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 Post subject: Quiet Lian Li Case
PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:42 pm 
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Can these cases be quiet? I realize that they are all aluminum but they do have noise dampening materials inside and rubber grommets.

I've been looking at the TYR PCX-500, PC-80 and PC-A77. Any thoughts on these models or should I just stick to the good old Antec P182.


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yes they can be silenced. Any case can be. Since Lian Li's are pretty prone to aluminium racket, it would be good idea to cover panel with two-layer acoustic foam or using bitumen mat / self adhessive floor tiles on case and then glues foam on the tiles / bitumen.

Tiles / bitumen brings mass to the case and kills the vibration while foam helps absorping high pitched noises.

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I love TYR PCX-500! Anyone tried it? I wonder how much vibration costs lian li's mounting method?


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 Post subject: Re: Quiet Lian Li Case
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:16 pm 
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davewolfs wrote:
Any thoughts on these models or should I just stick to the good old Antec P182.
If that's your starting point and what you want is more space then A71 is Lian Li you want to look.

I've myself had it for some time.
Should have done it earlier but I try to get something written about that project into User Reviews forum for weekend.


thejamppa wrote:
yes they can be silenced. Any case can be.
Depends entirely on definition of silencing:
If it's removing sources of noise then that's possible.
But in case of using that for ability of case to contain/muffle noises of components you can't silence those cases which leak noise.
Sound insulation/damping has good effect only in case which doesn't leak noise directly toward listener.

And A77 fails that. (copy of CM Stacker I've had)
PC80 lowers bar further by forcing PSU into hotter place.

TYR 500 has at least something in front of noise leaking hole but job wasn't fully completed and it's component housing capacity isn't that great.

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EsaT: With all due respect I slightly disagree. Any case can be silenced. Its completely different matter wether it's sensible to go so far and start doing heavy modifications and risk permanently damaging the case. In theory every case can be silenced and muffled. In practise going that far is not always sensible.

However, quiet case cannot be quiet unless you have quiet components. That we all agree.

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What do you all think about the PC-70, PC-V2110 or PC-V2010?


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PC-70 is clearly old outdated design with small fans and lot of horribly restrictive fan vents in need of serious cutting. Compared to those hard HDD mounting to cage is almost minor problem.
(and not much depth for long graphics card)

V2x10 is lot more modern design and V2110 has also acoustically good door.
http://www.lian-li.com.tw/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=208&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=61&g=spec
http://www.lian-li.com.tw/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=211&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=61&g=spec
But if you're getting case for high end gaming PC with long high end graphics cards (probable when you're looking this size cases) airflow of motherboard chamber where huge majority of heat is produced relies only to ability of one fan to both draw air to inside chamber and exhaust it which isn't good thing for chances of keeping speed of fan at low level.

And V2110 has some very questionable features:
Rubber strip between door and front face leaves only very little airflow routes when door is closed:
http://lian-li.com/v2/tw/product/upload/image/V2110/v2110f03.JPG
And that claimed "sound insulation material" of V2110 is about worthless Akasa Paxmate without name stamped on it.


I would consider PC-A70 and especially door equipped A71 as best compromises of space, cooling and silencing friendly features.
Because of light weight there's just need to add combination damping mat for both mass damping and better noise insulation.
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What about cases like the new B10 that feature 2mm acoustic foam on the side panels? Not enough, sure, but it's something.

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What about cases like the new B10 that feature 2mm acoustic foam on the side panels? Not enough, sure, but it's something.
That 2mm is thickness of side panel, that lining Akasa Paxmate is mighty little over one millimeter thicker than that.
Also new Lian Li's HDD tray system doesn't look good, metal tray itself is enough to act as loudspeaker amplifying HDD noise. Have to wonder what they we're thinking of how they've trashed that at least mostly working soft mounting.

But I sure love the way how they took that approach to toolless PCI mounting system by making it from metal when others are toying with their plastic junks.
(then again it removes possibility of BS-03/BS-06 PCI coolers)

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EsaT wrote:
Also new Lian Li's HDD tray system doesn't look good, metal tray itself is enough to act as loudspeaker amplifying HDD noise. Have to wonder what they we're thinking of how they've trashed that at least mostly working soft mounting.

I have the non sound-proofed version of the same case here at work, the PC-60F, with the same new style mounting system. And it's definitely rubber mounted, actually the drive is strapped in its shell by a rubber/plastic thingie then the whole tray is rubber mounted to the chassis. As a result the Velociraptor in a Scythe QD 2.5 that lives in it doesnt make even a single noise when working. I'd say it's pretty successful at that.


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