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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

Inside the Lian Li PC-P80N Full Tower Chassis




At first glance it seems there is a lot going on. The large hardware box is floating free in the chassis and resting at the far left. There is the large GPU support rail running down the middle, and on the right is a full length drive bay system that holds up to fifteen various drives.




Looking into the drive rack, there is room at the top for three 5.25" drives or devices, two cages for three 3.5" drives each, and a cage at the bottom that holds four 3.5" drives inside and one 2.5" drive on either side of it. The red and black wires are to power the fans in the door, and I found it best to leave it alone, unless of course you plan to reverse the front door.




The motherboard tray holds all sorts of motherboards from HPTX at its largest, all the way down to a mini-ITX motherboard. The CPU access hole is smaller than what I am used to seeing lately, but sufficient for most, but not all setups. Around the sides and bottom are six wire management holes with rubber inserts to hold and protest the wires from the cut aluminum edges. There is also a pair of holes cut at the top for the EPS 8-pin and fan wires, but the right side of the tray has a gap for wiring to pass through if you do use a HTPX motherboard.




The inside of the rear of the chassis has a 120mm fan strapped into place as an exhaust fan. Next to the eleven, vented, expansion slots, Lian Li install their heavy-duty, tool-free latches that securely lock any card into solid position.




The floor of the chassis has two rubber covered support rails to elevate your PSU off the floor of the chassis. I do find it strange that the louvers don't face the power supply, but it still allows for plenty of air to get into the floor of the chassis and into the fan. The large bar down front with the four holes in the top is where the GPU support bar screws into. Beefier than the original design, I can see how this style would give a more structural ability of the support bar attached.




Behind the motherboard tray Lian Li put together a really nice setup. First I would like to say they addressed the issue of previously not allowing wires to pass the bottom of the motherboard tray. The offset behind the tray is the same from top to bottom with the PC-P80N. For all the rest of the chassis wiring, Lian Li uses the same channel structure we saw not too long ago in a Lancool chassis. I loved this concept when I saw it then, and here I love it even more, as many know, Lian Li cases have always been tough to wire cleanly, at least to the level of the chassis itself.

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