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Reviewed by: Mike Goyette [10.22.01]
Manufactured by: Lian Li 
MSRP: $200


Now That's a Lot of Features!

No doubt about it, this case has some very serious features. Let's start from the outside and work our way in.

The PC-60 arrived in the standard oversized packing box with Styrofoam inserts. Once out of the box I fell in love with the clean design. Small details like the "carbon fiber" bezel molding, nifty aluminum power button and generous size shows that a lot of thought went into the creation of this case.


The four 5.25" bays should be enough for most users, and proved to be just enough for me, but my plans for a double height LCD have been put aside. Three 3.5" bays seems overly generous to me, at most I would use two...hmmm maybe a mini bay bus. The bottom of the front bezel hides the dual intake fans behind a grid of small holes. While limiting the amount of air into the case, they add a nice finished look to the front bezel. The rear panel shows the standard ATX back plane, the 80mm exhaust fan and the gaping hole where the power supply should be.

Two thumbscrews in the rear of the case secure each of the side panels. Once the screws are removed, the side slides off easily to reveal the nicely detailed interior. Taking a look at the front half you can see the five hidden drive bays. You may have noticed that the hidden drive chassis mounts the drive vertically. This design enabled the engineers to make room for five drives. Of course if you use all five you will end up blocking the front intake fans. Above that are three visible bays and four 5.25" bays. Only two of the 5.25" bays are easily accessible, with the top two hidden behind the inside wall. My guess is the wall is needed to stiffen the case and adds to its durability, but it is an annoyance to those of us with big fat hands. On the bright side the clear molding that was added along the 5.25" bay and bottom of the wall ensures that while you are stuffing your meat hooks up into the top bays you won't get cut. Moving to the back, you can see the rear fan and expansion slot covers, which are held in with thumbscrews.

Another nice touch is the motherboard cabling. Every case I've owned has had motherboard and power cables as a set of loose thin gauge wires with tiny connectors. If you take a close look at these cables you will notice that they are neatly bound into ribbon style cable. The motherboard connection cable also unplugs from the case, a very pleasant bonus. The PC-60 USB also has four USB connectors, which tie into a front mount USB port.

After removing a few thumbscrews, the motherboard tray, hidden 3.5" bay, and visible 3.5" slide out easily. Once the hidden bay is removed, you can easily get at the front intake fans and see the pc speaker stuck onto the bottom of the case. The removable motherboard tray is a wonderful feature, and you should make sure that ANY case you get has one. Lian Li has designed the tray so that the entire rear portion of the case slides out. The chief benefit being that you can easily install your cards and heatsink while the motherboard out of the case.

The front bezel clips release effortlessly, but still manage hold the bezel on securely. Having removed the bezel you can get a better look at the fan filter and usb ports. The filter cage snaps off with a gentle tug and once off you can get at the filter to clean it. A nice convenience for keeping your machine dust free. To the top and right of the filter is the voltage control switch for the front fans. The switch has three settings, Low, Medium and High. If the whirring of the fans gets to you it is great to be able to power them down a little. On the downside, you have to pull off the front to do it.

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