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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truprecht - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkYou should look at the Lian Li PC-Q28. It can hold a GPU up to 290mm, 4 HDDs, and (if the MB and ODD are carefully selected) a 120mm radiator on the top.
meacupla - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkQ28 was one of those silly lian-li cases that can be easily be scratched off the short list.
Node 304 would be a better choice than Q28. Heck, even Antec ISK600 would be quite decent for that.
ODD? Why do people insist on having a large internal optical device that is useless 100% of the time? Even these external slim drives have a smaller footprint than a standard size 5.25 drive.
Death666Angel - Sunday, December 22, 2013 - linkOr you get an adapter for the 5.25" bay that gives you access to another 2.5" HDD slot and a slimline ODD slot and some USB ports or that gives you 6 2.5" HDD slots or that gives you card readers or that has a water reservoir or.... The 5.25" bay is super versatile.
meacupla - Thursday, December 26, 2013 - linkversatility at the cost of compactness in a compact case?
You're missing the point.
chiza - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkwhy is the only fan an exhaust fan? that creates negative pressure and will create dust in all those little holes and inside the case. I would just reverse the fan and put a filter on it.
Lors16 - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkHow about the PSU fan. That blows out right?
Th-z - Sunday, December 22, 2013 - linkExactly, reversing the fan isn't ideal either. It's going to suck in the hot air from the PSU below. The PSU that takes the air from bottom is also going to need a filter.
piroroadkill - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - linkWell, you could. So that's hardly a flaw..
ShieTar - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - linkWell, with the PSU and the GPU exhausting to the back, reversing this exact fan might not be the best Idea either, you'll just push the heated air of those parts back in.
romrunning - Friday, December 20, 2013 - linkWhy not make it 1-2" longer so as to allow for longer GPUs? I would think that would make it appeal to more min-ITX case buyers who want stick a bigger GPU than 8.6".