During the Lian Li Digital Expo, the company has showcased its upcoming cases and a new 120mm fan. Some cases had already been announced earlier this year, but they have since received some modifications. Nonetheless, there are also new cases, like the O11 Air Mini and the Lancool III.
The Lian-Li Q58 supports mini-ITX motherboards, triple-slot 320mm long GPUs, 280mm radiators, and SFX and ATX PSUs. Since the case’s initial unveiling, some aesthetic changes have been made, including a two-tone design and a set of new side panels, so users can choose between full mesh, full tempered glass, or a mix of the two. Some changes in the interior created more space at the top of the case and an extra 2.5-inch SSD bracket.
In the new design, it isn’t necessary to move the motherboard bracket to change from an SFX to an ATX PSU, meaning you can also have a 3-slot GPU when using a full sized power supply. The front-mounted SSD bracket is now tool-less, and the cabling from the front I/O 3.5mm jack is now 15mm longer. Finally, users will have the option to install two RGB LED bars (sold separately) at the bottom and on the top of the case. Expected to release in mid-August, the Q58 will be priced at $119.99 for the PCIe 3.0 version, and $149.99 for the PCIe 4.0.
The O11 Air Mini is basically an O11 Mini covered in mesh panels from top to bottom and a side tempered glass panel. Despite its compact size, it supports ATX PSUs (200mm max), mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX, and E-ATX motherboards, up to 6x 2.5-inch drives or 4x 3.5-inch drives 2x 2.5-inch drives. As for cooling components, the top panel allows users to mount 3x120mm/2x140mm fans and up to a 240/280mm radiator, the side can fit up to 2x 120mm fans and a 240mm radiator, the front panel has room for 2×120/140mm fans and up to a 240/280mm radiator and finally, in the bottom of the case, you can fir 2x 120/140mm fans and up to a 240/280mm radiator.
Available in black and white, the Lian-Li O11 Air Mini includes 2x 140mm fans in the front and a 120mm fan on the rear. Both versions should be available in July for $99.99 in black and $109.99 in white.
Lian-Li and Dan case have teamed up for another small form factor case – the A4-H2O. This case is mostly made of aluminium and supports mini-ITX motherboards, SFX and SFX-L PSUs, and up to 240mm AIO coolers. Compared to the previous A4-H2O, there are clear changes to the design. The front I/O panel was moved to the left side, and you can only mount a 2.5-inch SSD at the bottom. The front panel is now removable, making the GPU much easier to mount. The GPU can have a 3-slot design and be up to 321mm long. Moreover, the top panel is now removable for ease of access when mounting an AIO on the top. Planned to release by the end of October, the A4-H2O will be available for $129.99 (PCIe 3.0), and $159.99 (PCIe 4.0).
The O11D Evo also received some changes, now featuring redesigned top and right side mesh panels. The front panel door was also removed, moving the control buttons to the top right. The I/O panel was moved to the bottom, located in a detachable part that allows users to mount on the bottom front/side of the case. The left side panel was also redesigned to hide the cables. Generally speaking, there’s more mesh in the panels and some air obstructions were removed to increase airflow. As if Lian-Li hasn’t already added and changed enough of this case, it also added a system to swap the bottom part with the top, allowing users to invert their system in about 5 minutes. Priced at $159.99, the O11D EVO should be available by the end of October.
The only full tower at the presentation was the V3000 . With support for two systems, multiple system layouts, extensive cooling compatibility, and up to 20x 3.5-inch drives, the V3000 changed considerably from its original design. On the outside, Lian-Li redesigned the front panel (RGB LED strip at the centre), the side panel (redesigned mesh) and the aluminium extrusions along the edges of the case. The front I/O panel and the Lian-Li logo on the bottom front were also reduced for a cleaner look. Lian-Li added a button to open the side panel, and a removable top panel to increase airflow. Users can now install a 120/140mm on the rear. As for the inside, it added an extra HDD cage with four slots and tracks to easily adjust them. GPU compatibility was also improved, allowing for taller GPUs. Other changes made to the interior include removable brackets, a vertical GPU mounting kit, and pump mounting holes beside the main motherboard tray. The mini-ITX board tray now also supports a 240mm radiator, and fan and ventilation points were added to the front part of the PSU shroud. Expected to release in mid-November, the V3000 will be available for $399.99.
The final case shown this week was none other than the Lancool III. This case is still a prototype, but many of the design choices in place should reach the final retail version of the case. Like other Lian-Li cases, it has hinged side glass panels that wrap around the front panel. The front and top panels are mostly made of mesh. The front I/O is modular and removable in a similar fashion to the O11D Evo, letting users choose between placing it on the top or bottom of the front panel.
The mid-tower case supports mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and E-ATX boards, up to 397mm long GPUs, ATX PSUs with up to 200mm in length. Cooling compatibility is also quite vast, with space to 176mm tall CPU air coolers, up to 10x 120mm fans — 3x in the front, 3x in the bottom, 3x in the top, and one in the rear — or 4x 120mm fans and 3x 140mm on the front and another 3x in the top. There’s also space for 9x 2.5-inch drives or 5x 2.5-inch drives and 4x 3.5-inch drives. The case interior features removable brackets to make assembling the system easier.
The top panel allows for a 280/360mm radiator, as well as space for a power supply. In the front, there’s enough space to use a 280/360mm radiator in a push-pull configuration. The cable management system is different from most other cases, featuring multiple panels that hide the clutter on both sides.
To please RGB lovers, Lian Li announced the new SL120 Infinity 120mm fans. The frame is similar to that of the original SL120, but the RGB lighting was taken to a new level by adding an infinity mirror effect to the centre of the fan and the front and back corners as well. Taking design cues from the AL fans, the SL120 Infinity also features an RGB medallion on the back instead of the spec sticker.
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