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Written by David Ramsey   
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Lian Li PC-T60 PitStop ATX Test Bench Chassis
Closer Look: Lian Li PC-T60
PC-T60 Detailed Features
Lian Li PC-T60 Installation
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

PC-T60 Detailed Features

At the back of the chassis Lian Li provides a mount for two 2.5" drives. This is a welcome feature considering the growing popularity of SSDs. You can of course also use this bracket to mount laptop-style hard drives as shown below.

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Unlike any other test bench style case, the Lian Li PITSTOP PC-T60 has a standard card backplane with a full 8 slots. Want to set up a system with a double-width video card in the last slot? No problem! The extra bracing provides support for large and heavy video cards that's much more robust than some of the rather "delicate" systems I've seen in other cases of this type.

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From the rear we can see almost every feature of the case: the power supply mount at the lower left, the 3.5" drive cage to the right, the 2.5" drive cage above the 3.5" cage, and the two 5.25" device mounts suspended from the motherboard tray. All told you can mount a total of seven storage devices. The T60's twin 5.25" bays give you some extra mounting options for non-storage devices, too.

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It looks pretty good so far, but what's it like to build and use a system with the PC-T60 Test Bench case? Benchmark Reviews will cover this in the next section.



 

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# RE: Lian Li PC-T60 PitStop ATX Test Bench ChassisServando Silva 2010-06-23 21:46
I was waiting for this review since I'm looking for a new bench table.
I like it but that bar at the top really ruins the design. I know you can take it off but those side bars would still be there.
It's still a nice price considering it's a Lian Li's product.
David, I'd have love to see more detailed photos from your personal installation but that's just me I suppose.
Servando
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# RE: Lian Li PC-T60 PitStop ATX Test Bench ChassisDoug 2010-06-24 00:05
Why not make a deck the rotates with the power supply on the other side? That way you don't have to disconnect anything except the drives. Is it so hard?
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# IO expansion?Hsew 2010-06-25 19:44
You mentioned the ability to put an IO plate in there but they are IMPOSSIBLE to find in online retailers. How on earth do you get a hold of these? Seriously!
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# RE: IO expansion?Olin Coles 2010-06-25 20:08
Are you referring to the I/O panel that comes with the motherboard?
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# RE: RE: IO expansion?Hsew 2010-06-26 05:28
Yes, I've looked quite hard for the IO panels (they have them on their website under chassis modding > case parts > multimedia I/O ports kit, but when I look up the model number of the one I want in google there are absolutely no results for any etailers. Quite annoying, really.
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# WAY too many screwsThe_Assimilator 2010-07-24 13:02
My suggestion for Lian-Li is to release a v2 of this case with the following changes:

- support for XL-ATX motherboards
- make the 2 aluminium pieces that form the handle at least 2cm taller so that the handle doesn't obstruct tower CPU coolers
- widen the motherboard tray by at least 1cm on the right edge (the one where the CPU sits) so that wider CPU coolers don't push up against the aluminium piece that forms the handle
- screwless push-button system for mounting the 5.25" devices, e.g. like the HAF 932. Currently this will be problematic but if the tray is widened as proposed above, it will work fine.
- add plastic mobo standoffs that allow you to drop the board on/lift it off. Keep the screwable standoffs for people who want to mount their boards more firmly.
- drill another set of holes in the mobo tray (between the holes at the back and the holes in the middle) where it attaches to the rest of the chassis, to improve balance
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