Lian Li's new test bench can simulate a closed-air chassis

By Shawn Knight ยท 6 replies
May 16, 2017
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  1. Test benches can be incredibly convenient for those that frequently find themselves swapping hardware but they’re a bit of a double-edged sword. While their open-air nature makes it easy to access components, the fact that hardware is exposed can be concerning for those with small children or curious pets.

    What’s more, at least for those in the industry that implement temperature readings into their hardware reviews, open-air rigs exhibit different cooling behavior compared to a sealed system.

    It’s with these factors in mind that Lian Li created the PC-T70 test bench.

    The PC-T70 is different from your ordinary test bench in that it can be fitted with an optional cover and panel kit designed to simulate a closed-air environment. The kit includes side panels that can each accommodate two 120mm or 140mm fans (or radiators) complete with removable mesh dust filters, a rear panel with 120mm / 140mm exhaust fan mount and a magnetically-attached acrylic canopy to cover the motherboard compartment.

    In addition to offering protection for exposed hardware, usage of the kit could lead to less “misguided” temperature results that are more consistent with what the average reader might experience at home in a traditional closed-air chassis.

    The test bench can support E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX and mini ITX motherboards with room for eight expansion slots and video cards measuring up to 330mm in length. The bottom shelf can hold ATX PSUs up to 330mm in length as well as five 2.5-inch drives and one 3.5-inch drive (or one 2.5-inch drive and two 3.5-inch drives). Additional watercooling gear can also be mounted on the lower section, Lian Li says.

    The Lian Li PC-T70 with optional T70-1 cover and panel kit retails for $190 and should be available at shops like Newegg very soon.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +1,998

    It's a bit expensive when you consider I've done the same thing with masonite and sheet metal for about $25, but the concept is valid and it makes a great test bench, especially for those that love to tinker. Hopefully they will get the price down to under $100 and it would be well worth the purchase.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,666   +1,951

    A pet repellent is cheaper.
  4. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,072   +428

    Kind of a cool concept but I don't see many home hobbyists getting one of these considering the steep price.
  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,107   +1,286

    This is Lian Li, they don't do low prices. Just take a look on Newegg.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +1,998

    Oh, that's fine .... but the point is that with a little ingenuity a person can duplicate what they are selling for a lot less money and in today's competitive environment, the company that ignores that fact leave a LOT of money on the table.
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  7. deemon

    deemon TS Addict Posts: 253   +70

    Now... how about a benchmark for the best passively cooled GPU's? (using real closed case or case like this one here) ... GTX 1030 for example got passively cooled versions... probably there are some other options? Also the CPU could/should be in this test passively cooled. Also there exist passive PSU's also ... why not make it 0 fan build benchmark thing altogether?

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