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Even Lian-Li's Test Benches Are Made Entirely Of Anodized Aluminum

If you're into benching a lot of hardware, you might want to have a look at Lian Li's latest announcement, the PC-T80. This is a new test bench from the Taiwanese manufacturer, which is built just like the rest of the company's cases, meaning you get a high-quality all-aluminum piece of hardware.

The PC-T80 has a highly modular construction, enabling a wide range of configurations. It is split up into three sections. The top section houses up to an XL-ATX motherboard, along with the graphics cards and CPU cooler. On top of the case you can mount a bracket upon which you can install either three 120 mm fans with a 360 mm liquid cooling radiator or up to three 2.5" or 3.5" hard drives. This bracket can also be mounted in the bottom section of the bench.

The bottom section houses the power supply and a hard drive cage. The cage supports up to three 3.5" drives, and more can be added or removed to make space for other hardware. The middle section of the bench has room for three 2.5" hard drives or SSDs.

You can also use a front I/O module, which has three USB 3.0 ports, the usual pair of headphone jacks, and a power button.

Of course, and as mentioned above, this is a test bench made out of high-quality aluminum, meaning that it actually looks rather striking. As a test bench, it seems a bit too restricting; however, we do expect various modders to be interested in picking one up for building open-air water-cooled PCs. With the right amount of patience it will certainly be possible to build a very neat machine into the Lian-Li PC-T80.

Lian-Li priced the PC-T80 at $169, with availability slated for the end of this month. It will be available in plain aluminum and black anodized aluminum.

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  • dovah-chan
    Looks wonderful for a bench. I wish I had the money (or PR support) to bench hardware as I would have tons of fun. But there is enough reviewers on the web and no room for any more v_v
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  • RooD
    I would use this as my actual case... I've thought about making an open case myself. My computer already sits up high and it would make cleaning simple, daily vacuum and brushing.
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  • applegetsmelaid
    I have the original test bench case from Lian Li and it's SHO AWESHUM.
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  • I would use this as my actual case... I've thought about making an open case myself. My computer already sits up high and it would make cleaning simple, daily vacuum and brushing.

    Someone must be bored...
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  • SkyBill40
    I would use this as my actual case... I've thought about making an open case myself. My computer already sits up high and it would make cleaning simple, daily vacuum and brushing.

    I agree. If I were in the market for a new case (which I am not - Corsair Obsidian 550D), this would be fantastic for precisely the reasons you mentioned.
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  • Amdlova
    I want thisssssssssssssssssssssss.........................
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  • Peter Martin
    I absolutely LOVE Lian-Li cases and equipment. By far and away, my FAVORITE cases to work with. Mine is many years old and still beautiful and functional.
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  • Rexer
    Geee. That's purdy. I could use a bench like that. No, on second thought.. I can't . I gotta have two. My bench and counter top is a mess.
    Hey, tell me what you guys think. I was one of these guys back in the 80's and 90's that loved having audio equipment stacked around the house. I spent a lot of coin on components and speakers. I enjoyed it. I loved it. But one thing I could never figure out is, how come the PC world doesn't take a lesson from the home audio industry on using modular components? Stackable, pop into the system components? It's safe, easy and probably work better for cooling. Handling an open motherboard or gpu card takes a little more care. I've accidentally (static) shocked a bunch of stuff, too. I really hate wire management . Upgrading would be a lot easier.
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  • dovah-chan
    14575621 said:
    Geee. That's purdy. I could use a bench like that. No, on second thought.. I can't . I gotta have two. My bench and counter top is a mess.
    Hey, tell me what you guys think. I was one of these guys back in the 80's and 90's that loved having audio equipment stacked around the house. I spent a lot of coin on components and speakers. I enjoyed it. I loved it. But one thing I could never figure out is, how come the PC world doesn't take a lesson from the home audio industry on using modular components? Stackable, pop into the system components? It's safe, easy and probably work better for cooling. Handling an open motherboard or gpu card takes a little more care. I've accidentally (static) shocked a bunch of stuff, too. I really hate wire management . Upgrading would be a lot easier.

    Look at Project Christine.
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  • SkyBill40
    14576452 said:
    Look at Project Christine.

    Yes, it's a thing of beauty all right... but there's no telling when it'll come out and at what cost. Seeing how the upgrades can only be done through Razer, that'll likely increase the cost somewhat. It's still a really nice idea, but who knows if it'll ever hit the market?
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