Тест и обзор: lian li pc-o11d xl rog certified — крупная версия премиального корпуса

Новый корпус Lian Li PC-O11WGX получил сертификат ASUS ROG

Популярность бренда Republic of Gamers (ROG) побуждает привлекать дизайнеров ASUS к созданию совместных продуктов, а также пользоваться соответствующей программой сертификации комплектующих. У Lian Li уже имеется опыт сотрудничества с подразделением ROG. В частности, в позапрошлом году компания выпустила Mini-ITX корпус с легко узнаваемым логотипом Republic of Gamers. Изучив статистику его продаж, маркетологи Lian Li приняли решение подготовить к выводу на рынок ещё один корпус с приставкой ROG Certified Edition.

Внутренние металлические детали PC-O11WGX изготовлены из стали. Поддон материнской платы разделяет корпус на два отсека. В основном, находящемся слева, могут размещаться материнская плата форм-фактора E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX или Mini-ITX, восемь карт расширения PCI/PCI Express, компоненты системы жидкостного охлаждения и вентиляторы. По соседству, «за стеной» предусмотрены посадочные места для четырёх 2,5- и 3,5-дюймовых накопителей и ATX-совместимого блока питания. Отмечается, что высота процессорного кулера не должна превышать 150 мм, длина видеокарт и источника питания — 430 мм.

Среди прочего, Lian Li PC-O11WGX позволяет устанавливать крупногабаритные (360 мм) радиаторы СЖО в количестве трёх штук, а также до десяти вентиляторов типоразмера 80 мм и 120 мм. Толщина радиатора, крепящегося к поддону системной платы, фактически не ограничена. Днище корпуса перфорировано и защищено от пыли мелкоячеистой сеткой. Правая боковая и верхняя панели PC-O11WGX также не обошлись без пылевого фильтра.

На фронтальной панели ввода-вывода находятся кнопка Power, два разъёма USB 3.0 Type-A, гнёзда для наушников и микрофона, и порт USB 3.1 Type-C для подключения разного рода гаджетов. Как уже было отмечено выше, за новый корпус энтузиастам придётся выложить более трёх сотен долларов. Мировые розничные продажи PC-O11WGX начнутся в ближайшие дни.

The Rest of the Build Process

After plowing through those five accessory kits, most of them with the motherboard and an air cooler already installed, the rest of the build process in the O11D EVO was easy. This was largely due to the fact that the chassis is downright huge and you can remove the four side panels in about a minute. Three pop out on pins and the top slides off after loosening two thumb screws. Then you’re just installing parts and routing cables around a large open frame.

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Lian Li provides a vertical chamber with three pre-installed velcro straps for keeping cable slack together. And atop that sits a handy bracket that does double duty as a mount for a couple of 2.5-inch drives and a way to hide most of your cable mess once it’s installed. It too goes in and out of the case with ease, with tabs slotting into holes and the bottom and a couple of captive thumb screws holding it in place.

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Some other configuration options worth pointing out: You can mount the power supply at the bottom (default), or swap its place with the two-drive hot-swap drive cage that ships at the top by default. And if the two 3.5-inch bays and two 2.5-inch mounts aren’t enough for your storage needs, you have loads of other options. You can add a couple of included bars to the  fan-mounting bracket on the bottom of the case to install four more 2.5-inch drives or two more 3.5-inch platter spinners. And the solid metal bracket we installed for the Upright GPU kit has mounting holes for four additional 2.5-inch drives or two more 3.5 inchers. With all that, plus whatever M.2 slots are built into your motherboard, the vast majority of users should be satisfied with the storage possibilities here.

Heck, if you ditch the main drive cage, you can install two power supplies, one atop the other–the company even includes a foam bit in the box to help keep them separated. This case really is what you make it, and with so much space inside, the options start to feel endless–especially when you factor in the five optional accessory kits. But that also means you’ll need to be very good about keeping the extra parts and instructions should you want to change things up months or years down the line.

