We talked a bit ago about the cooling potential that this case has, so to give you an idea as to how well it really works, we need something to use as a comparison. We'll use one of the Antec line of cases for this purpose since I have been using their product line for several years now. One of their very solid performers is the Antec PLUS1080 tower. Not only does this monster have the advantage of a greater interior area to aid in cooling, it also happened to be running with some reasonable cooling in place. I had it set up with roughly 120-CFM airflow intake and 90-CFM airflow exhaust. This resulted in an idle case temperature of 28C and a maximum of 30C under system load. This is a very solid result given that the ambient temperature is 21C where the system resides.
Since we're wanting a direct comparison, I placed the identical system within the Xoxide LL60 enclosure and ended up with an idle temperature of 26C and a 28C temperature under load. This gives us a full two degrees Celsius drop in internal temperatures. Considering that this case is a much smaller model, it tells us that it definitely has what it takes to keep a monster of a system nice and cool.
As I have indicated a few times in the review, I have been an avid user of Antec cases. They are very good looking enclosures, but they also are some of the best available at keeping your system nice and cool. But guess what, this one does it better...period.
When you start adding the startling good looks and great features to this equation, you begin to see that we have an outstanding product here that would make a fine addition to any system. Between the natural qualities of the Lian-Li case and the well-thought modifications that the friendly folks at Xoxide have added, well, you are looking at one very sweet case indeed.
The airflow included with the case you buy will be well in excess of most other models that are available on the market today. The USB ports on the front are very useful, and the built in speed control for the front fans is a definite winner. But what makes this an even more interesting proposition is the huge number of customizations that are available from Xoxide. Whether you are looking for internal lighting, fancy laser engraved grills, window etchings, matching aluminum cover plates for most CD/DVD drives...folks, the list just keeps on going and going. As stated at the beginning of this review, not everyone can build their own modified case. The folks at Xoxide realize this and offer you a nearly endless supply of options to make your choice even that much more special.
Of course, you get what you pay for. This particular enclosure isn't cheap even without modifications. This modified unit runs in the neighborhood of US$259, so you're not going to find a low price tag. But considering the retail costs of a plain Lian-Li PC60 case and then considering the effort involved in creating a special masterpiece, the price just doesn't seem all that outrageous.
Bottom line...If you are looking for quality at any price, then you have surely found it. While not for the budget shopper, this case offers you sleek looks, outstanding cooling and enough unique options to make anyone turn their head and take notice.
Near endless options for modifying
It is a Lian-Li
Prone to fingerprints
Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award