For our performance testing, we utilized a Noctua NH-U12A CPU heatsink, equipped with 2x Corsair ML 120 Pro fans. This allowed us to keep the included case fans that come as standard with the Lian Li Lancool II in their factory installed locations during the testing procedure, and stopped us from running into compatibility issues. It also gives us insight into how the case will perform for those who aren’t interested in moving the fans around.
With our second set of benchmarks, we configured the case into what we consider the “optimal” airflow setup, running alongside a 240mm AIO. The cooler (Corsair’s Hydro H100X) features the exact same fans as found on the Noctua we used, but this way we can showcase just what the chassis is capable of in a “best-case” scenario, without necessarily investing in additional fans.
Stock Fan Testing
In its stock configuration, the Lancool II performs well. That’s despite the single 120mm fan in the front and the limited access to airflow. Our results showed the CPU and GPU running at 73 degrees C by the end of our benchmarking test runs. That puts it just 1 degree higher for both the CPU and GPU than our Phanteks P400A results, a case that was designed with high airflow in mind and 3x 120mm fans in the front.
Optimal Fan Testing
With our 240mm Corsair H100X AIO liquid-cooler in play, we had the opportunity to better maximize airflow. To do this, we installed the 240mm all-in-one cooler into the front of the chassis in a push configuration, keeping it in the upper compartment of the case. We then left the removable PSU panel in place to encourage separate airflow in both chambers.
After that ,we moved the front stock 120mm fan to the top of the chassis, to act as an additional exhaust. In this scenario, we saw a significant drop in CPU temp, down to 62 degrees, but GPU temps climbed by 4 celsius to 77 degrees.
The Lancool II is impressive. It’s not just a new aesthetic shell thrown on top of an old internal frame, but a chassis that’s been designed from scratch. Lian Li has managed to pack in all of that research and design cost and an expansive feature set into a very tight budget without compromising much. How it’s done that is through identifying what features the company thinks are priorities for the consumer, and then stripping back the ones that aren’t. Yet it still made the features available if you do want to commit the extra funds, or upgrade down the line.
You want USB Type C as an I/O option? Sure. Hot Swappable drive bays? Absolutely. A vertical GPU mount and even more RGB lighting? Lian Li can do that, too. There’s a ton of additional accessories here, but none that’ll make or break the function of the case itself.
In its stock configuration, the Lancool II is easy to build in, it looks good, and the lighting (although a bit gaudy in some modes) is more than ample. The Lancool II isn’t quite perfect; that cable bar does need some work, you’ll need to pay extra to use the top USB-C port, and we’ve no doubt that E-ATX support is dubious at best (as is often the case with mid tower chassis that say they support it). But those are minor concerns for a case that costs less than a good meal out with some friends. Ultimately, what Lian Li has achieved with the Lancool II is a fantastic blend between price and performance, and one you won’t regret investing in.
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