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In the end, I went with the Upright GPU Kit, largely because that’s what I installed last, as well as the Front Mesh kit because I wanted fans at the front and back. I also opted for the Top I/O kit, because there’s no way my desk has room for both this massive case and the 55-inch LG C1 OLED TV I use as my primary monitor.
Along with the Ryzen 7 3700X, the X570 Aorus Master motherboard and two sticks of HyperX Fury RGB RAM, I installed a Corsair semi-modular power supply and four 120 mm Corsair fans (which are RGB, but I didn’t want to deal with extra cables and a hub, so I just plugged in the fans themselves for airflow). I could have easily installed more drives than my still-chugging Samsung 960 Pro M.2 boot SSD, but in the interest of getting this story done in time for the case’s launch, I stuck with the previously mentioned parts, tidied up the wires a bit, shoved the rest in the pre-installed velcro straps behind the cable-hiding bar that does double duty as an SSD mount, and slapped the four side panels back on.

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We don’t have cooling and acoustic numbers to make this a full review, but given that the case comes without any fans, and the front panel can be either glass or mesh with an optional kit, performance here really is what you make it. Still, with a large internal layout and mesh making up about 2/3 of the right side panel (or left, depending how you configure things), as well as vents on most of the top, airflow shouldn’t be an issue–unless you do something dumb like stick with the front glass panel and put all your fans directly behind it, where they can’t pull in any fresh air.

Inside the PC011 Dynamic XL

To pull the panels, here we see the switch which is released by pulling it downwards. This is, of course, after you thread the two thumbscrews out of the top rear section. If you remove these captured screws, you can use only the latch to hold the top, but then the top can move backwards a few mm so I would prefer to keep them in when the panel is installed.

Once the top was removed, the front glass panel was removed by simply lifting it, and it releases from the slotted cutouts and the bottom tabs. As you can see here, there is no mounting for any cooling here as there is no ventilation possible from the front of the chassis. The PC011D XL is a chimney style cooling setup moving air from bottom to top.

Here we see the top of the front panel and the slots that the top slots into. The top panel goes over this area and therefore retains the panel as it blocks upward movement.

Here we get a top-down shot of the front and side panel slotted into their retention slots to better show precisely how panel retention works for the PC011D XL.

Now with the panel removed we get a bit clearer view of the interior. It is a vast expanse of mounting and possible use cases where you can genuinely make the PC011D XL your own. While this chassis is heavily targeted at liquid cooling enthusiasts, it can hold its own with an AIO or even an air cooler depending on what your build requires. All of the areas previously mentioned which support up to a 360mm radiator can also fit fans in the place to create a veritable whirlwind in the vast open expanse. I don’t see anything that would be a detriment to fitment here.

One thing worth noting is that Lian Li advises for larger boards such as EATX with under board backplates or RGB. You can cut off the topmost portion of the grommets over the cable management pass-through to ensure they do not catch on components. Here we also see the three SSD mounting plates which can be removed or even relocated to the bottom. Should you choose and want to mount a radiator or fans in this position.

The top section has a magnetic filter in place. The top fan and radiator mounting is slotted to allow finite adjustment as needed to match the fitment of tubing or cabling. The adjacent blank panel is covering the rear chamber where the hot-swap bays and PSU reside.

The bottom as we see here usually is where the PSU would reside, but with it being flipped 90 degrees in the back, it opens up yet more space for cooling or drives fitment. Here you can mount large thick radiators, fans or even swap the drive mounting plates to this location if you need them and want to use the vertical mounting for a radiator.

Final Thoughts

I will admit, I was excited to see what Lian Li would do with the PC011 Dynamic. With the XL they made some positive quality of life improvements which attributed to it being so versatile to match pretty much any build you may want to do with it.

In testing, we installed only the AIO as we do with any chassis that does not include fans. Therefore airflow is solely dependent on the H100i’s capability to cool the CPU and draw air in as it pushed exhaust out the top. Most users would install many more fans or radiators, but I wanted to keep to our control set of parts as there are so many fan variations that it would be unrealistic to represent precisely how you may build.

