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Lian Li PC-6077, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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Overall, the PC-6077 had excellent results in our cooling tests and was among the leaders in temperature management, according to our testing results.

A look at the front-mounted ports on the PC-6077.

The PC-6077 is the first case we have received from Lian Li that included front-mounted, 1394/Firewire support, as well as a headphone and MIC jack. It is about time that Lian Li caught up with this innovation and incorporated it into their designs. The port door that covers these ports is made from aluminum, using a plastic type hinge. While the door feels exceptionally stiff, the hinges, on the other hand, felt somewhat sloppy; this led us to less than satisfactory door action. The tab used to open and close the door is somewhat on the small side. Lian Li could make this tab a little larger.

As we discussed in the drive bezel section, the PC-6077 includes Lian Li's integrated aluminum bezels for both the floppy and a single CD-Rom drive. The CD-Rom bezel, in particular, as we pointed out earlier in this review in among the best performing and high quality of these type of devices that we have seen. Much of this is due to Lian Li's method of bolting the bezel to the chassis, instead of relying on some sort of plastic or "stick" type of mechanism to permit movement of the front bezel during drive operations.

While only one optical drive bezel is included, Lian Li offers additional optical drive bezels that can be added to the PC-6077 at additional cost. The PC-6077 from Lian Li may not set the world on fire, as its innovations over previous Lian Li models come in smaller doses and fewer configurational changes than have been seen with the revisions of other manufacturer's cases. Still, there is much to like about the PC-6077. While it may not be "perfect" and still has a few 'nitpick areas' that we can find fault with, there is far more to like than to not like with the PC-6077. Lian Li does an excellent job in keeping with their traditions: a well manufactured case, an easy to understand, single sheet installation guide, and innovative features that distinguish Lian Li from its competition. While the PC-6077 may not appeal to everyone, many will find it to be an exceptional case for many applications. While we wish the PC-6077 would have had a window and some of the LED lighting on previous Lian Li models, normally Lian Li is not known for their aggressive approach. This is unfortunate, as we wonder what Lian Li could do if they tried to design an all aluminum chassis targeted at gamers with a far less mainstream conservative slant.

Still we can't find any reason not to recommend the PC-6077, as Lian Li continues to build its reputation for building very high quality cases with new features that consumers may find interesting.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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