Although Lian Li has released a few PC cases over the last few weeks, its new PC-8FI mid tower series is certainly one of the more interesting designs since the release of its crazy spider-shaped case last month. Designed for gamers, the hair-line brushed all-aluminum chassis comes in three flavors: the pricier red Spider edition, and the less expensive black and silver models. However all three sport tool-less installation and customization capabilities.
With the PC-8FI, Lian Li is making sure gamers are staying cool. All three models feature two 120-mm @1200 rpm intake fans on the front panel, and one 120-mm @ 1200 rpm exhaust fan mounted on the back panel. If that's not enough air flow, Lian Li has incorporated an additional 140-mm fan hole into the top panel. To spruce things up a little, the intake fans on the black case are lit up with blue LEDs--the red Spider edition sports a side panel featuring a large, spider-shaped, transparent window that not only exposes the PC's innards, but the red LEDs lighting up the rear panel's exhaust fan.
"The PC-8FI series is designed to give gamers lots of hardware options," the company said. "The tool-less, anti-vibration rubber ring suspension hard disk drive rack can hold six 3.5-inch HDDs. Externally, the chassis' 5.25-inch x3 Optical Device Drive (ODD) bays, with the capability of a 3.5-inch x1 bay (use a 5.25-inch converter), mount without the use of tools and are held in place by a rubber-padded arm to prevent vibration. The eight PCI mounting brackets enable CrossFireX and three-way SLI graphics card setups, and are equipped with a rubber pad to reduce noise and vibrations."
These three new PC cans are slated to go retail by the end of the month. Expect to pay a meaty $299+VAT for the uber-cool Spider edition (PC-8FIR), and a less hefty $189+VAT pricetag for the black and silver versions (PC-8FIB/A).