|Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Sunday, 23 January 2011|
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Closer Look: PC-K63 Interior
In this section we will take a look inside the Lancool PC-K63 case. By the time we are done with this section you will wish that Lancool had made as much effort on the exterior styling as they have on the inside. The interior is very well thought out and will make all the difference as to whether this case is a hit or not.
Inside the PC-K63 case there is lots of room to move around and plenty of options for routing cables. Commonly asked for measurements are; 29.5cm (11.5") from the PCI backplates to the HDD rack, 42cm (16.5") from PCI backplates to the front fans (HDD racks are removable) and lastly above the motherboard you have a 2.5cm (1") gap. You cant see it too well in this image but all of the motherboard stand offs come pre installed.
Removing the right side panel reveals even more great innovations. The cable routing channel is a new feature for Lancool cases, you won't get all of your cables in here but there is room for quite a bit. The motherboard tray terminates near the bottom of the case (PSU area) and leaves a lot of options when it comes to routing or hiding cables away. Further to this are the cable routing cut outs at the bottom and at the side of the motherboard tray, these give ever more options for an accurate and tidy install. The CPU backplate cut-out is nice and big but it could do with moving to the left slightly as you will see later in the review.
Looking at the top from inside the PC-K63 you will notice that the top of the case comes pre cut for mounting two 140mm fans, there should be just enough room above the motherboard to install standard 25mm thick fans inside the case as opposed to where they are installed by default on the outside. Just to the left of these fans are two holes that would suggest that a radiator could be installed on top of the case under the plastic shroud. In my build I routed the front panel USB 3.0 cable under the top shroud and down through one of those holes in order to keep it out of the way of other internal components and to have a neater looking build.
Looking towards the front now we see space for three 5.25" drives / devices, two of which have tool free mounting. The HDD racks are removable and non obtrusive to the intake airflow (until they are populated that is). The front fans are mounted on the inside of the case and could quite possibly be mounted on the outside of the case also as there is just enough room behind the front shroud, this once again opens up more possibilities for a watercooling installation with rad thickness being the only real concern.
Looking towards the back inside the PC-K63 the first thing I noticed was that it has eight PCI slots, seven of these are tool free and the last one has a thumbscrew holding it in place. This opens up the possibility for quad GPU setup dependant on your motherboard, but more than likely it will be better suited for support of triple VGA setups with video cards that have dual slot coolers. Lancool have installed a 120mm fan in the back, the specs for this fan are: Lian Li LI121225Sl-B4-C 120mm blue LED fan, 1200 rpm, 38.5 CFM @ ~25dBa. The vented PCI backplates allow for good airflow through the case.
Looking at the bottom inside the PC-K63 case now and we again see the intake vents for your PSU and also two rails with rubber on them to support and hold in place your PSU in conjunction with the PSU clamp that you will see in the next image. I still can't figure out why there are so many seemingly random holes in the bottom, maybe Lancool has another innovation that was meant to go inside the PC-K63 but wasn't quite ready yet.
These are the bundled accessories that come with the PC-K63 case, top right is the familiar Lian Li PSU clamp. This clamp is very effective and will hold your PSU just as well as screws will. In the little baggies you have rubber grommets, large thumbscrews and smaller screws for mounting HDD's in the HDD rack and thumbscrews for securing your motherboard in place. There is one bag of small screws (middle left) that are likely for securing optical drives, but seeing as Lancool hasn't provided an instruction manual yet I can only make assumptions here.