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Published December 29, 2010
The front door is made of textured aluminum and features a vertical column pattern with two tiny holes near the top right that let the power and HDD activity lights shine through. The lockable door opens to the left revealing a brushed aluminum front bezel with five 5.25" drive bays and a large vented area that hides two 140mm intake fans. A fan controller sits above the top drive bay while the power and reset buttons are below the bottom drive bay. The back of the door is lined with noise dampening acoustic foam.
A closer look at the door indicates that you can move the hinges to the other side and have the door open to the right. You can also completely remove the door if you grow tired of opening it every time you power on your PC. The brushed aluminum on the two side panels looks really classy. The inside of each panel is lined with the same noise dampening acoustic foam that we found on the inside of the front door.
The same brushed aluminum carries over to the top of the chassis. Here we find cutouts for three 120mm fans complete with matching brushed aluminum covers. This is the first time I've seen a manufacturer take this approach to fan expansion ports and I must say, it's one of my favorite features of the case.
Near the front of the case is a pop-up door with the Lian Li nameplate affixed to it. Under the door is an eSATA port, four USB 3.0 ports and mic / headphone jacks.
On the bottom of the chassis are two sets of metal caster wheels. These wheels are lined with black rubber grips and allow the case to roll forward and backwards only. The front wheel assembly features a manual brake that prevents the case from rolling when engaged. You can use the handle under the front of the chassis to engage/disengage the brake.
Near the back is a removable air filter, which is positioned under the power supply and keeps the PSU's intake fan free of contaminants. The back of the chassis reveals a whopping 11 expansion slots. The power supply sits at the bottom of the case and features a removable bracket.
A 120mm exhaust fan equipped with wire grills removes heat from around the CPU area. Lian Li has included two cutouts with rubber grommets for water-cooling tubing. The entire motherboard tray assembly is also removable via seven thumbscrews.
Keeping with the security measures from the front of the case, there are also locking slots for the motherboard tray and left side panel.
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