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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer Case
Closer Look: PC-K63 Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: PC-K63 Interior
Detailed Interior Features
System Build and Testing
Lancool PC-K63 Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# RE: Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer CaseRobert17 2011-01-24 03:21
Good review. Comparing/contrasting with Nate Swetland's review of the Zalman Z9 of Jan.20th, the feature-rich set of these middies really stands out. The battle to win the enthusiasts is reaching a remarkably high level. And in short time. It seems that only in the past five years have cases improved rapidly and dramatically. Beige reigned supreme for far too long.

I studied many reviews and did some tinkering with my top picks over the last 6-8 months, finally settling on an NZXT Phantom black; picked it up locally for $99 on sale. It appears that all the case manufacturers are up to the task of providing excellent "bang for the buck". The future of cases looks bright indeed.
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# Functionrealneil 2011-01-24 07:12
This case isn't so beautiful as you say, but it does have a nice set of features (as you say) inside of it and I can see where it would be a pleasure to build with. The true downside to this case is the price. There are just too many other cases out there that provide excellent cooling, while looking better, and cost far less than this does. The easy to work with interior features don't warrant such a cost.
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# Inside win, outside lose.Enigma 2011-01-24 09:37
The wire channel... Genius. The removable drive bays.. Nice. The inner quality. Great.

Outside. The pompadore look went out in the 1950s.. Well. How can I describe this.. Have you ever seen a baby that was so ugly that you couldn't look at it for more that a second at a time and you felt like telling the mother the truth but the mother is LIAN LI. The whole front is loser..All the way. I do like the controls and the indented usb panel that is nice but not enough..One E Sata.. One USB3 and one USB2.. are those things that expensive to manufacture. You should have concidered a CoolerMaster style drive bay inside that front Cancerous bump to fill the void you put in the front of that case.

You know if I had an aging Lancool that was scratched and broken on the inside I might consider buying this and putting my old top and front on it.

I will be really surprised if they sell many of these.. remember the Menatour.
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# RE: Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer CaseNate Swetland 2011-01-24 09:43
I really like that cable management channel, a lot. I couldn't quite tell, are all the fans 3pin power with a molex adapter, or do some have only molex? Do the PCI or 5.25" covers snap off? If so, can you re-attach them? That is one of my biggest gripes with cases anymore, snap-off parts. I also don't like the I/O panel to be on the top, I prefer the front.

It's too bad this case is not very pleasing on the eyes, because it looks like it has a couple of great features like the removable HDD cage and wire management.

Nice review!
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# RE: RE: Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer CaseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-01-24 12:10
All of the fans are 3 pin and have a molex power adapter, a little bit of an oversight from my end, sorry. The PCI and 5.25" covers do not snap off, I would have definitely made a point of that if they did because I hate them too.

Thanks Nate and everyone else for the postive comments.
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# Really nice reviewEd Hume 2011-01-24 19:39
I love how you explore this case with the water coolers in mind.

I also love how you reported the distances, including the distance behind the mb tray. Thanks for that.

I think that Lian Li have built a thoughtful case. Two 140mm fans up front is a great idea, especially if you ditch the junk that Lian Li usually put in their cases and replace them with blue LED Yate Loon D14SL-124B's.

Another fine feature is the pair of 140mm fan positions at the top with no grills. My preferred arrangement is to block off the rear position and use the forward top position as an intake, to feed fresh air to the heatsink. People who have tried this get 3 - 5c better cpu temps than using the top fans as exhaust.

