|Lian Li PC-A58B Mid-Tower Case: Non-Production Release|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 29 October 2007|
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Detailed Interior Features
Seeing the image below helps explain why the Lian Li PC-A58B Black Aluminum Alloy Mid-Tower ATX case still gets the top-mounted I/O ports. It all starts with the power supply. Since the PSU was relocated, an exhaust fan was designed into the top of the case above the CPU. Since this fan created a small plane of unused space it only makes sense that Lian Li utilized this space for the I/O ports.
I still contend that the upper portion of the PC-A58 series could have been designed differently; and the fan could have stayed exactly where it is now and the I/O ports could be located within the front bezel. I have seen this idea in other Lian Li case designs, such as the new PC-PC-A09B.
The hard drive rack inside the Lian Li PC-A58B is designed to allow for a tool-less installation. Essentially the mechanism is a tray, which supports the hard drive by grommet-laden screws in the disk.
As you can see from the image above, the airflow path is somewhat restricted by the perpendicular mounting direction of the cage. If this were the case holding my components, it would get turned so that the cooling fan could better pass the air over the disks. Even with it turned, the wiring is not that big of a problem unless you have SLi 8800 GTX/Ultra's, and even then you can position the hard drive at the lowest position if you operate with a single disk.
At the rear of the PC-A58B Aluminum Alloy Mid-Tower ATX case you will find a rare untouched canvas. There are a few ventilation slots between the power supply and the motherboards I/O panel, but that's where it ends. There are no liquid cooling grommets, which should be standard equipment these days; especially in a mini mid-tower case.
The determined case modder or hardware enthusiast on a tight budget could easily drill a nice hole though the aluminum alloy. My advice would be to also consider taking a path through the empty space above the PSU and I/O panel as well.