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