Much to my surprise, the PC011D XL did an excellent job even when fighting an uphill battle form a GPU that exhausts into the case and only a dual-fan radiator exhausting as its sole source of air movement. The ambient during testing was recorded at 22.4C and an RH of 46%. The CPU comes in at a T over ambient average of 48.7C while the GPU comes in at 39.3C average. This is effortlessly passing, and with a proper airflow setup, this should drop substantially.

Now let’s look at some of the most welcome things in the PC011D XL. First I would say the enhanced cooling capability with the inclusion of the rear 120mm mount. This opens things up for air cooling users. For those looking for something a bit more aggressive, the liquid cooling capabilities are substantial. The PC011D XL can be stuffed with thick 360mm rads which would be a massive amount of thermal density. With that, it can cool even the most beastly builds like massive multi-card HEDT workstations while looking awesome in the process.

The flexibility and adaptability of the chassis are outstanding as many things can be swapped to meet your needs or the needs of your build. I know there are plenty of people that don’t like RGB, and the front lighting can even be turned off if needed. But the front strip is tastefully done and also has solid color modes, so I really cannot see anyone taking issue with it. The attachment mechanism for the panels is excellent and very different from most cases, I feel very secure in the panel retention, and I feel like it’s not really going anywhere. The PC011D XL swings way above its price class in both looks and capabilities.

Lian Li made a rare thing in a case I simply cannot pick apart. The only real concern I could note would be the fact that it comes with no fans, so if a novice builder gets this case, it may be a bit of a shock. Other than that the ability of the brushed metal finish to absorb fingerprints means you will want to keep a soft cloth and possibly some cleaner close by to remove oils otherwise I could see this getting messy with fingerprints rather quickly.

The PC011 Dynamic XL is a behemoth of a case with tons of possibilities. The $199.99 price point, I feel comfortable saying it’s justified, be aware you could spend easily 20X ※ 30x that to fill it with gear and build something truly masterful.

Lain Li simply killed it; the PC011D XL is a masterpiece both to look at, and to build in.

GG Lian Li, GG.

Shannon’s Chassis Test System Specifications

  • Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
  • Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15(buy from Amazon)
  • Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
  • Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
  • Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)

Hardware & Documentation

Hardware & Documentation

We have to break up the accessories as there are quite a few here. First up is this piece which goes together to support GPUs from sagging while being hidden. It attaches into motherboard standoff mounting, so it supports the GPUs from the lower section to better allow GPU support without a big intrusive bracket.

Here we have what we will call extra parts. There are spare clips for mounting both the bottom radiator plate and also the SSD trays in the vertical mount position. There are also foam rubber strips here which are meant to be used between PSU’s if you choose to install dual or triple PSU setups in the PC011D XL. There are also four Velcro strips to assist with your cable management journey.

Lastly, we have the screw sets. They are listed below from left to right:

  • 24x screws for 2.5″ drive mounting (rubber grommet mounting)
  • 28x screws for the motherboard and 2.5″ drive mounting (non-rubber grommet)
  • 16x screws for 3.5″ drive mounting
  • 8x screws for PSU mounting
  • 4x screws for fan mounting
  • 3x standoff spare for motherboard mounting

Now let’s get to building!

Lian Li PC-Q07 — идеальный mini-ITX корпус?

В последнее время всё чаще задумываюсь о сборке компактного, бесшумного и энергоэффективного домашнего сервера для хранения файлов. В качестве основы такого сервера хорошо подходят материнские платы формата mini-ITX с интегрированным процессором Atom — для раздачи файлов через AFP/SMB и закачки торрентов его мощности более чем достаточно. Ассортимент доступных в магазинах материнских плат mini-ITX постоянно растёт, так что выбор есть.

А вот с качественными корпусами для них — проблема. Всё, что я встречал в продаже в Киеве, или слишком уродливое, или слишком шумное, или слишком дорогое. Когда я раздумывал над тем, какой mITX корпус подошёл бы для моих нужд, воображение рисовало компактный металлический кубик с качественной отделкой и возможностью установки стандартного ATX-ного блока питания. Оказывается, такой корпус существует и называется Lian Li PC-Q07.

