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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

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The exterior and interior of this full tower chassis are both aluminum. While the exterior of the chassis receives a black anodized coating, the inside is left exposed in its natural state. The front of the chassis is really two parts. There is the door which has a large bump out in the middle of it running the full length from top to bottom. This area is backed with mesh to allow for ventilation, but has evenly spaced strips of aluminum to break out the large area. The top of the chassis continues with this "bump", but this time it deflects exhausted air and gives a place for the front I/O and Lian Li name. Both sides of the chassis are made from aluminum panels and incorporate no venting, nor does this chassis offer a window. Sleek and simple is the Lian Li way and the outside keeps that trend alive.


Inside the chassis there are all sorts of things to talk about. There is room for three 5.25" drives that are exposed through the front, behind the reversible door. Moving down, there is a pir of hard drive cages that not only allow for drives to easily slide in with the provided hardware, they also allow access with a door on the front of the cage, again access is behind the door. Each of these cages will hold three 3.5" drives each. Under those, there is a third cage that not only holds four more 3.5" drives, it has mounting on the sides for two 2.5" drives as well. In the middle of the chassis there is the unique wiring tunnel system that I first saw in the latest Lancool submission, but I'm glad to see it here. To its left is the removable motherboard tray that will accept anything from the small end of mini-ITX, to the large end of HPTX, which means SR-2 capable! There are plenty of offerings in the back as well like the eleven expansion slots and tool-less latch system. That's not including the GPU support rail system, the raised power supply mounting position with anti-vibration strips, or any of the dust filters around the chassis.


Cooling this chassis is five fans in total. In the front there is a trio of 140mm fans that are on the inside of the front door. You get one long dust filter that runs the entire length and makes for faster removal and cleaning than previous methods. These three fans are pre-wired to the door and connected to a fan controller that will allow adjustment of just these three fans. Under the roof of the chassis there is another pair of 140mm fans installed. These are mounted to the inside and are covered with a trim piece on top of the PC-P80N that directs the exhausted air to the rear of the chassis instead of straight up. The rear of the chassis has the last of the five fans and here it's a 120mm fan to push air directly out the back of the chassis. While the chassis doesn't offer a ton of room for water cooling inside, Lian Li provides holes in the rear of the chassis for both water cooling and USB 3.0 wires, four in total.


The PC-P80N is very fresh to the market and a quick look on Google shopping proves this quickly. As I type this there are five e-tailers that currently list stock of this case. Pricing is all over the place depending on which of the sites you decide to deal with. On the low end you will find the PC-P80N listing for $379.99 at Sundial Micro, and pricing goes up to $530 is one listing! We are going to go with the $379 US dollar listing for assessing bang for the buck and value in our award purposes. While I know this case isn't going to be for everyone with its ultra large compatibility, for those with the need for this type of chassis, it's time to see what you will get against the other two or three cases on the market that allow a SR-2 to even fit in the first place.

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