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Written by Austin Downing   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Lian Li PC-90 Computer Case
Closer Look: PC-90 Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Lian Li PC-90 Computer Case Review

Manufacturer: Lian Li
Product Name: PC-90
Price As Tested: $199.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Lian Li.

For many enthusiasts, fitting the very best hardware into a computer case comes at a high price. Unfortunately it means having large, unwieldy enclosures to house all of their hardware. To combat this, Lian Li has created an enclosure with unique properties to combat the growing bloat of systems, and to their credit it seems to has worked. By allowing users to fit the EVGA Super Record 2 motherboard into a case that is 20.15" x 9.05" x 19.25", Lian Li has effectively allowed users to have a smaller more manageable case with all the features of its larger cousins. Benchmark Reviews will evaluate if the Lian Li PC-90 computer case has all of the cards in its hand or if in the end it was a bluff and users are still better off with a larger enclosure.

In typical fashion Lian Li has created a very beautiful enclosure with the PC-90. Its dark brushed aluminum exterior, all aluminum interior, and unique design make it a joy to work even with the most powerful of components. All of this is done with Lian Li's legendary build quality and attention to detail. Even more impressive, users are able to fit HPTX motherboards like the EVGA Super Record 2 in a case that is 20.15" x 9.05" x 19.25" which only weighs 14.77lbs. Compared the 44lbs Corsair 800D the PC-90 is tiny allowing high power users to have a more manageable computing experience without the troubles of owning a giant case. So without further ado Benchmark Reviews will delve into the inner workings of the Lian Li PC-90 to see if this enclosure is as good as it sounds.

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When reviewing a case you have four major things you need to look at. First, you need to look at build quality because no one wants to spend hours putting hardware in a case only to find defects or to have parts that will fail months later. Secondly, you need to look at cooling because as the heat output of components goes up, so do cooling needs. Third, you need to look at the acoustics of your new case because as anyone who has worked on or near servers knows adequate cooling can come at an acoustic cost unless a company put expenses into preventing this. Lastly, you need to look at the ease of build, which depending on your system may or may not play a big role in your choice of case. If you like, I spend lots of time inside of your case modifying parts then you want a system that you can easily move around in while making modifications. On the other hand if you want to setup your system and leave it then this becomes less of an importance and therefore can be moved lower on the requirements for your case.

Lian Li PC-90 Features

  • Two 140mm fans in the front and one 120mm fan in the rear to keep hot air from damaging your hardware
  • Supports six 3.5" HDDs and six 2.5" HDDs with easy installation
  • Supports twelve 2.5" HDDs (using 3.5" HDD spaces)
  • Space for top fan if users desire
  • Users can easily acces USB 3.0, e-SATA and HD Audio front panel ports
  • Can fit 400mm Video Cards
  • Washable air filters

Lian Li PC-90 Specifications

Model PC-90
Case Type Full Tower Chassis
Dimensions 230mm x 512mm x 489mm
Front Bezel Material Aluminum
Color Black / Silver
Side Panel Aluminum
Body Material Aluminum
Net Weight 6.7KG
5.25" Drive Bay (External) 2
3.5" Drive Bay (External) None
HDD Bay 3.5" HDD x 6/2.5" HDD x 6
Expansion Slots 10
Motherboard HPTX/EATX/XL-ATX/ATX/Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX
System Fan (Front) 140mm fan x 2
System Fan (Top) None
System Fan (Rear) 120mm fan x 1
I/O Ports USB 3.0 x 2 /e-SATA x 1 / HD Audio
Maximum Video Card Size 400mm



 

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