Page 1:A Chassis That'll Start Conversations
Page 2:Packaging And Contents
Page 3:Power Supply And Wiring
Page 4:You'll Never Guess Where They Put The Optical Drive
Page 5:Mounting Our SSD
Page 6:Fun With A Fan
Page 7:Motherboard And CPU #1: Pulling Out The Stops
Page 8:Motherboard #2: Common Sense Prevails
Page 9:This Locomotive Needs Propulsion!
Page 10:Unboxing And Initial Thoughts
Page 11:Installing The Propulsion Module
Page 12:The Motor's Power Supply And Switch
Page 13:Wireless Communication
Page 14:Video And Audio Without Cables
Page 15:A Day At The Museum, Part 1
Page 16:A Day At The Museum, Part 2
Page 17:A Day At The Museum, Part 3
Page 18:Though Niche, Lian Li's PC-CK101 Is Certainly Cool
Unboxing And Initial Thoughts
Packaging and Contents
The PC-CK101L makes it possible for us to get this locomotive case moving. Its box contains six track segments that are about 20” each. As you might expect, they can all be attached to each other. The box also contains a battery-powered motor kit.
The battery compartment holds four 1.5 V AA batteries. However, I recommend that you use a rechargeable power source. There is no way to connect the battery box to the PC's power supply, which is annoying. If you want to run the train while the PC is on, like me, you're going to quickly tire of replacing batteries otherwise.
You'd think that Lian Li would include a switch and a charger with this $300+ kit. Fortunately, you can retrofit it yourself if you want. The locomotive’s motor works from 5 V, making it possible to connect it directly to the power supply's 5 V rail.
Ready to get the motor kit installed? First, we have to remove all of the components from the locomotive compartment and move our SSD to the tender. Again, this is annoying, but it's an unavoidable step.
The SSD Winds up on the Floor
Right about now, we're happy that the FSP power supply has two separate SATA leads. One stays in the case, powering the optical drive. The other has to be run into the tender, since Lian Li's motor kit forces the relocation of our SSD. This doesn't help the enclosures looks any, but it simply cannot be avoided. If you want to get meticulous, use some black cable ties, which unfortunately don't come bundled with the case's accessories.
Finally, there is enough room inside the locomotive to install the motor and axles.
- A Chassis That'll Start Conversations
- Packaging And Contents
- Power Supply And Wiring
- You'll Never Guess Where They Put The Optical Drive
- Mounting Our SSD
- Fun With A Fan
- Motherboard And CPU #1: Pulling Out The Stops
- Motherboard #2: Common Sense Prevails
- This Locomotive Needs Propulsion!
- Unboxing And Initial Thoughts
- Installing The Propulsion Module
- The Motor's Power Supply And Switch
- Wireless Communication
- Video And Audio Without Cables
- A Day At The Museum, Part 1
- A Day At The Museum, Part 2
- A Day At The Museum, Part 3
- Though Niche, Lian Li's PC-CK101 Is Certainly Cool