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Written by Servando Silva   
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Lian-Li PC-Q08B Aluminum Mini Tower PC Case
Closer Look: PC-Q08 Exterior
PC-Q08 Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: PC-Q08 Interior
PC-Q08 Detailed Interior Features
Building a Mini Tower System
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: PC-Q08 Exterior

Once you open the box you'll find the PC-Q08 case and a box with accessories inside of it. Make sure you open it and identify everything before starting to build your HTPC. Lian-Li includes a plastic bag with lots of screws for different purposes. Extra screws are provided to ensure availability. They also include a PCI bracket cover for USB 3.0 cables (I'll explain this later) and a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter. Finally, there's the HDD cage support that replaces the lower chamber when installing a long GPU.

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Going straight to the case, Lian-Li opted for a squared-form with rounded edges design. It actually looks like a small fridge, but it's elegant enough to place it at the middle of your living room. Notice how all the panels have got holes for ventilation in different places. The PC-Q08 was planned for some real hot components.

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The rear reveals a full mesh with holes for ventilation too, but lacking of a fan which we normally find in many cases. As it's visible, the PSU is placed just in front of the motherboard limiting our CPU from enjoying Full-Tower heat-sinks. The PSU won't hinder GPU installation though...

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At the bottom we have 4 rubber-stands to avoid slipping and protecting the case from getting scratched on rough surfaces. Again, Lian-Li includes a lot of holes for proper ventilation. Those are specially aimed for HDDs and the GPU.

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There's a 120mm black fan at the top to exhaust hot air from the CPU. I think a second fan at the top, or following the holes trend in the rest of the top panel would have been OK too. If you still want a high-end cooling solution for you CPU, you're always able to install an all-in-one water cooling solution like the Corsair H50 or the Coolit ECO.

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In the next section Benchmark Reviews gives a detailed look at the external features of the Lian-Li PC-Q08.



 

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# Lian Li have missed the pointShakey 2010-12-22 02:46
The case is simply too big for Mini-ITX. I don't see the point in paying a premium for Mini-ITX components only to drop them into a box about the same size as a Micro-ATX.

Don't get me wrong, it's great that the modding community started the whole trend of cramming desktop-level components into Mini-ITX builds and now manufacturers are catering to this niche market, but to focus your product range entirely on this?

The Q07 was too big because of the full-sized PSU and optical drive (yet could only fit a single-slot graphics card, so what's the point in a full-sized PSU). Now the Q08 is even bigger, and the Q11 is about the same size.

Oh and it being Lian Li the price is too much - the Q08 on its own is only about £15 less then a Sugo SG05-450, and that comes with a 450W 80Plus Bronze PSU (which is powerful enough to run any graphics card that can actually fit inside).

Silverstone got it right with the SG05/06 and event though the SG07 is pushing it a bit, it's still an obviously Mini-ITX case and about the right size.
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# Need more pics?cbeijer 2010-12-22 14:04
Nice review...but it seems as if a few pics are missing. Where is the pic where the full system is installed, eg PSU and GPU? Also it would be nice to see if/how the bigger GPUs/PSUs fit in the case.
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# RE: Need more pics?Servando Silva 2010-12-22 19:02
Thanks cbeijer.
The GPU goes right below the PSU, so imagine the GTX 460 I showed in the picture with the PSU installed. And as long as the GPU measures 300mm long or less, it will be able to be installed.
I mentioned larger PSUs might have problems with the HDD cage at the middle, but you can remove it and still install 2 x 3.5" HDDs. I don't think many people will install a 1000 watts super-large PSU on this chassis. A 600 watts PSU should be fine for any GPU.
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