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Lian-Li PC30 Mini-Tower Review - Lian-Li PC30 - Page 4

Lian-Li (pronounced "Liann Lee") are known for producing a range of high quality and attractive aluminium cases for the enthusiast user. Aluminium cases are set aside from the rest for their ease of modifying and improved heat dissipation over cheaper cases. Lian-Li have cases ranging from fully decked out server towers, to mid towers with factory installed window sides and all the way down to mini towers, as well as various other accessories. Today Asher "Acid" Moses takes a look at the compact Lian-Li PC30 Mini-Tower case, does it have what it takes to house your precious parts? Read on and find out!

| Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 3, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%      Manufacturer: Lian-Li

Test System

 

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2GHz (20x100)

 

Motherboard: DFI NS70-EL (SiS645DX)

 

Memory: Kingmax 256MB DDR333, Mushkin 256MB DDR266

 

Video Card: Prolink Pixelview GeForce3

 

Sound Card: Creative Soundblaster Audigy Platinum eX

 

Hard Disk: Quantum Fireball Plus LM 15GB ATA100

 

Power Supply: AOpen 300watt

 

Heatsink/fan Unit: Stock Intel

 

Testing

 

Due to the fact that aluminium dissipates heat much better than steel, it is safe to say that an aluminium case will result in cooler temperatures than a regular steel case. To test this theory, I compared the Lian-Li PC30 to a AOpen HX45. Temperatures were taken whilst the system was under full load. Please keep in mind when viewing the results that the HX45 is a mid-tower case and the PC30 is a mini-tower case.

 

 

As you can see, the Lian-Li PC30 gave much lower temperatures than my steel AOpen HX45 case. The difference doesn't seem like much from the graphs, but to get that big a difference in temperatures just from changing the case is very good and definitely handy for overclockers.

 

There are no sharp corners inside the case, and for once I would have to say that I incurred no injuries whilst installing my system. No cuts, no scratches, nothing. All Lian-Li cases I have worked with have been well built and easy to work with, which is why I continue to use Lian-Li cases to house my main systems. As mentioned earlier, the thumbscrews and removable motherboard tray also play a large part in making installation as easy as possible.

 

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