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Lian-Li PC65 USB Case Review

By: TweakTown Staff | 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




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 ºC.



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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