Lian Li has shown that while still sticking to their guns and producing sexy aluminum cases that everyone at some point in their PC life wants to buy, they are also figuring out how to compete with the rest of the market on the interior, too. It is really hard to screw up the looks of massive panels of black anodized aluminum, and you will be hard pressed to find anyone to tell you it is ugly. Lian Li continues in a tradition of exterior design that has been copied by so many others over the years, but those copies have yet to dethrone the originator of this concept.
Specifically with the PC-A79, it is the adjustments made to the wire management system, the tool-free clips on the bays, the fact that hard drives simply slide in and out, the hidden front I/O panel, and the slide out tray. The list really does go on and on with reasons to love this chassis.
If there really is anything to pick on this chassis about, we could go into the fact that it is large and you will need a fair amount of room to house this chassis. However, this is much lighter than something like the DS6, and Lian Li has made life easy with casters on the back of the chassis that allow you to lift slightly at the front of the chassis and just roll this into place. It has dust filters, it has plenty of fans and optional fan locations, it is water cooling capable, and, if you remove the front cages, you can even slide in 120mm width radiators if you somehow modify a way to mount it there.
They also allow for external water cooling potential, and even the rear fan cutout will allow for an AIO to be installed outside of the rear of the chassis. Thing is, in the end, there really is not a down side other than the audible level of the fans when allowed to run full speed. They do supply adapters for those with no other options, but a fan controller is suggested since the air flow is so good in this chassis. We recommend this not only for finite control of the fans, but also to find that "magic" spot where the noise is much lower and thermal results are still at a comfortable level.
As we said earlier, the price point of the PC-A79 being slightly over $300 is going to take this chassis out of a lot of hands right out of the gate. Thing is though, when considering the cost of a dual socket system, multiple video cards, a 1.5kW PSU, water cooling components, and various other additions, the price is just a drop in the bucket.
While there are users out there who have to see what is going on at all times through a large window, and most also like much more aggressive styling, Lian Li delivers a sophisticated version of an HPTX chassis that offers plenty of room for parts and modularity to do as you wish, all packaged in a sophisticated chassis that could go anywhere. The PC-A79 from Lian Li is a big step up for them and is a chassis that a lot of users will find to be the next big chassis for their builds.
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United States: The Lian Li PC-A79B retails for $407.85 at Amazon.