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Lian Li PC-Q08 Mini-ITX Mini Tower Case
The Lian Li PC-Q08 is not your average mini-ITX/DTX case. It comes down the same well-trodden path as the Shuttle breadbox style cases and the latest Silverstone Sugo cases, but stands substantially taller than most of them. At almost 11" tall, it can hold up to six hard drives, more than any other case of 21 liters volume that we know of, enough to make a good small file server. Like Silverstone's Sugo SG07, it also supports standard ATX power supplies and extra long graphics cards, making the PC-Q08 a jack-of-all trades type chassis. The case is available in three different colors: black, silver, and red.
The Lian Li PC-Q08 has several qualities that make it a great mini-ITX/DTX case. What we noticed most compared to other cases was its impressive overall fit and finish. It has a sturdy, all-aluminum exterior construction that not only looks great, but is noticeably less flimsy than the Silverstone Sugo SG07. Everything on the inside seems to be fairly well thought out, making installation of components inside the enclosure a breeze. The capacity to hold up to six 3.5" HDD is very impressive; we've never seen a case so small with such high storage potential — 12 TB with today's 2 TB drives.
While support for a large hard drive cage seems to have been the main driving force for the development of the PC-Q08, the resulting size made it big enough to house an ATX power supply as well as a 30 cm long graphics card. CPU heatsink clearance is better than average as well, and the included LED fans have good acoustics and are very quiet when undervolted. The PC-Q08 is also one of the first cases to offer front-mounted USB 3.0 ports.
Last edited by jmke : 8th October 2010 at 11:16.
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