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Lian Li PC011 Dynamic XL Full-Tower Chassis Review (Page 4)

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

Inside the PC011 Dynamic XL

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To pull the panels, here we see the switch which is released by pulling it downwards. This is, of course, after you thread the two thumbscrews out of the top rear section. If you remove these captured screws, you can use only the latch to hold the top, but then the top can move backwards a few mm so I would prefer to keep them in when the panel is installed.

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Once the top was removed, the front glass panel was removed by simply lifting it, and it releases from the slotted cutouts and the bottom tabs. As you can see here, there is no mounting for any cooling here as there is no ventilation possible from the front of the chassis. The PC011D XL is a chimney style cooling setup moving air from bottom to top.

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Here we see the top of the front panel and the slots that the top slots into. The top panel goes over this area and therefore retains the panel as it blocks upward movement.

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Here we get a top-down shot of the front and side panel slotted into their retention slots to better show precisely how panel retention works for the PC011D XL.

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Now with the panel removed we get a bit clearer view of the interior. It is a vast expanse of mounting and possible use cases where you can genuinely make the PC011D XL your own. While this chassis is heavily targeted at liquid cooling enthusiasts, it can hold its own with an AIO or even an air cooler depending on what your build requires. All of the areas previously mentioned which support up to a 360mm radiator can also fit fans in the place to create a veritable whirlwind in the vast open expanse. I don't see anything that would be a detriment to fitment here.

One thing worth noting is that Lian Li advises for larger boards such as EATX with under board backplates or RGB. You can cut off the topmost portion of the grommets over the cable management pass-through to ensure they do not catch on components. Here we also see the three SSD mounting plates which can be removed or even relocated to the bottom. Should you choose and want to mount a radiator or fans in this position.

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The top section has a magnetic filter in place. The top fan and radiator mounting is slotted to allow finite adjustment as needed to match the fitment of tubing or cabling. The adjacent blank panel is covering the rear chamber where the hot-swap bays and PSU reside.

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The bottom as we see here usually is where the PSU would reside, but with it being flipped 90 degrees in the back, it opens up yet more space for cooling or drives fitment. Here you can mount large thick radiators, fans or even swap the drive mounting plates to this location if you need them and want to use the vertical mounting for a radiator.

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