|Lian-Li PC-Q08B Aluminum Mini Tower PC Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Tuesday, 21 December 2010|
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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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
In the next section Benchmark Reviews gives a detailed look at the external features of the Lian-Li PC-Q08.