Lian Li PC-Q08 Mini ITX Case
Sometimes I cannot believe that I have been writing away on Overclock3D for over a year now. During this period of time many of you have been obliged to listen to me rant about various processors, motherboards, graphics cards and memory. However, there is one systems component that I have yet to ever assess; the computer chassis.
Now I'm certain that many of you are in firm belief that its only what's inside that counts. As cute as that may be, I would like to quash this notion before I say another word as this is simply untrue. Much like how one would rather approach that elegant and curvaceous brunette in a west end bar over the slack jawed and drooling cyclops in the corner, it must be said that as much as it's denied, looks and build quality (err...) matter.
Your choice of computer chassis is one of the most important decisions you can make when building a new computer. Unlike processors, graphics cards and RAM which will inevitably fall to the knees of Moore's Law, the right computer case could live through dozens of system upgrades without replacement. This is exactly why it's important to make the right decision from the very beginning.
Those who have been kind enough to closely follow my reviews will know that I have been OC3Ds Mini ITX assessor. As a student who inevitably has to move computer gear around quite frequently, the notion of the Small Form Factor desktop is simply perfect. As far as laptops have come, they are still somewhat restrictive for power users and offer minimal scope for performance optimisation such as Overclocking. So here's the query of the day :- What does one do if they want to build a compact performance machine that can hold it's own against today's full sized desktops? Today we believe Lian Li have the answer to this question with their PC-Q08 chassis.
|Case Type||Mini Tower|
|Dimensions||(W) 227mm x (H) 272mm x (D) 345mm|
|Front bezel Material||Aluminum|
|Color||Black / Silver / Red|
|5.25" drive bay (External)||1|
|3.5" drive bay (External)||none|
|3.5" drive bay (Internal)||6|
|Motherboard||Mini-ITX / Mini-DTX|
|System Fan (Front)||Black, Silver / 140mm Blue LED Fan x 1|
Red / 140mm Red LED Fan x 1
|System Fan (Top)||Black, Silver / 120mm Fan x 1|
Red / 120mm Red LED Fan x 1
|System Fan (Rear)||none|
|I/O Ports||USB3.0 x 2 / HD Audio|
At 22cm x 27cm x 34cm, the Lian Li PC-Q08 is one of the largest Mini ITX/DTX cases around today. However if you run with us for a moment, you will understand why...
Returning to my Buzz Killington like story about aesthetics and build quality, it should be mentioned that Lian Li truly are the Bentley or Rolls Royce of the computing industry. The designers behind these cases firmly believe that glossy plastic and SECC Steel have no place on the vast majority of their product portfolio. So Xclio/ColoursIT/Raidmax fanboys, step aside as we're about to show you what true quality is about...hopefully.