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Lian Li PC-TU200 Mini-ITX Chassis Review (Page 7)

By Chad Sebring from Nov 23, 2011 @ 20:13 CST
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Lian Li

The Build and Finished Product


The installation needs to go in well planned steps as I learned the hard way. I gutted the case so I had room to wire things and get the card in place. However, the card cannot be in place to re-install the hard drive rack. Something else to do, since I already advised using a modular PSU, when you do put the card in, have the power leads clipped into the cards ahead of time.


After a bit of rearranging the puzzle pieces I was able to get this far along without any real hassle. After the hard drive cage is mounted, you can slide the card back in through the gap left under it. With the card in, you can replace the GPU support plate and use the support pins if the cards are long enough to use them. In the case of the GTX460, it is not long enough to benefit.


I had to go back to the old reliable HX520 PSU due to both the modular factor, and that it fit with the wiring in the 140mm constraints. Having a modular PSU allows you to run all the wiring from each unit to the PSU, and as you slide it in the back to install it, you then make all the connections to the PSU. You can go with a normal PSU, but I had issues with room only hiding the excess length of 24-pin and the 8-pin EPS cables.


The rear of the chassis gave me no issues during the installation process. The rear I/o plate went in relatively easy, and the removable PSU mounting plate makes sliding the PSU in a cinch to do. The screws for the expansion slots are a bit close to the case and require a longer screwdriver to get straight at them, other than that, I got my GTX460 in there and mounted securely.


Like I said, there is room here for the SATA cables, the Molex connections to power the hot-swap panels, and that's about it. Even if you were to store wires on the left, you need to find a way to keep them out of the fan, and attaching them to the chassis will cause issues with the fit of the door panel.


With the side panels back in place, we are back to that industrial, natural aluminum briefcase looking chassis. It really is structurally very sound in this state, and gives you that "it can go anywhere" feel once you have messed around with it a while. If I was the type to run anywhere with a desktop PC, this chassis is a solution that offers a professional looking solution that looks like it can take anything you can dish out to it.


Since the Intake fan does not have LEDs in it, the only indication that the PC-TU200 is operational are the back light of the power button denoting the system is on, and the occasional flicker of the red backlit reset button. The minimal lighting keeps with the industrial feel I am getting from this chassis.

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