Lian Li 's SUP01 Micro ATX case mounts the GPU up front, touts 'Back to Future' rear connector motherboard support

Lian Li SUP01
(Image credit: Lian Li)

Lian Li has officially released its new SUP01 chassis. After seeing it for the first time at Computex 2023, buyers can finally get their hands on the new case, which promises a unique building experience.

The SUP01 is an airflow-first small-footprint case, a welcome addition to a Lian Li lineup that includes big and wide fishtanks like the O11 Vision. The SUP01 contains three separate airflow loops, providing the front-mounted GPU and a radiator in the rear chamber with their own cool air supplies.

The small footprint of this case is no joke. The 404 mm x 212 mm length and width clocks in at just shy of one square foot of desk real estate. The 45L case sits 524 mm tall, tall enough to mount a GPU of up to 400 mm long and four slots thick behind its front panel. Your graphics card will connect to the motherboard with the help of an included PCIe 4.0 riser cable, complete with its own ARGB strip to match the marquee ARGB strip running across the bottom of the viewing window on the front and main side panel. The GPU will also receive its own air exhaust with three pre-installed fans expelling hot air through the rear side panel.

You won't be able to mount your graphics card normally in the short main chamber. Still, you can join the bleeding edge of case design with Asus's "BTF" back-connect motherboards — moving every case connector from front-panel I/O to 24-pin ATX to the rear of the motherboard for invisible cable runs. The SUP01 also ships with a plethora of Velcro cable ties to make dealing with those back-connected cables easier.

Perhaps the most significant change made to the SUP01 since its unveiling at Computex 2023 is the addition of mesh; three mesh panels cover the front, top, and back side panels to maximize airflow (don't worry, there's still a tempered glass side panel). CPU cooling is best handled with a 360mm radiator, keeping the main chamber free of CPU heat. The radiator and the GPU exhaust fans mount in the back side panel channel, hinging on independent brackets that pivot to a 45° angle for ease of installation. For storage, two 2.5-inch drives can be installed in the main chamber, and two 3.5 or 2.5-inch drives can rest in a drive cage behind the power supply.

The 45-liter SUP01 retails for $149. Thankfully, the price tag of a SUP01 build won't be inflated by nine extra fans like other Lian Li case builds demand. For the future of Lian Li, look no further than Computex 2024, which will be covered live and in-person by Tom's Hardware from June 2-4. Lian Li always comes to the industry showcase with beautiful new hardware to show off, and we expect this year will be no different.

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  • pixelpusher220
    The GPU temps should definitely be lower, but the CPU seems problematic. That air flow chamber has intake fans right next to the radiator exhaust both of which are sandwiched behind the mobo. Going to be *lots* of recirculated hot air there I'd think.
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  • tennis2
    Dear case manufacturers,
    Please design/produce more mATX cases. Nobody has needed ATX for almost the past decade.


    45L though....Silverstone laughs. (would be nice to get an updated TJ08-E)
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  • bit_user
    The article said:
    The SUP01 contains three separate airflow loops, providing the front-mounted GPU and a radiator in the rear chamber with their own cool air supplies.
    This is what I've been saying! I'm not sure you need 3, but certainly the radiator should have its own cool air supply, finally putting to bed the debate of whether to mount it at the intake or exhaust!
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  • bit_user
    tennis2 said:
    Dear case manufacturers,
    Please design/produce more mATX cases. Nobody has needed ATX for almost the past decade.
    I just bought a full ATX case, a few moths ago. It's definitely not true that nobody needs them. Manufacturers know how many of what case types they're selling.

    Part of this is due to the awfulness of the M.2 form factor, for desktop computing. People wanting multiple M.2 slots will tend to gravitate towards larger motherboards. However, I think that's not the only reason for ATX's enduring popularity.

    P.S. I did also just build a Thin mini-ITX case, next to which this micro-ATX case is positively enormous!

    Also, I wish mini-STX boards & cases had caught on, in the DIY market, so that we could build our own mini-PCs rather than having to buy them as black box appliances.
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  • thestryker
    The design seems mostly good, but flow through video card coolers will be blowing hot air right onto your DRAM. There is no direct airflow over the top part of the case either so it will be interesting to see how that impacts temperatures which can have an impact on stability at higher memory clocks.
    pixelpusher220 said:
    The GPU temps should definitely be lower, but the CPU seems problematic. That air flow chamber has intake fans right next to the radiator exhaust both of which are sandwiched behind the mobo. Going to be *lots* of recirculated hot air there I'd think.
    Those are exhaust not intake.
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  • pipsq33k
    tennis2 said:
    Dear case manufacturers,
    Please design/produce more mATX cases. Nobody has needed ATX for almost the past decade.


    45L though....Silverstone laughs. (would be nice to get an updated TJ08-E)
    Still rocking my TJ08-E from 2012! Oh, my old warhorse.
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  • Notton
    It's not a "micro ATX" case. It's clearly ATX. There are 7 slots on the back there.
    45L is not compact. That's larger than your typical 18" carry-on suitcase.

    It does have a small footprint, which is good.
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  • tennis2
    Notton said:
    It's not a "micro ATX" case. It's clearly ATX. There are 7 slots on the back there
    Good eye!
    They even have a full ATX mobo in the build shots
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  • Notton
    https://lian-li.com/product/sup-01/
    Oh another thing I noticed. The case only supports low profile cards when directly plugged into the mobo.
    I was wondering how they managed to add a radiator on the back of the mobo in that small footprint.
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  • bit_user
    Notton said:
    Oh another thing I noticed. The case only supports low profile cards when directly plugged into the mobo.
    I wish I could buy a nice low-profile tower case that still supports a full-sized ATX board & power supply.
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