Lian Li Launches the PC-Q33: Another Hinge Chassis, but mini-ITXby Ian Cutress on December 20, 2013 6:04 AM EST
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It seems that this is a week of Lian Li press releases – first up was the PC-V358 micro-ATX case that uses hinges to make accessing the components easier, paving a way for an upgradable system. Today it is the turn of the PC-Q33, built on a similar paradigm with a hot-zone on top featuring the motherboard, CPU and GPU, with a cool zone underneath with the power supply and storage.
This case comes in 229mm x 328mm x 240mm (WxHxD) dimensions, or ~1 foot tall, and is made solely from Lian Li’s favorite material, aluminum. This also means a total unladen weight of 2.18 Kg (4.8 lbs), and a variety of storage configurations – the hinged panel has room for 3x2.5” or 2x2.5”+1x3.5”, and the side storage locker has room/fixtures for 2x3.5” or 1x3.5”+1x2.5”, meaning up to five drives in total.
In terms of available dimensions, Lian Li have given the PC-Q33 a maximum PSU length of 200mm, VGA card length of 220mm (8.66"), and maximum CPU/VGA height of 180mm (7.08"). The front panel is typically light as most Lian Li cases are, with two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks. The system comes supplied with one 120mm fan in the rear, with the side mesh providing an intake point of fresh air.
Available in black and silver, the PC-Q33 should be available by the end of the year at a MSRP of US$99.
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piroroadkill - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkAh, actually really quite nice. Compact. Nice work, Lian Li.
You'll just need to carefully choose the GPU.
techxx - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkI'm usually skeptical when I see new mITX cases, but this one actually has my attention. It's got tough competition from BitFenix though.
piroroadkill - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkQuite a bit smaller than any Bitfenix cases, I believe.
I also personally very much like the fact this Lian Li has no top vents, I personally would not buy a case with top vents (or at least the top vents should come with covers to block them).
Samus - Friday, December 27, 2013 - linkThis is in direct competition with the Silverstone FT03 Mini.
However, this holds 2 additional 3.5 drives, while the mini accepts a 10.5" GPU (and offers an optical drive slot for those that care :)
Both seem to be excellent cases. Bitfenix is cheaper for sure, but they are steel and very heavy while offering no reduction in soze from mATX to ITX models...
piroroadkill - Monday, December 30, 2013 - linkI like the Lian-Li more because it has a standard ATX PSU. Sure, the case is probably a tiny bit bigger, but you have a wealth of good PSU choices available to you, and you will be able to put as much power as you want in the box (constrained by GPU length, mainly).
piroroadkill - Monday, December 30, 2013 - linkThat said, GPU choice is an issue, of course.
ImSpartacus - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkYeah, that's a long PSU length and a short GPU length. It feels a bit odd, but I'll reserve judgment until reviews start popping up.
DanNeely - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkUnless they wanted to jam a few more drive bays in the bottom front giving more room for a longer PSU doesn't cost anything. Lots of extra space to burn in the bottom chamber is the main design limit with cube style cases.
ol1bit - Friday, December 27, 2013 - linkI have 3 PC's all with aluminium cases. My Meda center/steam big pictrue PC is not however.
This might work out well.
I like it!
ingwe - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkHmm...storage doesn't look too bad. I would love to have a mITX that could double as a gaming rig and a NAS. This could almost fit the bill.