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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 Continued




A handy feature of the PC-P80N is that the motherboard tray is removable. What I really like is that to remove the tray, you remove a pair of thumbscrews from the back of the case, the tray then slides left, but the bottom pulls away first to remove it. That means when you mount the board to this, go ahead and add the CPU cooler. With the top going to go in first to reinstall it, you won't run into any clearance issues.




Finding the keys taped to the top of the hardware box, I unlocked the front door and looked inside to see what Lian Li has going on. I found a trio of 140mm fans that are all pre-wired and mounted to the inside of the door. The door itself has a rubber trim piece to keep the door from vibrating against the face of the chassis. The grill work on the right consist of three 5.25" covers that individually remove, a pair of hard drive cages with doors, and the 3.5" and 3.5" combo-rack at the bottom.




If you plan to use the front door and access drives a lot, Lian Li uses a new to me method to keep the door closed. There seems to be a spring loaded bearing that set is a hole in the face frame when closed. Since the spring is fairly light in pressure, the door easily opens and closes with a gentle pull, but sudden shocks during transit almost demand you lock this prior to moving it.




Above the 5.25" drive bays Lian Li has installed a fan controller to work with the trio of fans in the door. The cool side of the dial will allow you to maximize the fans potential, while the Silent side of things will reduce the fans to around 50-60% of their capability. Just to the right are the power indicator and hard drive activity LEDs, both of which will light up blue, and show through plastic inserts in the front door that covers this.




Remember when I said the hard drive cages had doors, well here they are. This allows you to at any point add some rubber washers and thumbscrews that go on 3.5" hard drives, and you can simply slide them in from the front. Hidden from this angle is the sliding lock bar. This will allow you a bit of added security that if you have to tip the case forward, your drives don't slide out and try to open any doors.

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