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Lian-Li PC65 USB Case Review - Lian-Li PC65 USB Case Review - Page 4

Over the past year, aluminium PC enclosures have risen in popularity dramatically. Not only do users want the highest performing PCs, but also the best looking PCs. Lian-Li, a Taiwan based company pioneered mainstream aluminium PC cases directed at the enthusiast crowd. Their range has been praised by reviewers all over the world and many people classify Lian-Li cases as the highest quality in the world. I have gotten a chance to test the latest addition to the Lian-Li range, the PC65. The PC65 is a mid-tower case that is the same as the critically aclaimed PC60, but with one exception. A factory installed window! Read on as we determine if Lian-Li can continue their trend of high quality aluminium PC enclosures.

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 2, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Lian-Li

Test System

 

* AMD Thunderbird 1.2GHZ

 

* Soyo K7ADA

 

* 256MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM

 

* Prolink PixelView Geforce3 64MB

 

* IBM Deskstar 60GXP 60GB

 

* Creative Soundblaster Audigy Platinum eX

 

* AOpen 52x CDROM

 

* AOpen 300watt PSU

 

Testing

 

To test the Lian-Li PC65 I took System and CPU temperatures. To put these results in perspective, I compared the Lian-Li's cooling ability to that of my AOpen HX45 steel case. Please note that the HX45 had no case fans installed and all of the results are in ÂșC.

 

 

As you can see, the Lian-Li PC65 reduced both CPU and System temperatures by a significant amount. This is mainly due to the fact that aluminium dissipates heat much better than steel. The case fans provided with the PC65 also played a part in reducing temperatures.

 

I found that installing my system into the PC65 was extremely easy and the removable motherboard tray was very useful. I did have a few complaints about it though. Firstly, my beige CDROM/Floppy drives looked quite odd in the aluminium case. To combat this problem, many people have done what is called a "Stealth Mod", which is simply putting the drive bay cover over the CDROM face plate. Another thing I noticed was that the aluminium case is prone to fingerprints. These are easily removed by using some sort of cleaning product such as "Windex".

 

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