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Lian Li PC-P80N Full Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 12, 2011 6:16 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Lian Li

Final Thoughts

 

With the PC-P80N testing and writing all the images up, it is very fresh to my mind and I can't really think of where Lian Li did anything worth complaining about. In fact, what I found was that Lian Li is even rethinking the smaller things in their chassis designs. Beefing up the GPU support rail, adding the wire managing channel, removing the impedance that was at the bottom of every motherboard tray I have seen prior to this, and full on USB 3.0 compatibility. And for those who can't go full USB 3.0, Lian Li has you covered too. While the PC-P80N demands a seriously premium price, I do have to say that there are very few cases in contention with this. In fact, the way I see it, its competition are cases like Mountain Mods, the 800D and the Elysium from Xigmatek, and that's not including previous cases from Lian Li. So that might help me put the pricing into a better perspective.

 

Outside, I really like the front door idea, and I like it more when it's backed with a trio of 140mm fans. The top, well, the Mowhawk isn't my style and I would prefer a flat top, but I can see why Lian Li would do this to keep in the trend of cases. The top also helps redirect airflow from the pair of 120mm fans under it, as well as adding room for the front I/O and Lian Li naming. I would have liked Lian Li to invent/adopt to a tool-free system for the optical drives and possibly for the hard drive cages, but if it has to be done with screws, I'm glad they are big thumbscrews!

 

The thumbscrews included for the motherboard installation couldn't be easier with the short ones for normal spots and a few longer ones for the tough to reach holes in the motherboard. In the back, the 120mm fan is a welcomed inclusion to help remove heated air directly from the CPU air cooler and the super solid tool-less latches for the expansion cards is a huge plus in my book. With all this in mind, don't forget, that heavy, solid front door can be reversed if you would prefer the door to swing to the right rather than to the left as Lain Li ships the PC-P80N.

 

Back to the part where we have to settle back down to reality and look at this chassis from a bang for the buck perspective. Considering this chassis is currently only in five listings of Google shopping, finding one might be a bit tough. Once you do locate the PC-P80N, you need to decide if the lowest price I could find of $379.99 from Sundial Micro is worth it to you. In reality, this chassis is quite a bit more than the Xigmatek or Corsair offerings and on par with a MM case, so I think the case is priced right in its market. For the average guy with a typical build, I don't think this is the case for you, but if you have a serious build with a ton of storage, or looking for the next chassis for a Crunching or Folding rig, or one of the few with a SR-2, this may be just the case for you.

 

For those with dual processor boards and those in the realm to need server cases, the PC-P80N is definitely right up your alley. As you read the award, don't let the Availability and the Value throw you off. With only five places to buy it, and the fact it is still $400, I had to score accordingly, but I still like what Lian Li is doing here and will recommend it to anyone with the need or simple desire for this kind of room in a chassis.

 

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