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Lian Li PC011 Dynamic XL Full-Tower Chassis Review (Page 5)

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

Inside the PC011 Dynamic XL Continued

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Here we have the rear section where you get your first real look at the large placard signifying the partnership between Lian Li and Der Bauer on the PC011 Dynamic chassis. We also see the full eight slots of expansion for HBA's, SSD's or GPU's depending on your configuration needs. It is good to note here that there are no separators between slots. This means that there is less likelihood of the issue where a slightly offset board mounting can have a DisplayPort or HDMI GPU port being blocked. The fan port supports 120mm, and the CPU cutout adjacent to it is massive.

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Lifting the panel off, once again we see the top and side retention studs which slot into the top and side rails of the chassis. We also see across the bottom of the panel it has tabs just like the other panels to help slot the panel into place. The previously mentioned airflow mesh can be seen here as well along with the magnetic filtration which is stuck to the inside of the panel.

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Here we see the vertical bar which can be used for mounting an additional three 2.5" drives. That panel also works as a vertical separator capable of hiding the cabling to make for a visually cleaner build. You will notice the central part of the I/O cabling can be seen tied off to the left.

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Here we now remove the covers we mentioned previously. Under these covers are pre-wired hot-swap cages, two per opening for a total of four hot-swap cages capable of supporting 3.5" or 2.5" drives. The trays are metal and do not simply slide out as they need to have a recessed thumbscrew loosened first. This is to ensure none of the installed trays come loose during normal usage. Which would be problematic to have a drive you may be using to become disconnected randomly. As mentioned before you can remove these trays entirely in favor of more PSU's if you need. But I imagine most users will likely leave the hot-swap bays in place.

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Removing the vertical bar, we now get a look at the two hot-swap bays and their internal wiring. Also, some of the I/O wiring is here as well, and it also reveals cable tie-down locations. These can be used to bundle cabling under the vertical bar to make for a cleaner build even if the cables are just bunched up behind the bar; nobody would ever know.

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Here we take a closer look at the preinstalled hot-swap cages and their connected wiring. Each has two SATA data connections and a single SATA power connection which splits to both bays in the cage. This is good as it means the four hot-swap drives can utilize only two SATA power leads. This will simplify cabling since most SATA power cables on PSUs have four connectors.

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The bottom-most area is where the stock PSU location is placed. There is a rubberized foam pad in place here to ensure your PSU rests somewhere less abrasive than a direct metal surface. There is also another small square to the left, which is the LED controller for the front panel vertical RGB strip. The controller has a SATA power coming from it along with a three-pin ARGB header to allow it to sync with your motherboard.

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The front panel cables are plentiful for the bevy of connectivity both at the front and bottom I/O locations.

The cables are as follows (left to right):

  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) 20-pin header feeds the foot-mounted Type-A ports
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) 20-pin header feeds the I/O top-mounted Type-A ports
  • HD Audio connector
  • Front panel power/reset switch and HDD/power leads.
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C internal header
  • SATA power connector for internal RGB controller
  • 3-pin ARGB header for RGB controller powering front panel strip

Now, let's take a look at what comes in the accessory pack.

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