Expanding its line of all-aluminum small form factor chassis, Lian Li announced the launch of its PC-Q38 mini-ITX case.
Continuing the company’s recent “back to basics” trend, this chassis has no tempered glass or RGB lighting functionality. The PC-Q38 does have a side panel window, but it's made of acrylic. Lian Li proudly stated that even though this chassis, measuring 180 x 295 x 372mm (WxHxD), might look like a classic HTPC, it is optimized for modern full-sized hardware.
To that end, this mini chassis supports CPU coolers as tall as 140mm, graphics cards up to 315mm, and small form factor power supplies up to 140mm in length. Standard ATX power supplies can be installed using an optional mounting bracket. Although the PC-Q38 doesn’t ship with fans from the factory, the chassis has mounting locations for two 120mm fans in the top of the chassis. Radiators and all-in-one coolers up to 240mm can be installed in the top (or side, depending on orientation) of the case.
There are mounting locations for a single 3.5” and two 2.5” hard drives. I/O options include two USB 3.0 and HD audio jacks on the top panel of the case. The 2mm thick aluminum panels are held in place by metal push pins and are completely tool-less.
The rubber-padded aluminum feet can be easily relocated to allow the PC-Q38 to be used as traditional vertical desktop PC or positioned horizontally for use as an HTPC.
The PC-Q38 is available now with a MSRP of $110.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Lian Li PC-Q38|
|Case Size||Mini Chassis|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||180 x 295 x 372mm|
|Drive Bays||1 x 3.5"2 x 2.5"|
|Fan Support||2 x 120mm Top|
|Radiator Support||240mm Radiator Top|
|I/O||USB 3.0 x2HD Audio|
|CPU Cooler Max Height||140mm|
|GPU Max Length||315mm|
|PSU Max Length||140mm SFX (ATX PSU Bracket Optional)|
IMO, they should make a mini-STX case.
They probably mean dimensions, again, of the radiator: putting it squarely into 240mm class radiators. I wonder though if that 50mm includes the fans.
Either that or there's a radiator that is designed to accommodate specifically one 120mm fan and one 140mm fan. lol
I don't see a windowless version of this chassis (yet), but they do still offer a number of windowless mini-ITX cases:
Like you, I'm not a big fan of windows. But they make one of the few windowed cases I actually like:
That said, it costs 2-3x what I'm willing to spend on a case.