Thanks again for the fine review. It's an excellent introduction to what looks to be a fine case.
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# Great reviewfinnr 2011-01-29 21:23
I actually like this case. I have a Lian Li PC-A03 and I would upgrade to the K63 any time. It looks very spacious and great airflow.
I like the simple design of Lian Li and the aluminium look, and I never really liked the usual gamer cases (Antec, Cooler Master etc.). The curves on the K63 look great. I am bored with square cases :)
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# come on guys...Enigma 2011-01-29 22:40
Are you getting paid to say that this is a nice looking case.. It's a Lian Li. A pedigree. It's not proper for a Lian Li Mate with a Raid Max or any other Riff raff. It is an ugly Case. It is not a design element that I would continue unless you like eating your inventory.
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# RE: come on guys...Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-01-30 04:57
It also wasn't right for Lian Li to mate a PC case with a snail but they did it anyway.... search google images for "Lian Li PC777" and you will see what I mean.
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# Steven..Enigma 2011-01-30 18:21
I know which one you are talking about ... at least that is a Classic design.. The next one will look like a 57 Chevy with pushbutton automatic I guess.. Get it Right Lian Li.. KISS.. Keep It Simple Stupid.
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# K-63 Vs Nzxt PhantomViv 2011-02-19 03:34
Was looking at getting Phantom, based on positive reviews (here & elsewhere). I originally looked at K-62 but then realised it could only take 4 HDD's.
Question to original reviewer: Taking aesthetics and appearance out of the equation, which one is better?
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# RE: K-63 Vs Nzxt PhantomSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-02-19 04:16
It's really difficult to answer that question because I haven't had my hands on a Phantom but I can say the Phantom looks like it is really functional and has lots of room to play with. Unfortunatel you will have to make that choice for youreslf.
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# About Watercooling @ Lancool PC-k63WanKu Goranov 2011-03-21 07:52
Hi ,
very very interesting review .. full with information & details .. excellent work !!!
My question is .. how thick 280mm radioator can be installed at the top ?! There is very little information @ web about this case (Lancool site is also very very poor on information)
If there is no room for appropriate radiator @ top .. i think the only other way , is modifying the bottom , but dust-filters+thick radiator+2pull 140mm fans .. i think .. the CFM will decrease a lot.. and the radiator can not be chilled appropriately .
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# RE: About Watercooling @ Lancool PC-k63Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-03-21 13:11
If I were to install a rad in this case it would be on top (under the plastic shroud) as there is only 25mm gap above the mobo on the inside, there is a nice 40mm gap under the top plastic shroud. Hope this helps.
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# thnxWanKu Goranov 2011-03-26 15:06
thnx mate :) very usefull info :)
So í'm busy in the summer , eventuelly my build will start Oct-Nov , so if nothing new is commin' out , i guess my choice will be Haf-X .. hopefully the price will be a lil bit lower.. now it's about 160 Euro in my country Bulgaria :)
After your review , i was inlove with this Knight-Case , but 40mm radiator doesnt suits me , i would use smthg lika XSPC or Phobye thicker radiotors (about 60mm) .. So thnx again !! This info was very usefull , because there is nothing so concrete as numbers about this case currently online . You first revelead the truth :))
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# Found My CaseOli DIYer 2011-04-11 00:53
Good evaluation, Steven. I just ordered one after dropped an order on Antec 902 V3. K63 looks just like my old Nokia 8850 cell phone. So the front pancel is acceptable to me. The shape of the side window is worse. Lian Li should allow owner to swap the top/front panels to the K62.

I've been looking for cases with features:
- Multiple quiet big fans (at least 4), with easily detachable filters.
- Top fan(s) must not block the big CPU-cooler. Outside-mount is better and safe. I've heard someone's top fan broke and fell down and could hit the CPU.
- USB3.0 & Esata at front.
- Side window so I can measure different area temperatures from outside.
- Good wire management, or side window will make my PC look even uglier.
- Black inside out, or side window is not needed.
- 2.5" SSD mount (at least 2).
- Can fit an 11.5" long graphic card.
Around the same price, can anyone suggest other similar cases like this?
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# Closer LookOli DIYer 2011-04-18 20:16
I've read your review again, word by word, after I assembled my K63.
- Great observation on mounting six 2.5" HDD, with two unside down. If you haven't said so, no one would ever know.
- In your testing, the CPU hot air flows from front to back, then taken out by the 12" rear case fan, because the two CPU fans are oriented horizontally. I wonder that If you orient the CPU fans vertically upward, would the two 14" top case fans do a better job in taking out the heat.
- The clip-hinge for easy cards installation is a good idea, but not practical. First, most of the hinges can not hang on at top after fully lifted up. They simply drop back down by gravity. I had to use Scotch tape to hold them in order to free both my hands. Secondly, the device is bulky and the open gap after a full lift is only 18mm high. I had a hard time to squeeze in my 3-slot wide, 11" long graphics card. I can either take the top 3.5" rack out, or better yet, take the whole clip-hinge device off, for an easier insertion. Either way, the purpose of the hinge device is invalidated.
Still, it is a well-designed high quality case.
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# RE: Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer CaseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-04-19 13:19
Thank you, Oli. I'm glad my review helped you.

The Zalman CPU cooler it a heatpipe tower cooler, so in this orientation it is in its best theoretical position as the fluid in the hat pipe needs somewhere to rise to. Many of Olin's CPU comparison articles on this website have pointed this out. The best thing you could do is a little bit of experimentation of you own, it's all part of the experience. :)

As for your observations with the expansion slot hinges, I feel what you are saying but I myself didn't find it to be a problem. What sort of a monster video card do you have that uses 3 slots? Sounds like a beast lol.
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# RE: Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer CaseOli DIYer 2011-04-26 00:35
I have two monsters in my case, the first one is Noctua NH-D14, with 2 fans like the Zalman's. Fluid flow in the heat pipe is another new knowledge I learned from you. I did ask Noctua tech support about the fans orientation. The response is pretty much like yours. Currently I let them sit vertically, so the lower fan can help suck out some heat from the backplane of the VGA card, and let the two case fans do the rest job. Without applying thermal paste, and running Crysis 2 at stock speed, the i7-2600k is kept under 67C.

The second monster is the Asus GTX570 DCII, which occupies 3 slots of the Sabertooth P67 mobo, and wastes me 2 PCI expansion slots. The trade-off is that I get a very quiet and cool card for overclocking.
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# RE: Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer CaseJason 2011-12-05 22:57
I really don't think this case is ugly. Actually I like the curvy shape but it does look a tad top heavy but so what. I actually like the idea of placing the LEDs on top so it glows on the MB because if any part is ugly it would be the LEDs showing throught the front of the case.
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