Lian Li PC-B71

Conclusion

Conclusion

I've had the pleasure of working with many cases in my time, both for OC3D and my own personal PC based activities. I don't mind admitting that I am incredibly picky, the amount of work I actually turn away just because it happens to be from a brand that to date have not actually produced anything that I would even take a second look at. Even fewer cases actually manage to get my creative juices flowing, and get that grey matter up stairs I use so little thinking 'what can I do with this'.

Lian Li's generally always get me envisaging whats possible with their cases. Far too often will people overlook a Lian Li because it is too bland. If there was a study into these people I'm sure they would be the type of people in love with cars that look like they have ram raided Halfords, unsure what way round a baseball cap should be fitted, and unless their case has more lights than Blackpool seafront and more fans that a gig at Wembley stadium they wouldn't even look at buying it. I'm happy to say that these people can just switch off now and head over to one of the inferior review sites if you haven't already. Those that are left that are lucky enough to have an ounce of imagination will no doubt already have in their heads whats possible with a chassis like this. I've made a couple of videos, one to go over the points of the B71 but one also to break the mold with reviews and try to show you whats possible with these cases should you have the time, money and imagination to create something unique.

 

 

 

I really like the Jekyll & Hyde ability of the Lian Li's, you could easily build this as a work station, or home server straight from the box and it will do the job impeccably. You will experience no problems building the machine, and it will perform much better than you may expect. Lian Li even managed to win me over with the new additional details to the B-series, I started out thinking I would hate them but they quickly won me over.

Because of my personal tastes with Lian Li I had to add emphasis on the ability to mod these chassis and create something completely unique. If I could add a score for 'Possibilities' then the B71 would easily score a 10.

Editors Choice

Thank you to Lian Li for providing the sample for review today. You Can discuss the points raised in the review in our forums.

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18-01-2010, 03:18:56

tinytomlogan
In my first review of 2010 I take a look at the Lian Li PC-B71.

Continue Reading

18-01-2010, 04:12:17

Youngie1337
Been waiting for a review of this. Nice one, gonna watch. Will ninja edit this post.

18-01-2010, 05:02:52

w3bbo
I don't normally go for LianLI's but that does look a nice case (apart from the gash blue fans). Great review as always m8.

18-01-2010, 05:30:16

tinytomlogan
As ever though fans are a simple fix, we are hardly likely to keep the back stock black fans anyways are we

18-01-2010, 06:39:22

f0x.
Great review, seems a pleasant enough case stock, but lets see one with a 120.3 in the roof :P

18-01-2010, 06:58:47

Apans
Great Review Tom!

im abit conserned about the hot swap bays tho, as the green color of the back plate might get in the way when you're modding?

well love the review and the youtube videos! great id with the new "Lian Li B71 - What Mods Are Possible?" want to see more of those in the future.

Cheers //// Apans

19-01-2010, 05:27:27

FarFarAway
Hey Tom, nice review as usual mate

There's a couple of images missing the larger versions on page 4 and I want to look at em

19-01-2010, 06:09:27

tinytomlogan
The new uploader isnt the same as the old one, so Im unsure why the bigger pics are not there as we dont get to set them any more. Ill have to get my HTML cap on and go hunting

19-01-2010, 09:49:21

VonBlade
Image links fixed

19-01-2010, 12:02:12

alexhull24
Good review, great case!

On my next big rebuild (i.e. socket change, totally new system, happens every 4-5 years or so), I'll seriously consider this. Can't quite justify dropping 250 on a case right now when the P182SE does me fine.

I liked how you try to get across what good case cooling is. I never would have expected it to perform so well if I'm being honest. Perhaps I underestimated Lian Li, though I've been after one of their cases for a while, but ended up with two Antec cases instead, mainly due to price.
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