Почему возможность установки блока питания ATX так важна? Дело в том, что миниатюрные БП стандарта SFX, которые обыкновенно и устанавливаются в микрокорпуса, обычно сильно шумят. К тому же их сложно найти в продаже, а это значит, что при выходе БП из строя (что на самом деле не редкость) придётся побегать в поисках замены. С Lian Li PC-Q07 таких проблем заведомо не будет: блоков питания ATX в магазинах как грязи, среди них можно выбрать очень качественные и бесшумные — например, какой-нибудь Scythe.

PC-Q07 понравится и тем, кто хочет собрать миниатюрный HTPC: в него можно установить стандартный 5-дюймовый дисковод Blu-ray, в то время как другие корпуса mini-ITX «ан масс» рассчитаны на установку дорогих и недолговечных ноутбучных оптических приводов.

Как и другие изделия Lian Li, PC-Q07 выполнен из алюминия. Сам я в руках его подержать пока не успел, но, судя по доступным фотографиям и видео, конструкция у него необычная. Большинство корпусов имеют «рамную» структуру (т. е. панели корпуса надеваются на стальную раму), но PC-Q07 выполнен по принципу «несущего шасси»: рама отсутствует, материнская плата устанавливается непосредственно на боковую стенку корпуса.

Жёсткий диск устанавливается на дно корпуса и крепится к специальным салазкам (диски 3,5 дюйма) или привинчивается непосредственно к алюминиевой панели (диски 2,5 дюйма).

Какие я вижу недостатки? В первую очередь — это штатная возможность установки лишь одного HDD. Впрочем, для HTPC это не имеет значения, а для домашнего сервера можно установить второй жёсткий диск вместо оптического привода в 5-дюймовый отсек. Ещё можно пожаловаться на то, что Lian Li PC-Q07 больше по размерам, чем другие корпуса mini-ITX, но это расплата за возможность установки блока питания ATX. Ну и цена, традиционно для Lian Li, достаточно высока: в наших широтах корпус PC-Q07 без БП будет стоить около 100 долларов.

В качестве «десерта» предлагаю посмотреть официальное видео (оно же — инструкция по сборке):

Лучший премиальный корпус: ASUS ROG Strix Helios GX601

Поддержка материнской платы Е-АТХ/АТХ/М-АТХ/ITX
Цветовые палитры Черное серебро
Габаритные размеры 250 х 565 х 591 мм
Дисковые отсеки 4 х 2,5″, 2 х 2,5″/3,5″
Поддержка радиатора Спереди: до 420 ммСверху: до 360 ммСзади: до 140 мм
Поддержка фанатов Спереди: до 3 x 140 ммСверху: до 2 x 140 ммСзади: до 1 x 140 мм
Зазор графического процессора до 450 мм
Зазор процессорного кулера до 190 мм
Передняя панель 4 x USB 3.11 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C1 x наушники1 x микрофон1 x светодиодная кнопка управления1 x кнопка управления вентилятором
  • Премиальный дизайн и эстетика
  • Рама из полированного алюминия
  • Передняя подсветка Aura Sync RGB
  • Поддерживает до трех радиаторов AIO
  • Поддерживает вертикальную установку графического процессора
  • Хлипкая пластина материнской платы
  • Комплектные вентиляторы не поддерживают ШИМ

Если вы, как и мы, любите премиальные бренды, то ASUS ROG Strix Helios GX601 вам понравится. Это один из самых привлекательных корпусов для ПК премиум-класса, специально оптимизированный для водяного охлаждения, который может похвастаться потрясающим дизайном, эстетикой и высококачественными материалами. Helios GX601 оснащен тремя панелями из закаленного стекла, рамой из полированного алюминия и встроенной передней подсветкой Aura Sync RGB. Это невероятно чистый и аккуратный корпус для ПК не только потому, что он оснащен многофункциональной крышкой с держателем видеокарты, но и потому, что он имеет заднюю крышку кабеля для удобного управления кабелями.

