We imagine most board meetings at Lian Li start off with a few pleasantries about the weekend, and then quickly kick into a discussion about how to design a new chassis. Someone yells out 'brushed aluminum' and it gets written down. This is followed by Billy raising his hand and suggesting it be a full tower, because Billy loves full towers. Everyone agrees. Finally, the intern reminds everyone it should also be high-end so that they can charge several hundred dollars.
That seems to be the recipe for Lian Li's new PC-A77F full tower case, just as it is with so many others. So what does this latest model do differently? The biggest addition is incorporating USB 3.0 support into the four top-mounted USB ports. You'll also find the now ubiquitous eSATA port and a pair of audio jacks.
Others specs include 8 PCI expansion slots, support for E-ATX, ATX, CEB, and mATX form factors, removable side, front , and top panels, an anti-vibration rubberized tool-less PSU bracket, 3 front input 120mm fans with blue LEDs, 2 top mounted 140mm fans, a single rear 120mm fan, folded elements to ward off sharp edges, a complete tool-less design, and other odds and ends.
Lian Li says the PC-A77F will start shipping towards the end of March for about $390.