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Lian Li Launches Full-tower PC-90

Lian Li Launches Full-tower PC-90

Lian Li introduced the PC-90, a new full-tower chassis that will be available at the beginning of September. This PC-90 is available in striking black or silver hairline-brushed anodized metal casing. The case features a tool-less design and is compatible with HPTX, XL-ATX, ATX, and micro-ATX motherboards. The PC-90's HDD drives are mounted vertically on two trays inside the left side panel. For cooling, the PC-90 uses two 140mm front fans and a rear 120mm fan. The PC-90, also known as 'The Hammer,' supports video cards up to 400mm length.

Lian Li Launches Full-tower PC-90

'The Hammer' Holds More with Less Weight

30 August 2011, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd, maker of high-end, all-aluminum computer chassis for over 12 years, today introduced a full-tower chassis, the PC-90. Available in striking black or silver hairline-brushed, anodized metal casing, the PC-90, also known as 'The Hammer', represents the best of Made-in-Taiwan ingenuity and quality, with the ease of tool-less design.

The Lian Li PC-90's unique internal layout allows large HPTX motherboards to be held in a standard, full-tower case with a weight of only 6.6kg. 'The Hammer' PC-90 is light and compact, and can easily fit under a desk like a standard PC chassis. This makes the chassis an excellent solution for systems/servers/workstations without needing a large, heavy steel case.

Instead of standard HDD cages that obstruct internal air-flow, the PC-90's HDD drives are mounted vertically on two trays inside the left side panel. This way, the entire back of the case can be used to hold the motherboard, even enabling a larger HPTX or server motherboard to fit into the standard, full-tower chassis.

The Lian Li PC-90 offers the advantage of two 140mm front fans blowing cool air directly and unrestricted over the motherboard and VGA card to the rear 120mm fan. Its sturdy HDD trays on the side of the case lock firmly into place in order to avoid vibration. Nonetheless, the trays can be easily removed via thumbscrew, allowing for easy installation of three 3.5” HDDs in the front and three more 2.5” drives on the back of the two trays, for a total of 12 HDD drives for the entire system. Thanks to the chassis design without HDD cages, 'The Hammer' supports video cards up to 400mm length and also offers a tool-less graphics card holder. To support modern motherboards and avoid having to use external connectors, the case is equipped with USB 3.0 for 20-pin connector.

Rounding out the Lian Li PC-90's superior features are its cable organization system and liquid cooling holes. Washable air filters offer easy-to-remove, and recyclable, computer protection.

Traditional Durability

The essence of Lian Li is the craftsmanship of the engineering. Intrinsic to the workmanship and quality of Lian Li's products is their customization capabilities, which include a whole host of optional extras that can be added to an already feature rich product. For more details on features and extras available for the PC-C90, please go to the Lian Li website: www.Lian-Li.com

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The HDD design looks interesting and probably works quite well.  I've noticed that you don't really need that much air to keep the HDD's cool (10k rpm aside.)  This is probably why they placed them the way they did, since the HDD bays slow down the air for everything else, while not requiring much air on its own. We're also in an SSD age.

Something to note is that there are 2 140mm fans in front and only one 120mm exhaust fan...someone tell me how that works.

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It seems like their cases keep getting better and better and better. Hell that case could work well for a server as well, what with the ability to place 6 HDD's in the back and possibly 6 more inside the case itself.

What I would like to know if how well the airflow will be, I mean without HDD's in the front, how will the air flow; will the system be cooler? HH, get on that stat!

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The airflow should be pretty good [positive-airflow] no HDs in the way of the front140mm fans there's also an option to place a fan in the top.Has cover plate included for those that do not want or need it..Build quality with Lian-Li is always very high.Likelyt depends on how the good the fans are & how they are set-up..

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I like how they introduce it as being painted "Striking Black".

I was struck by that,.......

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one thing you can  count on with the Lian-Lii's they are a pleasure to work with and built extremely well..Some folks just like the appearance and all aluminum design.As opposed to other more gaming styles of chassis.With some cases going for $250.00 they are not all that unreasonable price wise for an all aluminum chassis.Lots of quality choices through-out  the line up and plenty of availability in the US.

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