У Helios GX601 также довольно просторный корпус. Он поддерживает материнские платы E-ATX и может вмещать графические процессоры длиной до 450 мм. Корпус также поддерживает вертикальную установку графического процессора и поставляется в комплекте со специальным кронштейном для графического процессора. Говоря об охлаждении, этот корпус предлагает отличные возможности охлаждения. Внутри него можно разместить до трех радиаторов жидкостного охлаждения длиной от 140 мм до 420 мм. Корпус также оснащен удобной ручкой и передней панелью с RGB-подсветкой. Мы только хотим, чтобы корпус был немного прочнее, чем он есть, и чтобы комплектные вентиляторы поддерживали ШИМ. Помимо этого, ASUS ROG Strix Helios GX601 — довольно удивительный корпус, который отлично смотрится в вашей гостиной.


The main side of the packaging has an opaque view of the chassis with a negative effect so that the details are bare box color. The chassis looks almost like a solid black tower with a ROG logo on the side. You can make out the mass connectivity on the front, but everything else except the Lian Li logo and product naming is there. Lian Li is proud of their ROG certification as it is not only on the box but on the chassis. Same with their co-working with famous enthusiast and professional overclocker Roman (Der Bauer) Hartung. The latter being a good point for Lian Li to highlight as Roman worked with them on the original predecessor to this chassis the PC011 Dynamic.

This side shows the same logo and name, along with the Der Bauer logo and the ROG certified logo.

Now we have the rear side which opens up the view to show the internal structure of the PC011D XL. As you can now see, there is a lot of room in the PC011D XL, and that lends credence to the «built for enthusiasts» claim on the box.

Lastly, we have the final smaller side, which has the same iconology. Below all of this, it also shows the three models available for the PC011D XL. The chassis comes with three color options; black marked by an X suffix, while white will be a W suffix and lastly silver with an A suffix. Why Lian Li chose to not put B for black or S for silver is anyone’s guess at this point, but it is similar to the naming rules we observed on the TU150 from Lian Li.

The PC011D XL comes out of the box with soft polystyrene style end caps, and the chassis is wrapped in a plastic bag. The tempered glass panels are also covered with plastic cling on both sides to ensure minimal chances of damage during transit.

Lian Li O11D EVO Design

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With its mixture of glass, aluminum and steel (although mostly steel), the O11D EVO feels like most other O11 chassis, which is to say good, but not super premium. The company moved to a new pin-mounting mechanism for the pop-off panels, similar to what I’ve seen on both the Ssupd Meshlicious and Hyte Revolt 3 earlier this year. That means the side and front panels pop off with ease without tools or removing the top panel first. And they mostly stay in place when you want them to. The two glass panels have mounts for a screw to hold them more securely if you’re traveling with or shipping the case. I’d suggest removing all the panels when starting your build, as the side panels, in particular, can come loose as you’re flipping the case around. The top panel also comes off fairly easily once you loosen two captive screws at the back.

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Inside, the case is nearly infinitely reconfigurable. There are over a dozen panels, pieces, and ports that can be moved or removed to fit your needs, and some don’t even require a screwdriver. Most require removing a couple of screws, but you won’t likely want to swap out these parts unless you’re installing one of the five optional kits.

That’s not to say the case isn’t capable of transforming without the aid of extra parts. Out of the box, you can invert the layout of the case so that the motherboard installs on either side of the case. However, this seems to be the most burdensome reconfiguration of the O11D EVO, with over a dozen steps involving removing and reinstalling several of the case’s interior bits. Due to time constraints, we didn’t install a system this way, but you can see how to set up the case for this kind of install in . Also, note that some of the kits we’ll cover in detail below won’t work in this orientation.

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The other thing you can rearrange in the O11D EVO out of the box is the front IO, which is housed in the bottom front by default. If you don’t like that placement for your two USB-A, one USB-C and headline/mic combo ports, the good news is you can pop the port housing out of the tabs that hold it on the bottom of the case and move it either to the left side near the back, or the right side near the front. This can all be done without reaching for a screwdriver, as the port housing just slots in and out of holes on the bottom of the chassis.

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In a nice design touch that acknowledges just how large the O11D EVO is, Lian Li also designed the power button so that it wraps around the right edge of the case, which means you can press it either from the front or the side.

