Lian Li PC-Q08 Mini-ITX Mini Tower Case

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Lian Li PC-Q08 All-Aluminum Mini-ITX Case

September 27, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Lian Li PC-Q08
Mini-ITX/DTX Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$110

The Lian Li PC-Q08 is not your average mini-ITX/DTX case. It comes down the same well-trodden path as the Shuttle breadbox style cases and the latest Silverstone Sugo cases, but stands substantially taller than most of them. At almost 11" tall, it can hold up to six hard drives, more than any other case of 21 liters volume that we know of, enough to make a good small file server. Like Silverstone's Sugo SG07, it also supports standard ATX power supplies and extra long graphics cards, making the PC-Q08 a jack-of-all trades type chassis. The case is available in three different colors: black, silver, and red.


The box.

The PC-Q08 follows in the Lian Li tradition of quality construction. The case is composed of 1.5 mm thick anodized brush aluminum, giving it a slight shine that accentuates the crimson red paint job on our sample. The corners are stylishly rounded on the outside, giving it less of a clunky, boxy appearance.


The PC-Q08R (Red).

The side panels are flat sheets held on with a series of tiny black screws lining the edges. Cooling is provided by two fans, a 14 cm model acting as a front intake, and a 12 cm model at the top acting as an exhaust. Both are constructed of translucent plastic and feature red LEDs (the fans in the black and silver versions of the PC-Q08 sport blue LEDs).


From another angle.

The layout places the power supply on its side above the motherboard, something that used to be common in shorter ATX cases of old, perhaps around the Pentium III and Celeron era. The power supply can be flipped so the bottom 120/140 mm intake fan on modern units can pull air from either the inside or outside (thanks to a well placed vent on the side panel).


Accessories.

The package accessories include an external USB to internal USB 2.0 header and a metal spacer that is used to replace the bottom hard drive cage in case it interferes with a long graphics card.

Specifications: Lian Li PC-Q08
(from the product web page)
Model PC-Q08
Case Type Mini Tower
Dimensions (W) 227 x (H) 272 x (D) 345mm
21.3 liters volume
Front bezel Material Aluminum
Color Black / Silver / Red
Side Panel Aluminum
Body Material Aluminum
Net Weight 2.73KG
5.25" drive bay (External) 1
3.5" drive bay (External) none
3.5" drive bay (Internal) 6
Expansion Slot 2
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
Maximum Video Card Size 300mm
Package Dimensions (W) 279mm x (H) 333mm x (D) 407mm



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