Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Lian Li is not a name unfamiliar to anyone who has been around the PC scene for a relatively decent amount of time. That being said, they sort of fell from grace several years ago when trying to attract the lower-cost PC market from the chassis side. Lian Li has been known for at least for the most part in making stylish aluminum chassis with most being very minimalist.
Today we get yet another glimpse at the new Lian Li where they are back and with fervor from the industry that harkens back to the old days. Now mind you, many of Lian Lis cases are no longer subdued and minimalist. For the most part, that is not what a large part of the consumer market is asking for or purchasing.
To meet that demand, Lian Li adopted not only new trends such as RGB and tempered glass as we saw on the Lancool One Digital. Also massive high airflow showpiece cases such as the PC011 Dynamic. On that note, it is worth mentioning what case we are looking at today which took the existing PC011 Dynamic and made it even better. Or at least that is what Lian Li is hoping. The PC011 Dynamic XL is the chassis we have today, and it's a behemoth both in size but in overall fitment and feature set.
The PC011 Dynamic XL increased the airflow capabilities, along with having an insane amount of liquid cooling capabilities to ensure even the most extreme builds can be serviced in this chassis. The ROG Certified portion of this is likely to do with the fact that the PC011D XL is one of only a very select number of chassis that can actually house the ROG Dominus Extreme motherboard.
Yes, I am referencing the massive EEB motherboard with LGA 3647 socket similar to the Xeon scalable server boards/socket but made for the extreme enthusiasts Xeon W-3175X. I know that was a mouthful, but with a chassis like this, there is a lot to consider and even more to take note as this thing is a downright beast.
The chassis as we said before is the PC011 Dynamic XL or as I will reference in this review the PC011D XL as typing it out every time would be exhausting. It comes in at a relatively compact 513mm high and 471mm deep while having a quite expansive 285mm width. The reason I said relatively compact is that in terms of fitment and capability, this chassis could easily be much larger. But Lian Li pulled off such a feat by making the chassis wider and relocating the PSU to a back chamber behind the motherboard tray area.
The motherboard fitment goes from ITX up to ATX and even EEB if you purchase the optional bracket to extend the fitment. HDD and SSD fitment are massive as you can imagine with up to four 3.5" HDD's while 2.5" Drives/SSD's you can fit up to six if using the aforementioned quad 3.5" HDD. If not using any 3.5" those 3.5" hot-swap mounts can be used to house 2.5" SSD's raising the count to ten. As mentioned previously the PSU is relocated to the rear of the main chamber. No shroud necessary as everything will be hidden except your main components and of course, cooling.
Cooling fitment is where the PC011D XL comes to life as you can fit up to ten 120mm fans and triple 360mm radiators in those same places with the rear port supporting 120mm fitment. The vertical tray parallel to the motherboard as configured out of the box has SSD mounts in place. But when removed this is where one of the radiators can be mounted along with top and bottom mounting perpendicular to the motherboard to reach your total of triple 360mm radiators.
Ensuring you have more than enough liquid cooling to support an insane showcase rig or even a heavy lifting platform such as the Dominus Extreme. If you chose to go air cooling the maximum height is 167mm, so you should be fine there and 446mm GPU length, so, yea, I would say you can virtually fit anything in here. The PC011D XL does not come with any fans installed, and therefore you need to source your cooling options based on your brand and style preference.
The PC011D XL carries an MSRP at the time of writing, pre-launch of $199.99 and will be initially available from Newegg, but other outlets such as Amazon will quickly follow. The competition to the PC011D XL would be the likes of the View 71 from Thermaltake, the Dark Base Pro 900 from Be Quiet, and the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe. These all are quite capable chassis with plenty of high airflow capabilities and some substantial liquid cooling support.
With that being said, I would say it's about time we take a dive into the PC011D XL and what it has to offer that makes it worth your hard-earned dollar.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)