Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
The chassis in which we are offering an in-depth look at here today is an all-aluminum creation which we expect when it comes to Lian Li. The exterior panels are brushed in texture and anodized black, while the inside is textured in appearance, but it is also anodized to match the exterior. Clean, smooth, simplistic, aesthetically pleasing, these are all things we associate to a Lian Li chassis, and the build of this chassis does not let us down there.
Lian Li seems to have advanced this design from a few others we have seen in the past, yet have made strides to allow this chassis to be able to stand out in a crowd. Firstly, we must address that there are four versions of this chassis. There is an all-black version without a left side panel window and another black version which does offer a clear window. Lian Li is also offering this chassis with a splash of red, which runs along the top and down the front, making the ventilation system of this case stand out. Again, this version can be had with or without a side panel window. A lot more goes into the design such as removable HDD caddies, tons of internal room for anything you may want to fit inside the chassis, even the option for sufficient water cooling support to keep the CPU and a GPU cooled without interfering with the components.
While this chassis is not exactly new at this point, we are still bringing forth the PC-J60 B ATX mid-tower chassis from Lian Li. What you are about to see is that there is a lot in this chassis which we expect to see, as well as quite a bit that we feel falls a bit short of the quality level we expect to see in a Lian Li case. While this chassis did arrive in a downpour, and we did need to dry it out before grabbing images, we find that water is not the only issue we faced. As you will see by the end of this review, that while we hope it isn't true to every product, Lian Li should have thought twice before sending this case to our door.
The black version of the case is named the PC-J60 B, and the version with red accents is named the PC-J60 WRX, and all versions are mid-tower offerings. The PC-J60 stands 507mm tall, 210mm wide, 489mm in depth, it's made entirely from aluminum, and weighs in at just 6.48KG. There are no 5.25" bays in this design, nor are there any exposed 3.5" bays either. Inside of the chassis, there is room for five hard drives, but only a single location for an SSD. There are seven expansion slots at the back of the PC-J60, and the chassis is capable of housing an ATX or Micro-ATX motherboard. It can also house smaller motherboards like Mini-ITX, but the wire management holes do not lend to a clean looking build.
As to the cooling of the PC-J60, we find some good and some strange in its offerings. While it is possible to install a pair of 120mm fans in the front of the chassis, and two are supplied there, we see that the back of the chassis allows for only an 80mm fan. Seriously? An 80mm fan in this day and age? The top of the chassis has room for a trio of 120mm fans and plenty of room for water cooling there as well; even the PSU cover offers a 140mm fan installed from Lian Li.
The last bits in the chart explain to us what is contained within the front I/O panel, and moves into maximum sizes for components. There we see that video cards are unobstructed with 410mm of room for them, PSU length is limited to 210mm, which is decent, and CPU coolers are limited to 160mm in height. While not the best of room for CPU coolers, it is sufficient for many tower coolers on the market. We also see they specify that there is 60mm of thickness allowed, 430mm of length, and 160mm of width left above the motherboard tray for whatever water cooling setup desired to be installed in the top of the PC-J60. The last bit, while the PSU is not included, it is designed for ATX form factor power supplies.
Searching around for the right case is tricky on this side of the pond, but we were able to locate two versions for a price point to go from. Looking at Amazon, we find the search engine there comes up with nothing about the PC-J60, so we then moved on to Newegg. It is there in which we find the non-windowed version of the PC-J60 B listed at $179.99 and seems to be a legit base price for that model. However, as we are looking now, the PC-J60 WRX is cheaper at the time of writing this. While the MSRP is shown to be $209.99 for this variant, Newegg listed it for just $159.99 right now. We would hazard to guess that if you desire the version with a side panel window like we have been sent, it would cost a bit more than the $179.99 we saw the solid panel version listed for. With what we saw in the PC-J60 B, while it has a lot of Lian Li traits that we love, you are about to see a chassis which we feel is not worth its asking price.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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