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Lian Li PC011 Dynamic XL Full-Tower Chassis Review (Page 3)

By Shannon Robb from Aug 30, 2019 @ 10:36 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Lian LiModel: 011DXL-X

Lian Li PC011 Dynamic XL Full-Tower Chassis

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The front of the PC011D XL has an aluminum semi-frame design with brushed surfaces below and to the right of the front glass. The glass panels lift up and off of their retention slots, which makes this a much different panel retention mechanism than we have seen previously. There is no ventilation visible on the front edge, so let's take a look up top.

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The top panel is a black brushed aluminum design, and it has elongated ventilation rectangles or almost parallelogram shapes. This is where your installed 360mm radiators or triple fans would breathe through.

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The front I/O is broken into two parts, firstly we will look at the main part and move down to the supplemental USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. The main I/O is to the right side of the front glass instead of being on the top like we see on so many chassis.

The I/O is outfitted as listed below (top to bottom):

  • Power button with integrated power and HDD LED surround
  • Reset Button
  • Dual USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) Type-A ports
  • Headphone and microphone 3.5mm jacks
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
  • M/C front LED strip control switch (M controls mode, C controls static color)
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The lower foot area of the PC011D XL houses two extra USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) Type-A ports. This has its own 20 pin connector, so if your board does not happen to have a second connector. You can either deploy an add-in card or even buy an adapter to connect these ports to USB 2.0 so that they are usable.

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The main side panel is tempered glass as you would expect and it has a slight tint but overall not crazy dark. Overall the panel is just tinted enough it adds a subtle smoky effect. The beautiful thing about slightly darkened glass panels on a chassis. The tinted glass can help hide small wires showing so that your build looks even more impressive. This panel should be complementary in that sense but not so dark you need lighting internally to see your parts.

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The rear is where things start to turn a bit more interesting. Firstly let's look at the right where everything is relatively standard. Average I guess may not be the right word since the rightmost side looks like a standard chassis rear section floating with bare metal above and below it. This is kind of accurate as Lian Li has left large spaces above and below the motherboard where thick radiators can be placed to ensure maximum cooling capabilities for enthusiast users.

Moving to the left is where things are quite interesting. By default, there is a standard ATX PSU opening at the bottom, while there are two covers above this which have dual HDD hot-swap caddies below the cover. These can fit up to four 3.5" or 2.5" drives or a combination of this. However, if you need a genuinely extreme system like the aforementioned Dominus Extreme pushed to the limit. You can have up to three' PSU's in place as the HDD hot-swap bays use standard PSU style mounting so that they can be removed and replaced with power supplies should the need for far more power be needed.

Lastly, towards the top, we see the dual thumb screws which retain the top panel, along with a grab handle. Even with the thumb screws removed the top panel will stay put as there is a switch which pulls down to allow the top panel to be slid off toward the rear. The reason this is worth noting is that the top panel is the only thing retaining the two main side panels and front glass panel. All of the main panels can be removed by lifting upward and away from the chassis after the top panel is removed. We will show this later as we dig into the PC011D XL.

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The rear or cable management side is one of the only sides which has a metal panel instead of glass. This is welcomed as many do not prefer to show off their cabling and management or lack thereof. The panel has two large openings, one being right behind the SSD tray area we saw before which can be removed to mount a radiator. The other opening towards the rear is in line with PSU mounting. Which means regardless of where you install your PSU or multiple PSUs, you will have a direct side area where filtered air can be ingested.

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The bottom of the PC011D XL is where we finally get a real sense of exactly how wide the chassis is. The filter you see here is removable from the side and covers 120mm openings, so as you can see here, the PC011D XL is quite a wide chassis overall. The metallic feet are finished with four total rubber anti-skid feet which keep the chassis from sliding around when in place. You can also see at the top left of the image the cabling for the two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports on the front foot.

Now let's dig further into the PC011D XL and see what kind of cool stuff we can find.

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