I will admit, I was excited to see what Lian Li would do with the PC011 Dynamic. With the XL they made some positive quality of life improvements which attributed to it being so versatile to match pretty much any build you may want to do with it.
In testing, we installed only the AIO as we do with any chassis that does not include fans. Therefore airflow is solely dependent on the H100i's capability to cool the CPU and draw air in as it pushed exhaust out the top. Most users would install many more fans or radiators, but I wanted to keep to our control set of parts as there are so many fan variations that it would be unrealistic to represent precisely how you may build.
Much to my surprise, the PC011D XL did an excellent job even when fighting an uphill battle form a GPU that exhausts into the case and only a dual-fan radiator exhausting as its sole source of air movement. The ambient during testing was recorded at 22.4C and an RH of 46%. The CPU comes in at a T over ambient average of 48.7C while the GPU comes in at 39.3C average. This is effortlessly passing, and with a proper airflow setup, this should drop substantially.
Now let's look at some of the most welcome things in the PC011D XL. First I would say the enhanced cooling capability with the inclusion of the rear 120mm mount. This opens things up for air cooling users. For those looking for something a bit more aggressive, the liquid cooling capabilities are substantial. The PC011D XL can be stuffed with thick 360mm rads which would be a massive amount of thermal density. With that, it can cool even the most beastly builds like massive multi-card HEDT workstations while looking awesome in the process.
The flexibility and adaptability of the chassis are outstanding as many things can be swapped to meet your needs or the needs of your build. I know there are plenty of people that don't like RGB, and the front lighting can even be turned off if needed. But the front strip is tastefully done and also has solid color modes, so I really cannot see anyone taking issue with it. The attachment mechanism for the panels is excellent and very different from most cases, I feel very secure in the panel retention, and I feel like it's not really going anywhere. The PC011D XL swings way above its price class in both looks and capabilities.
Lian Li made a rare thing in a case I simply cannot pick apart. The only real concern I could note would be the fact that it comes with no fans, so if a novice builder gets this case, it may be a bit of a shock. Other than that the ability of the brushed metal finish to absorb fingerprints means you will want to keep a soft cloth and possibly some cleaner close by to remove oils otherwise I could see this getting messy with fingerprints rather quickly.
The PC011 Dynamic XL is a behemoth of a case with tons of possibilities. The $199.99 price point, I feel comfortable saying it's justified, be aware you could spend easily 20X â€" 30x that to fill it with gear and build something truly masterful.
Lain Li simply killed it; the PC011D XL is a masterpiece both to look at, and to build in.
GG Lian Li, GG.
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)
The Bottom Line
The PC011 Dynamic XL does so many things right, its virtually ideal for any sort of build. The design may favor insane liquid cooled builds, but any build no matter how wild or mild would benefit form this chassis.