Lian Li has chosen to move away from the traditional motherboard tray with its latest chassis, the PC-9N. While many chassis today use a solid motherboard tray that blocks airflow, the PC-9N uses a railing mount design that provides increased thermal performance and better cable management.
The PC-9N is a brushed aluminum mid tower chassis that supports ATX and micro-ATX motherboards. The chassis is capable of holding up to three 3.5-inch hard drives and one 2.5-inch SSD in an all aluminum, tool-less, modular drive cage that is located in the lower front of the chassis. To reduce noise and vibrations, the drives are secured using quick-access thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. The hard drive cage is removable and can also be rotated.
Near the top of the chassis, you'll find three 5.25-inch drive bays with external access. For cooling, the PC-9N employs a 140mm fan at the front to pull air into the chassis and onto the hard drives. In the middle of the front panel, there is space for another optional 140mm fan. This fan would push air across the motherboard and expansion cards. A rear 120mm exhaust fan pulls hot air out of the PC-9N.
The front of the PC-9N is removable as well. An I/O panel on the top of the case contains two USB 3.0 and HD audio connections.
The PC-9N comes in two color options: silver (PC-9NA) and black (PC-9NB). The chassis will be available in the US at the end of February for $109.99.
Looks cool and it's actually a good price for a Lian-Li case, but how does the rail design increase air flow and thermals?
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