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Lian Li PC-TU200 Mini-ITX Chassis Review (Page 8)

By Chad Sebring on Nov 23, 2011 08:13 pm CST
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Lian Li

Final Thoughts

For such a tiny mini tower chassis, it really packs in the features. USB 3.0 is expected, but native USB 3.0 in a Mini-ITX case, it's something I like to see. The dust filter on the bottom to help keep the graphics card fan clean is a nice feature as well. What I really like is the modularity inside with the hard drive cage and the GPU support piece. If you don't want to have the hard drive assembly in this case, you don't lose functionality, as the PC-TU200 has options. The GPU support system is connected to the front of the hard drive rack, but with four thumbscrews into the floor of the chassis; even with the push of a heavy graphics card, it can be used as a standalone system. That's one reason to go ahead and remove the rack, and the second is that Lian Li also offers a spot on the floor to install an SSD. I mean if this system is to be taken on the go, it will be gobbled up by techies and LAN goers. Techies already have the latest in tech, so for a portable rig that can go anywhere they go, and look professional about it; for those going to a LAN, this is definitely a case that will make your buddies envious!

The installation process was a bit of a learning curve, but I got everything installed with a level head and didn't end up damaging anything making mistakes as I went. The 140mm fan in the front offered my system a fair bit of air and in combination with the fan on the PSU acting as the exhaust, the airflow inside is sufficient for me to even overclock the card and CPU if I wanted to. The way the side doors are fit inside of the frame gives the case a very finished exterior, and its only weakness is the rear of the chassis to get anything snagged if you accidentally brushed it against something. The trick latches in the back of the chassis that will pop the panel lose is very cool, and much more elegant than me trying to pry off the door with a screw driver. The time I did spend with the chassis was very enjoyable and I absolutely loved the handle for spinning the case around for images, and when I swung the case around like a five year old on sugar overload. I can tell you, as long as you don't lose your grip, this chassis isn't going anywhere, the handle is very secure.

As much as I like this chassis, I don't use my Mini-ITX system in a way that I need it to really be portable. On the flip side of that, this chassis makes me want to keep this build together and try to find a motherboard that will go along with one of my more powerful processors so I can have my own portable "sleeper" that can not only get my emails and log me into Facebook, but it would be much easier toting this than my TJ11 with my next trip to Chris Ram's house. The case just has that cool factor that can't really be described in words. There is one thing I can't deny, with or without a handcuff, this case is the coolest thing I think I could tote into a room full of my tech savvy friends.

As of this moment there is no availability for the PC-TU200 Adventurer chassis, so we have to go off of the MSRP of $199 currently set with Lian Li. I will say this. For the average user, this is a lot of money to house an email retriever or Facebook gamer. For those who need to tote a PC for their job, this case offers that professional grade feel that I would take anywhere I needed to go, as long as I wasn't setting it in any liquids. For the LAN goers, this is a very cool looking offering to go in with a GTX 580 and a 2600K pushing you as you score those headshots on the competition, and afterwards everyone will want to see just what it is you have there. Even for $200 I would have no reservations getting this chassis, as you aren't going to find another quite like the PC-TU200.


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Chad Sebring


Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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