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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

PC-Q08 Detailed Interior Features

It's nice to see Lian-Li didn't forget 2.5" drives users. Just below of the optical drive, there's space for a 2.5" drive, which can be perfect for a SSD. If you want to fit more drives, you'll need to use 3.5" to 2.5" adapters though. I think Lian-Li could have worked something else and added space for one more 2.5" drive, but at least it's better than not having it.


Installing HDDs is a very easy procedure. Just slip them through the HDD chamber and add 4 screws. All of the mounting points are covered with rubber to decrease vibrations and noise.


Here's a closer shoot to the 140mm fan. It consumes 1.68 watts and it's fairly silent but still provides decent air-flow for our internal components.


The 140mm LED fan includes a dust filter which comes completely attached to it. It's a clever idea and you can always remove it to clean it. Anyway, the best part is that the whole (fan/filter) structure can be attached directly on the case with 4 screws covered with rubber, making installation fast and easy for anyone.


Finally, here's a quick shot to the PSU bracket. You should remove the bracket (4 thumb-screws) and install your PSU on it first, then you can just slide your PSU into the case and put the screws again. You might want to think about your PSU orientation though. If you're using a 120mm fan PSU, you can install it similar to the next photo, which means it'll take cold air from the outside thanks to the side panel holes, or you can install it the other way to increase internal air-flow and take some heat from the CPU area.


Here's a photo with everything uninstalled and removed (except the upper bay for optical drives). Basically this is the whole structure of the case, and it feels pretty solid, so don't worry about it getting bend or whatever.


Now that we've detailed all the internal and external features, let's build a system inside the chassis and see how it looks.



# 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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