My primary complaint here, though, is that at over 18 inches tall and 11 inches wide, unless you have a huge desk, chances are you’re going to plop this big boy on the floor. However, the floor positioning makes the bottom-mounted ports pretty inconvenient no matter where you put them.

Bottom Line

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Perhaps more than any case I’ve ever worked with or written about in the last decade-plus, the O11D EVO can transform itself along with your build, or be tweaked to provide just the features and layout that suits you. Just know that however you configure it, the O11D EVO is going to take up a large amount of space, either on your extremely roomy desk or on the floor.
Apart from the fact that the $169 US base price for the black model can get much more expensive once you start adding kits for better airflow and an attractively mounted GPU, my only real complaint is that the $13 Top I/O kit doesn’t ship with the case by default. On smaller cases that are clearly designed for your desk, ports on the bottom can be convenient. But as this monstrous case is over 18 inches tall and deep, and approaching a foot wide, it’s almost certainly destined for a spot on the floor. And no one wants to crawl around on the rug to plug in USB cables or a headset. 

Lian Li PC011 Dynamic XL Full-Tower Chassis

The front of the PC011D XL has an aluminum semi-frame design with brushed surfaces below and to the right of the front glass. The glass panels lift up and off of their retention slots, which makes this a much different panel retention mechanism than we have seen previously. There is no ventilation visible on the front edge, so let’s take a look up top.

The top panel is a black brushed aluminum design, and it has elongated ventilation rectangles or almost parallelogram shapes. This is where your installed 360mm radiators or triple fans would breathe through.

The front I/O is broken into two parts, firstly we will look at the main part and move down to the supplemental USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. The main I/O is to the right side of the front glass instead of being on the top like we see on so many chassis.

The I/O is outfitted as listed below (top to bottom):

  • Power button with integrated power and HDD LED surround
  • Reset Button
  • Dual USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) Type-A ports
  • Headphone and microphone 3.5mm jacks
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
  • M/C front LED strip control switch (M controls mode, C controls static color)

The lower foot area of the PC011D XL houses two extra USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) Type-A ports. This has its own 20 pin connector, so if your board does not happen to have a second connector. You can either deploy an add-in card or even buy an adapter to connect these ports to USB 2.0 so that they are usable.

The main side panel is tempered glass as you would expect and it has a slight tint but overall not crazy dark. Overall the panel is just tinted enough it adds a subtle smoky effect. The beautiful thing about slightly darkened glass panels on a chassis. The tinted glass can help hide small wires showing so that your build looks even more impressive. This panel should be complementary in that sense but not so dark you need lighting internally to see your parts.

The rear is where things start to turn a bit more interesting. Firstly let’s look at the right where everything is relatively standard. Average I guess may not be the right word since the rightmost side looks like a standard chassis rear section floating with bare metal above and below it. This is kind of accurate as Lian Li has left large spaces above and below the motherboard where thick radiators can be placed to ensure maximum cooling capabilities for enthusiast users.

Moving to the left is where things are quite interesting. By default, there is a standard ATX PSU opening at the bottom, while there are two covers above this which have dual HDD hot-swap caddies below the cover. These can fit up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives or a combination of this. However, if you need a genuinely extreme system like the aforementioned Dominus Extreme pushed to the limit. You can have up to three’ PSU’s in place as the HDD hot-swap bays use standard PSU style mounting so that they can be removed and replaced with power supplies should the need for far more power be needed.

Lastly, towards the top, we see the dual thumb screws which retain the top panel, along with a grab handle. Even with the thumb screws removed the top panel will stay put as there is a switch which pulls down to allow the top panel to be slid off toward the rear. The reason this is worth noting is that the top panel is the only thing retaining the two main side panels and front glass panel. All of the main panels can be removed by lifting upward and away from the chassis after the top panel is removed. We will show this later as we dig into the PC011D XL.

The rear or cable management side is one of the only sides which has a metal panel instead of glass. This is welcomed as many do not prefer to show off their cabling and management or lack thereof. The panel has two large openings, one being right behind the SSD tray area we saw before which can be removed to mount a radiator. The other opening towards the rear is in line with PSU mounting. Which means regardless of where you install your PSU or multiple PSUs, you will have a direct side area where filtered air can be ingested.

