Inside the Lancool II Continued
Looking at the rear interior surface, we see the pre-installed fan in place. This fan is like the others a 120mm case fan, which is 3-pin DC controlled. We also see the internally accessible slot covers used to cover unused expansion slots when not occupied. Also of note is the quite substantial length of the slotted mounting holes for the fan as you can see the slots go well below the mounting, allowing for a decent amount of vertical adjustment.
Here we have the rear cable management side panel removed, and what we see is well nothing. Lian Li chose to opt-in for cable management covers on the Lancool II, and from a builder perspective, this is a great choice. For those who want to show off their cable management prowess, the covers can be removed, but for gamers who want to build their rig and game, you can shove everything behind the panels and get to playing. One area not covered here is the two SSD bays as many users like to show off their SSDs, so Lian Li left this open so that whether it be an RGB part or even just a cool looking SSD, it won't be hidden like the cables.
Now we did it; we pulled all of the covers. Here you can see the full cable management section of the Lancool II with no significant obstructions. One part worthy of noting is that Lian Li opted to include a plate which we left mounted over part of the CPU cutout. This is a tray Lian Li installs for users to affix RGB or Fan hubs to the chassis where they can be hidden rather than dealing with a heap of RGB wiring and management. This I give Lian Li credit for as typically users have to improvise their mounting location for ancillary components such as a Corsair Commander Pro, which is a quite common accessory for many RGB enthusiasts builds. Also, note the large loop of cables to the left, they were just this way with the covers in place, and nobody was the wiser, which is the beauty of these covers should you not want to deal with the cable management aspect of the build.
We flip back around the front to show the trays, and their cage mounted in the lower section. This is where the accessory box is found as well, which is familiar with many chassis we have seen. The three trays, as mentioned previously, support 3.5" HDDs or 2.5" drives depending upon your needs. They also have an optional hot-swap PCB accessory, which we will look into later.
Back at the cable management side again and we see that the flip-down shroud plate is also home to two of the 2.5" drive mounts. Lian Li tried to make use of any space available to place something.
Here we finally get a look at the PSU mounting, which has thick rubberized foam pads for the PSU to rest upon. As you can see, the HDD cage is at its furthest back location, which should be excellent for clearance with our PSU as it is a 140mm SilverStone unit and one of the most compact Kilowatt units we have used.
The front panel cables are as follows:
- SATA power for RGB controller
- 20-Pin USB 3.0 (USB 3.2 Gen 1) cable feeds front panel Type-A ports
- Power, Reset, and Power LED headers
- HD Audio header
- 3-pin ARGB cable to sync the internal RGB controller to motherboard or other RGB controller
This is a reasonably stout I/O, and if you opt for the accessory USB Type-C port, then you can install it, and you would have the USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector as well. For the price, if you were going to add anything to this case, I would pay the 12 bucks for that one, which we will check out soon.
Last updated: Nov 21, 2019 at 10:57 am CST