Lian Li PC-A51 Review
Up close: Interior Overview and Drive bays.
Ok, so just take a few moments to orientate yourselves here and then we'll commence the tour round the interior. As we've said, this is a revers airflow case, which means that the intake fan is at the rear and the exhaust at the front. In this instance it also means that the PSU is mounted at the front, which enables the total height of the case to be kept quite low. Have a look at close the seven vented PCI slot covers come to the floor of the case and you'll see how much room has been saved by not having the PSU there. With all this weirdness going on you do still get a good sized CPU cut out, although only two rubber grommeted cable management holes, one of which is going to see quite a lot of action.
At the very top of the case there's space for a single 5.25" device. Tool-free mounting of course. The wires for the front I/O also pass though this area but there's plenty of room on tap so no problems are expected.
We absolutely love how Lian Li have mounted the 3.5"/2.5" racks. Each one is individually located, being held in place by a simple yet very effective cantilever mechanism, and secured from behind by a pair of thumb bolts. they give the drives the appearance that they are floating in place, and of course being individually mounted you can choose to remove the ones you don't need, or even the whole lot. Removing the lot allows us a better view of the 140mm extract fan fitted in the front. The fan is fitted with a circular grille to protect your hands should you be stupid enough to go poking around inside while the PC is still powered up.
The fan is held in place by four screws and rubber isolation pads. These are physically attached to the fan itself which is then slid in sideways and locked into position by key hole latches.
Right down at the front corner of the base we find the home for the PSU. The PSU has its own mounting bracket and adjustable rubber capped support to cater for varying lengths. This bracket is adjusted from the outside by means of two screws as seen in the image below right.