Lian Li Rethinks the Motherboard Tray, Launches PC-9N Chassis

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TrollBot5000

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OpTicaL

Lian Li is considered as a luxury item in the case world. You're not going to find value and fancy designs here, but timeless classic designs and funky special editions (e.g. Burj Al Arab "Dubai" and ITX Train case).

techPowerUp is reporting the MSRP @ $109.99, which is a steal when it comes to a mid tower Lian Li, but don't expect thick aluminum like on their more expensive cases, you get what you pay for.

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fung0

I'm up to five Lian Li cases so far, three in regular use. This new design fixes the only complaint I've had: lack of access to the rear of the motherboard. (A minor inconvenience, and only during the initial build process.)

A lot of criticism of Lian Li seems to stem from a misunderstanding. This company does NOT cater to the hard-core gamer. Their cases have less room and fewer high-end options than you'll find in other brands. But for a general-purpose PC, you won't find a better-designed, more elegantly-built case at twice the price.

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Ilander

...I can't remember what generic house brand it was, but I think I've bought a case before that had rails like this. They were plenty sturdy enough, but it was *assuredly* a ploy to reduce cost in that case. Overall, though, so long as the stiffness of the chassis is unchanged, Lian-Li can do what they like. They stand for aluminium, understated designs and I can get behind that.

Side note, as an "American for Aluminium", it bugs me that spelling it with the scientific-community respected extra "i" at the end is flagged as a misspelling, and invite all of you (Paul included) to add it to your approved spelling list.

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maxime29

As long as Lian-Li makes the mobo tray slide out and the tray is just as strong (meaning the mobo isn't going to magically fall off) then it doesn't matter to me.

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rsaotome

First custom built I ever did was housed in a full sized tower, by Lian Li.

Sucker was built like a tank & weighed as much too, but it looked so freaking slick with its brushed aluminum. After 8 years, it's doing just fine with the parts I originally put in it. :)

As for this case, hmmm... does sound like an excuse to save money, but maybe it does help with airflow, guess we'll find out once it's reviewed.

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Travislongley

I was thinking the Same thing. This is just a tactic to use less metal in the making of the case so that it saves them money. I have never used a Lian Li Case so I cannot judge on the quality of the metal.

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AETAaAS

I had a Lian Li PC-A07 a long time ago; it was aluminium and so was very light. The chassis itself was very solid, I cant remember how thick the metal was but there was definitely no flex. As with most cases, the doors served no structural purpose and so was made of a thinner metal, my door had a bit of flex in it so putting it back on was a little difficult because sometimes the rails didn't all match up. Otherwise, no complaints.

This new mobo tray is interesting but would really need a lot of cable tie loops on the otherside to help avoid making it look like a total mess through the big holes.

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Pball1224

This sounds like a marketing spin for just a way to use less materials in the fabrication.

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jgottberg

I was thinking the same thing. They were probably looking to cut waste in production and shaved off some steel. Then, explained it away as having better thermal performance. I guess they accomplished both.

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Danthrax66

Lian Li cases are all aluminum.

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jgottberg

Aluminum is more expensive so it even makes more sense.

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