, hey, why not spend the extra few dollars, and get this thing, over that other thing. What a mistake! Turns out that the thing I got was horrible, and I would have been better off with the other thing what was cheaper even!

    Lesson learned I say...
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    JamesSneed , February 23, 2013 12:16 AM
    Built multiple rigs in Lian LI cases. The ones 10 years old or so did have a lot of screws but then did all other cases circa year 2000. They last forever so im just guessing here but the Lian LI case the negative poster used was probably 10+ years old. You do pay a little premium but they are a joy to build in, no sharp edges ever. Most of their cases also look very classy.
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    bryonhowley , February 23, 2013 4:13 AM
    I have built a few rigs for customers with Lian LI case's over the years and find there build quality top notch. But as for looks there are just not for me.
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    madjimms , February 23, 2013 8:02 AM
    Everyone loves to kiss Lian Li's ass. Personally I find "most" of their cases very Apple'ish.

    Yay aluminum!..... -_- All form & not much (in my opinion) functionality compared to other brands.
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    cozmosis , February 23, 2013 10:10 AM
    Form and function is exactly what Lian Li have. They are pretty much the only brand that offers excellent case design and maintains a more simple approach to aesthetics.

    Most other manufacturers that offer well designed cases (in terms of wiring guidance, airflow, mounting etc.) insist on covering the chassis in a montage of odd angles and sticking out bits as though it were designed for a 13 year old. Nothing wrong with that if it's what you're in to, but Lian Li just make more professional looking cases.
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    halcyon , February 23, 2013 10:19 AM
    It's a beautiful case and "...is built using almost all aluminum parts." BINGO. That's the wonderful thing about it. That it is extremely inexpensive is just icing on the cake.

    Quote:
    Everyone loves to kiss Lian Li's ass. Personally I find "most" of their cases very Apple'ish.

    You may want to talk to a therapist about that...unless you meant it as a compliment. I imagine you prefer plastic? Thermaltake has some cases just for you.
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    susyque747 , February 23, 2013 10:37 AM
    Always liked Lian Li, used their cases in my last 3 builds.
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    tlg , February 23, 2013 10:41 AM
    Lian Li's always looks very cool on the exterior. Unfortunately many of their models (independently of the price) are unpainted on the inside and also they provide bad (or lacking) airflow and very bad space management (some cases could fit A LOT more for the space used - particularly watercooling).
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    mortsmi7 , February 23, 2013 2:39 PM
    I had a Lian Li 7B plus II case for about 3 years. Last month I replaced it with a Corsair case. They both have and aluminum front panel and a clean, professional look.

    The corsair however has: excellent cable management, painted interior, filters, tool-less drives and side panels, heatsink cut-out, noise dampening, better front I/O placement, and is not a finger print magnet like the Lian Li.

    Well worth the extra $30. Sure it weighs more, but its not like I'm carting it off to LAN parties or something.

    Lian Li just feels overpriced when all you get is a lighter chassis and a clean look.

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    tobalaz , February 24, 2013 12:17 AM
    I loved my Lian Li I bought from Crazy PC. Slide out motherboard, all aluminum, 30 80mm fans and a 120mm fan with a laser cut decorative window. Added cold cathodes, looked sweet as heck, added bonus didn't need to crank the fans as high since the case itself acted like a giant heatsink.
    I still have it, next pc I build is going in there since my AMD Barton cpu and Abit Nforce board finally passed on.
    Really great, solid, clean build. Hard drive bays secured with thumbscrews for easy install and removal.
    I've tried Antec and Thermaltake cases in the same price range along with a fewand a few budget cases for the kids' pc builds and the Lian Li is my absolute favorite head and shoulders above the rest.
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