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Lian Li PC-100 "The Hammer" Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 7:03 am
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: Lian Li

Inside the Lian Li PC-100




The instructions show that if you open the access door and reach in that hole and grab the front panel it pulls right off the front to give access to everything found behind it. There is the pair of 5.25" bay covers, the power and reset switches, the rear I/O and eight expansion slots.




The first look inside shows the all natural look if the aluminum used in here. Inside the wiring is tied up, the hardware is zip tied to the GPU support bar and you can see the new drive support system and additional support bar to its right.




At the top left corner of the PC-100 you can install the 5.25" devices with screws securely mounting them, or you can use rubber bushings like Lian Li uses on the hard drives to allow you to slide the devices in and out of these trays with ease.




Inside the front of the case it has been completely cut away behind the 120mm intake fan. Also the eight expansion slots use thumbscrews to secure both the removable covers and the expansion cards you install.




The motherboard tray is flat, it doesn't offer much as far as cable management, but it doesn't need to with the top mounted PSU design of the PC-100. This tray will accept anything from Micro-ATX on up to XL-ATX motherboards and has a large access hole to the rear of those boards' sockets.




On the floor, very near the expansion slots, there are eight keyed holes to allow you to install a pair of 2.5" drives here as well as the six positions on the rack system.




The majority of the rear of the chassis is taken up by the pair of 140mm exhaust fans at the back of the chassis. These can be power with 3-pin connections, but also have a Molex adapter included just like the front intake fan has.




Under the removable lid, at the rear of the PC-100 is where the PSU slides in on the aluminum support rails. The top of these rails have long rubber pads on them to keep even the longer and heavier PSUs from vibrating against the frame.




Behind the motherboard tray there is quite a bit of room to hide any wiring that you can't seem to find any other places to hide it. Near the bottom there is a wiring track that will allow you to take your DVI or HDMI cable and route it from the front of the case to the back. Same is true for USB devices; you may need to ponder purchasing some extension cables while you are shopping.

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