Case Build & Finished Product
Here we see the front of the PC011D XL which looks virtually the same as when we first unboxed it, with the significant exception that it is no longer a massive open space, well in truth, it is. But now it is populated with our standard test bench, and admittedly, this build does not even come close to doing justice to the PC011D XL capabilities. I would say that the PC011D XL is an attractive chassis. But it definitely would not be the first choice for blending in with a subdued home theatre or office setup; this is definitely an enthusiast-level chassis to the Nth level.
Here we take a peek inside and well, our test bench being full ATX almost looks like we could fit a second board next to it almost. The top mount AIO fits with ease and shows just how much more space is available for much thicker radiators in this thing, and the bottom and RH side looks empty. Overall the PC011D XL is easy to work in as it's a vast open space.
Which means there's no cramped feeling. The only issue is when building such a minor system. I cannot help but feel like something is missing since there's so much open space waiting to be used. Everything went in without any issue to speak of, and well, there's plenty of room for expansion even if you start simple like we have here and plan to go bigger over time.
The rear of the PC011D XL even when populated with our test bench is mainly unchanged as there's so much back here. It's merely scratching the surface of the amount of gear we could stuff into this chassis if we were so compelled.
The cable management capabilities of the PC011D XL is strong. I intentionally took all of the cables and bunched them in the center as quickly and messy as possible zip-tying them into one of the cable management loops. I then slapped on the cover bar as you can see here, and this shows how much can be hidden as I gave virtually zero effort to help make pretty cabling to demonstrate a worst-case scenario.
As we see here, the vertical bar hides almost everything without even a hint of the rat's nest I left behind it. If you hate cable management, well the PC011D XL may be your new best friend. Of course, I feel I must say that I intentionally did a poor job at cable management as a capabilities demonstration for the chassis, but it is worth noting that it can be done in the way shown here with no real ill effects, until of course, you may need to trace a cable in the future.
Now that all of the panels are reattached and we buttoned up the system for completion. The first thing to note is that even though it's just clear or slightly tinted glass, even the rather modest test system looks awesome being shrouded by glass on the front and side. When time allows the PC011D XL is on my shortlist to try out some liquid cooling equipment to see exactly how awesome it can look when beefed up.
Here we have the system powered on and it goes form a subdued to lively with eth integrated ARGB front strip and internal components. Now, this is only a small taste as to what you can expect from the PC011D Xl, and while our component list is quite basic to ensure fitment on many cases, it shows what a change even small amounts of RGB makes. The same goes for any installed components as you could choose something like white LED strips and all blacked out components to have a lit-up showcase system that has an unlit stealth appearance. As I started with, in this review, the PC011D XL really does enable you to make the system you want out of it.