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Lian Li PC-Q30 Case Review: A Mini-ITX Chassis With Flair

PSU: Be Quiet! SFX Power 350 W

Naturally, a case this small requires an SFX-based power supply. There are a number of these available, though they aren't particularly common. Our U.S. team has had good luck with SilverStone's offerings in the past. But in Germany, be quiet! is a familiar vendor. The team there went with that company's BN134, a 350 W, 80 PLUS-certified unit with a PCI Express auxiliary connector for discrete graphics.

Technical Specifications
Model Numberbe quiet! SFX Power 350 W (BN134)
Form FactorSFX 3.2
Voltage100-240 Volt, 50-60 Hz (Full Range)
Power350 Watts
PFCActive, Power Factor 0.9 under Full Load
CompatibilitySupports Intel's C6 Mode(C6/C7 for Intel's Haswell CPUs not Confirmed)
Power Consumption at Standby<1 Watt (Erp/EuP Ready)
Temperature Range10 to 50 °C (Overage Service Life of 100,000 Hours at 25 °C)
Rails+3.3 V20 A+5 V22 A+12 V114 A+12 V216 A-12 V0.5 A
Power OutputMaximum Power 12 V: 300 WMaximum Power 3.3 V + 5 V: 125 W
Hold-up Time at Full Load17 ms
SafetyOCP Over Current ProtectionOVP Over Voltage ProtectionUVP Under Voltage ProtectionSCP Short Circuit ProtectionOPP Over Power Protection
Connectors and CablesNo Modular Cable Management, All Cables Completely Sleeved1 x 20+4-Pin Motherboard (35 cm)1 x 4-Pin CPU (35 cm)1 x PCIe 6-Pin (35 cm)1 x Molex/PATA (Three Connectors, 1 x FDD, max. 50 cm)1 x SATA (35 cm)
Fan80 mm, Up to 4000 RPM (Temperature-Controlled)
Street PriceApproximately $90

Opening be quiet!'s SFX Power 350 Watt reveals the power supply itself, as well as a power cable, manual, screws, and cable ties. In short, it doesn't leave you wanting for anything.

The cables are sleeved well and long enough for our installation.

The SFX Power 350’s fan is audible when the system is under full load. However, most of that noise is redirected back into the case, so you won't hear the power supply over the other fans in taxing situations. If you're only using an APU, and no discrete graphics card, the PSU shouldn't be audible at all.

  • afrobacon
    It's hideous.
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  • gofasterstripes
    Lian Li proving, again, that they're a little less sane than everyone else...

    I kinda like it, nice concept. There's too many boring PC cases!
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  • jimthenagual
    Doesn't quite do it for me. Good for them for trying something new, but it's not something I'd buy.
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  • monsta
    Yuck....
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  • bemused_fred
    Ugh. How incredibly gauche.
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  • jimthenagual
    It makes me want to play donkey kong on the screen.
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  • killerclick
    I like it. Then again, everything is better than a laptop.
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  • JohnMD1022
    Ugly with a capital UG !!
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  • vertexx
    Does that thing dispense Bitcoins? It looks like it should be dispensing something....
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  • rolli59
    Definitely a matter of taste.
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