Lian Li PC-101: Aluminum *Can* be Quiet!

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July 7, 2006 by Devon Cooke

Lian Li PC-101B
"Classical Silent" Mid-Tower Case
Lian Li Industrial Co., Ltd.
Sample Supplier
Hampton-Technologies Inc
Lian Li's US distributor
Market Price

Lian Li specializes in high end aluminum computer cases, and they have a reputation for being good at what they do. SPCR posted a reader review of the Lian Li PC-V2000 two years ago, but we've never actually tested any Lian Li cases in the SPCR lab until the smaple at hand, a PC-101, which Lian Li bills as one of their "Classical Silent" chassis'.

Like most Lian Li cases, the PC-101 is made of thick aluminum. That makes for a very light case, but it also provokes the issue of resonance. The light weight of the material means that it transmits vibration quite easily, and such vibration is often audible. Nevertheless, we're interested to see what Lian Li's engineers have come up with to address the problem. Have they made an effort to fix it, or is the PC-101 silent in name only?

"Design to be Cool!": Be an engineer — all the cool kids are doing it.

Appearance is one of the things Lian Li is best known for. The PC-101 is no exception; it's designed with great attention to detail, somewhat like an expensive automobile. It's even available in multiple colors; black with aluminum trim or aluminum with black trim — your choice.

Personally, I think it looks like... a fridge.

5 x 5.25" external bays
6 x 3.5" internal bays (removable HDD brackets)
3 x 12 cm ball bearing
- patented removable cooling kit
- CPU air duct for 12cm fan
- Air Duct for PSU fan
ATX & pentium 4 (max size: 12"x9.6")
Top I/O
2 x USB 2.0
1 x IEEE 1394 x 1;
1 x MIC
1 x EAR
210 x 460 x 490mm (W x H x D)
Weight (Net / Gross)
9.2kg / 10.6kg

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