|-- Lian Li PC35 Aluminum Case
-- By: GideonX
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Lately, if you don't have an aluminum case you
weren't part of the 'in' crowd of hard core case freaks. Well,
if you actually listened to those people who believed that was true,
you should stop modding and get out more. But it
sure kicks ass to have a spanking shiny alum case, whether at a LAN
event or just in your house. People will stare!
So we've been lucky enough to test out a few aluminum
cases here at GT, most noticeable is our aluminum
case round up we did a while back. One of the participants
of that round up was Lian
Li, one of the first to bring out overclocking in mind alum
cases to the masses.
We have a treat for you folks today, a review on one
of their brand new mini aluminum cases, the PC35!
This one has the usual markings, the thumb screws, pull out mobo
tray, and other nice features commonly seen on a Lian Li. But,
there are other features that make this case stand out...
Here's the box that was sent to us straight
from Lian Li's office in Taiwan. Not too banged up, kudos to FedEx
as usual. One of the first things that popped out is the banner
that says 'Hard Anodize' on the outside box. The picture above
shows the anodized panel on the left and the regular aluminum panel from
the Mini 30 on the right. To explain the term
anodize really quickly:
"it's the process of electrically depositing an oxide
film from aqueous solution onto the surface of a metal, in this case
aluminum. This in turn can provide corrosion resistance,
electrical insulation, thermal control, abrasion resistance, sealing,
improving paint adhesion, and decorative finishing. What most
people like is the last part of that, the decorative finishing."
That was a quote from our aluminum case
round up, just did a quick cut and paste. There is no extra color
change in the anodization of the aluminum for this case, it is the same
pale gray color. You probably can't tell a difference in the
picture above showing the side panel, but its a lot tougher than our
Lian Li Mini 30's panel!
Here are some specs on the case itself:
3 External Drive Bays (1X5.25") (2X3.5")
2 Removable HDD Bays with electronic key lock
Front bezel USB2.0 ports
Dimensions: 400mm x 190mm x 350mm (L x W x H)
Right off the bat, this case is packed with
features, but is incredibly small. It is actually smaller than our
first mini Lian Li case we reviewed, the Mini
Upon opening the box, they had one sheet
that describe in VERY brief on how to use this case. It
doesn't exactly explain too much, just a very generic how to on getting
your case going.