the early spring season. With Christmas gone, manufacturers begin to
unveil their hot new offerings for the New Year. Lian Li is no exception.
The good folks at Hampton Technologies were good enough to provide us with one
of our highest rated manufacturers latest offering; the PC-7A Plus. Letís
see what this year brings!
readers know that here at the Club, Lian Li cases are perennial favorites.
Each case is manufactured from high grade Aluminum providing one of the lightest
cases available without sacrificing quality. The PC-7A Plus is an update on the
Mid-Tower PC-6 series chassis. Available in both brushed Aluminum and
polished black both with a Carbon Fiber style accent, our review model came with
the optional side window installed.
picking up the case brings a smile! This has got to be the
lightest case I have ever seen. The PC-7A is loaded with standard features
not found on most cases, 120mm fans, a blow hole, complete aluminum
construction, and excellent craftsmanship! Opening the side reveals the inclusion of two
120mm case fans. In front Lian Li has again chosen a low-noise ball
bearing fan with a removable filter. Keeping with the Lian Li tradition you also
get a three position speed control to control the RPM's of any fan connected to
the fanbus. In
back the same low-noise ball bearing fan is provided with a four pin system fan
end. An optional 80mm blow hole insure that your case stays well
ventilated by helping to remove unwanted/heated air from your components.
you'll immediately notice the quality and precision that goes into every Lian
Li case. Edges are smooth and rounded with plastic guards for the
maintenance areas. All of the separate components fit together smoothly like a
glove. Items such as backing plates, the side covers, the front cover, they all
fit without any kind of interference and without trying to struggle to make it
fasten onto the case. The Power supply is mounted in a removable plate and attached by
thumb screws, this makes for easy removal so you won't have to remove your HSF
to swap a processor out. The 3.5Ē drive bays are also removable for ease of
installation and maintenance.
Install went smoother than expected, this is typical of owning a Lian Li.
They even provided a tool for the
motherboard offset screws! These little extras are what distinguishes a Lian Li
from other cases This is a very welcome touch! I almost feel dirty
installing a standard test bed into a case like this. The PC-7A Plus cries
out for cutting edge components like SLI or dual Opterons. Beige or Black components, you canít win,
good thing Lian Li offers matching covers!