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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 Interior

For being a mini-ITX case, the interior is pretty big. There's space for a 5.25" optical drive, a 2.5" storage drive, and 6 slots for 3.5" storage drives. Both HDD chambers can be removed to increase internal space and make installation easier.

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The right side of the case works as a panel, but also as a motherboard tray. This is a nice feature but also means you won't have any extra space between the motherboard and the side panel to hide cables, and that's a very wanted feature nowadays.

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Here's a closer look to the fan at the top. Both fans can be connected via 3-pin headers to the motherboard, but include a 3-pin to molex adapter in case of being necessary.

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Once we remove all the HDD cages we can have a closer look to the front panel cables. While the power/reset cables are the same we see on each case, the USB 3.0 cables are quite thick and difficult to hide/manage. Everything else is just fine.

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You might have been wondering how Lian-Li could add USB 3.0 support. That's a difficult thing to do as many motherboards don't include headers for it, and the ones including USB 3.0 headers for frontal ports are limited to their own front panels. Lian-Li implemented a very simple yet bulk solution including USB 3.0 extension cables. That means you need those cables to reach your own USB 3.0 ports at the I/O area of your motherboard. I'm saying it's a bulk solution because then you need to pass the cable extensions through the case and get them out again by a PCI slot (that's why they included a different PCI cover in the accessories box). If you still want to get functional USB 2.0 ports at the front, Lian-Li includes a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter, but since it seems I have very bad luck with Lian-Li they shipped a non-functional adapter. As you can see in the next photo, the adapter comes with USB male connectors instead of female ones. That means I can't use the adapters and my sample simply won't have functional USB ports at the front panel. There's no need to worry because all other samples shipped for reviews (and users) have female adapters. I'm sure this is a particular case.

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Taking off the HDD cages is quite simple. For the cage at the middle, just take off one screw and pull it gently. The lower chamber needs better support, so you'll need to take off 4 screws at the bottom to take it off.

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In the next page, Benchmark Reviews gives a detailed look to the internal features of the Lian-Li PC-Q08.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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