|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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PC-Q08 Detailed Exterior Features
Many "aluminum" cases these days are only partially aluminum, with substantial amounts of steel and plastic in addition to the aluminum. This is understandable: aluminum costs more than steel or plastic. This is not one of those cases. With the exception of a few tiny bits (steel thumbscrews, plastic internal cables, etc.) the entire case is aluminum. All of the aluminum is "grained" in the same direction and has the same texture, matching perfectly. Lian-Li also includes rounded edges to achieve an elegant design for the PC-Q08.
The front panel includes a power and a reset button, both back-lighted by blue LEDs. Below we have a pair of USB 3.0 ports and HD audio plugs for speakers/headphones and microphone. Lian-Li "forgot" to include Fire-wire ports, but that's something many people won't miss.
Once I removed the side panel, I discovered some scratches at the internal part of it. I quickly discovered my sample had the 140mm (front) fan uninstalled and jumping freely inside of the case, which probably was the source of the scratches. Actually, I found several others inside my sample, but I hope this to be an exception and not something you'll find on every PC-Q08 shipped.
Here's a picture showing how air-flow works inside the PC-Q08. Basically, it's the same as 90% of the rest of the cases at the market. Cold air enters by the 140mm fan and all the holes at the bottom of the case. Heat is removed from HDDs/SSDs, GPU, CPU, RAM and all other hot components and finally it's being exhausted at the rear (holes) and at the top by the 120mm fan. There's an additional exhaust point which is the PSU. When installed, it will also take hot air from the CPU area and exhaust it to the rear.
In the next section Benchmark Reviews gives you a closer look to the interior of the PC-Q08. Follow us there.