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Lian-Li PC30 Mini-Tower Review

By: Asher Moses | 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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