Lian Li has introduced its new chassis for advanced desktops, the PC-O11WGX. The company's latest case has two chambers for more efficient cooling, is compatible with motherboards in the E-ATX form-factor, can fit in nine storage devices in drive form-factor, three 360-mm radiators and has a USB 3.1 Type-C header on its front panel. Stylistically, the case comes with a front panel featuring ASUS ROG stylings, which means incorporating Mayan patterns. Being aimed at modders and overclockers, the Lian Li PC-O11WGX is everything but affordable.

The Lian Li PC-O11 WGX chassis follows the latest trends in PC building and is designed to be suitable for highly-modded systems while also being very efficient in terms of cooling and compatibility. On the outside, the case has two panels made of tempered glass, exposing the key components of the computer. Inside, like many other contemporary PC cases, the PC-O11WGX uses a two-chamber design: one of the compartments housing the motherboard, graphics card, memory, and cooling, another accommodating the power supply, cables, along with nine HDDs and/or SSDs.

The new case from Lian Li can fit in a motherboard in ATX, E-ATX, Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX form-factors with up to eight add-in cards. Moreover, for those who like to see/expose their graphics cards, Lian Li supplies a special riser cable to install the graphics card vertically. The maximum length of the graphics card is 430 mm, so, not only single-GPU, but dual-GPU boards are supported with plenty of space left. Meanwhile, the maximum height of the CPU cooling system is 150 mm, so not all mega-coolers can fit in (e.g., Thermalright’s Archon IB-E X2 cannot).

Speaking of cooling, Lian Li built the PC-O11 WGX primarily with liquid cooling in mind: the chassis has space for three 360-mm radiators for closed-loop or custom liquid coolers, enabling its owner to build a gaming system with a HEDT CPU, a couple of graphics cards, and then cool each of those components using its own LCS (or build one LCS with three radiators if necessary). To provide enough power for everything, the case can accommodate a PSU that is up to 430 mm long.

Since we are talking about a high-end chassis, the PSU and HDD/SSD mounts are equipped with rubber vibration dampers, whereas the top and bottom panels are equipped with mesh dust filters (unclear whether they are removable though).

Lian Li PC-O11WGX
Motherboard Size ATX, E-ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External -
Internal 4 × 3.5" and 4 × 2.5"
Cooling Front 3 × 120 mm/1 × 360 mm
Rear 2 × 80 mm
Top 2 × 120 mm
Middle -
Bottom 3 × 120 mm
Radiator Support Front -
Rear -
Top 1 × 360 mm
Middle 2 × 360 mm
Bottom -
I/O Port 1 × USB-c 3.1, 2 × USB 3.0, 1 × Headphone, 1 × Mic
Power Supply Size Up to 430 mm
Dimensions W: 277 mm × H: 506 mm × D: 457 mm
Colors Grey
Features Glass front and side panels
Price $319

Lian Li says that ASUS has certified the case, guaranteeing that all the ROG-family components will fit in and will work flawlessly. This is not the first ROG-certified chassis from Lian Li - and arguably it's more of a co-branding exercise than any kind of stringent technical qualification - but the additional styling and verification from ASUS engineers never hurts.

The Lian Li PC-O11WGX computer chassis will be available in North America in mid-May for $319. The price of the case is rather high, but since we are dealing with a top-of-the-range product aimed at modders and performance enthusiasts, it is not surprising.

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  • close - Saturday, May 13, 2017 - link

    Always wondered if Lian Li picks names using a random string generator... Reply
  • etamin - Sunday, May 14, 2017 - link

    Not really. All chassis start with PC-
    O is the series
    11 is the iteration/size designation
    W is traditionally suffix for windowed versions
    G probably means glass since older non-glass windowed versions didn't have this
    X is traditionally a suffix for all black interior (vs B for black exterior only and S for silver exterior only)

    but the naming is a bit off now since the default PC-O11 already has tempered glass and an all black interior.
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  • close - Sunday, May 14, 2017 - link

    That wasn't the point. Would you rather have to buy a "ZD3601BAM88F4_40/36_Y" or a "Ryzen 7 1800X"? In case you are wondering every letter and number in that SKU has a very specific meaning.
    http://www.pcgameshardware.de/screenshots/original...

    There's a good reason for "marketing names".
    Reply
  • etamin - Sunday, May 14, 2017 - link

    Relax, it's only a few characters long. I responded to your first comment that way because you genuinely sounded confused. Reply
  • dgingeri - Saturday, May 13, 2017 - link

    Weird sideways intake. It would eliminate the obstruction of the front intake fans, but the air directed that way would likely leave a dust residue pattern on the side panel that would need to be cleaned off frequently. Reply
  • HomeworldFound - Saturday, May 13, 2017 - link

    Yes, Well the case clearly intends to suck air through the bottom and dump it out of the side and top. This is the new thing with custom loops now, have the radiator lower than the roof. Believe it or not it's so much easier to deal with a radiator. Reply
  • Gothmoth - Saturday, May 13, 2017 - link

    windows.. who the fuk wants these case windows.. are there so many kids and dumbos out there? Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, May 13, 2017 - link

    It's not so much a window as it is the material of the structure. A traditional case window, by definition, fits inside the chassis as a framed window. These are glass panels. It's very modern, but as with most Lian-Li designs, is a little stale. I'm also just biased toward Silverstone because of my history with them. No denying Lian-Li makes exceptional cases though.

    None-the-less, $300 is rough.
    Reply
  • sparkuss - Saturday, May 13, 2017 - link

    Anyone have one of these new tempered glass cases?

    What kind of noise mitigation does the glass have compared to solid metal/aluminum or minimal windowed cases?
    Reply
  • cocochanel - Saturday, May 13, 2017 - link

    Style over substance. Years ago I was dumb enough to spend $200 on one of their cases. Well built but not very functional.
    Things have moved on. There are plenty of cases out there, well made and with a lot more thought into their design. Plus more reasonable prices.
    But hey, fashion is fashion.
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