The bottom of the PC011D XL is where we finally get a real sense of exactly how wide the chassis is. The filter you see here is removable from the side and covers 120mm openings, so as you can see here, the PC011D XL is quite a wide chassis overall. The metallic feet are finished with four total rubber anti-skid feet which keep the chassis from sliding around when in place. You can also see at the top left of the image the cabling for the two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports on the front foot.

Now let’s dig further into the PC011D XL and see what kind of cool stuff we can find.

Упаковка и содержимое

Lian Li упаковал PC-011 Air в коричневую картонную упаковку с изображением корпуса спереди и разобранным видом сзади. Здесь вы также можете увидеть логотип «Der Bauer», который является известным немецким оверклокером. Обе боковые стороны коробки не имеют отверстий для переноски и содержат одинаковые штрих-код и наклейки, чтобы вы знали, какого цвета корпус находится внутри.

Корпус закреплен толстыми пенопластовыми прокладками, а пластиковый пакет защищает его от царапин и отпечатков пальцев.

С корпусом вы получаете все необходимое: мешочек с черными винтами, несколько полосок Velcro и резиновый блок, который должен использоваться в качестве разделителя, если вы решите установить два блока питания. Присутствует также довольно подробное руководство, которое поможет вам при сборке.

Case Build & Finished Product

Here we see the front of the PC011D XL which looks virtually the same as when we first unboxed it, with the significant exception that it is no longer a massive open space, well in truth, it is. But now it is populated with our standard test bench, and admittedly, this build does not even come close to doing justice to the PC011D XL capabilities. I would say that the PC011D XL is an attractive chassis. But it definitely would not be the first choice for blending in with a subdued home theatre or office setup; this is definitely an enthusiast-level chassis to the Nth level.

Here we take a peek inside and well, our test bench being full ATX almost looks like we could fit a second board next to it almost. The top mount AIO fits with ease and shows just how much more space is available for much thicker radiators in this thing, and the bottom and RH side looks empty. Overall the PC011D XL is easy to work in as it’s a vast open space.

Which means there’s no cramped feeling. The only issue is when building such a minor system. I cannot help but feel like something is missing since there’s so much open space waiting to be used. Everything went in without any issue to speak of, and well, there’s plenty of room for expansion even if you start simple like we have here and plan to go bigger over time.

The rear of the PC011D XL even when populated with our test bench is mainly unchanged as there’s so much back here. It’s merely scratching the surface of the amount of gear we could stuff into this chassis if we were so compelled.

The cable management capabilities of the PC011D XL is strong. I intentionally took all of the cables and bunched them in the center as quickly and messy as possible zip-tying them into one of the cable management loops. I then slapped on the cover bar as you can see here, and this shows how much can be hidden as I gave virtually zero effort to help make pretty cabling to demonstrate a worst-case scenario.

As we see here, the vertical bar hides almost everything without even a hint of the rat’s nest I left behind it. If you hate cable management, well the PC011D XL may be your new best friend. Of course, I feel I must say that I intentionally did a poor job at cable management as a capabilities demonstration for the chassis, but it is worth noting that it can be done in the way shown here with no real ill effects, until of course, you may need to trace a cable in the future.

Now that all of the panels are reattached and we buttoned up the system for completion. The first thing to note is that even though it’s just clear or slightly tinted glass, even the rather modest test system looks awesome being shrouded by glass on the front and side. When time allows the PC011D XL is on my shortlist to try out some liquid cooling equipment to see exactly how awesome it can look when beefed up.

Here we have the system powered on and it goes form a subdued to lively with eth integrated ARGB front strip and internal components. Now, this is only a small taste as to what you can expect from the PC011D Xl, and while our component list is quite basic to ensure fitment on many cases, it shows what a change even small amounts of RGB makes. The same goes for any installed components as you could choose something like white LED strips and all blacked out components to have a lit-up showcase system that has an unlit stealth appearance. As I started with, in this review, the PC011D XL really does enable you to make the system you want out of it.

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