Friday, March 20th 2009

Lian-Li Introduces New HTPC Form Factor Cases

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-C33 & PC-C34F HTPC chassis. Both have slender profile form factors to blend in with audio and DVD equipment but stand out because of their unique offerings like the 2.4G wireless remote sensor, innovative HDD access and options as well as supremely quiet cooling capabilities.


The PC-C33 stands at 425 x 168 x 460 mm (W, H, D), while the slightly larger PC-C34F stands at 432 mm x 168 mm x427 mm (W,H,D). These classic chassis have the traditional Lian Li brushed black anodized aluminum appearance, with the PC-C34F having a front mounted lockable HDD cage with a hot swap HDD capability with support for up to 4x 3.5”HDD’s. While both have space for 4x 3.5”HDD’s. In addition, there are two ODD bays and support for seven expansion slots.


Unique Profile HTPC Chassis
The PC-C33 and PC-34F will both support a micro-ATX and ATX form factor. Both cases are hand-made with Lian Li’s traditional care and attention to detail. The diamond cut lines to create the elegant profile seen on both chassis’ front panels give the HTPC chassis a sense of style. The solid structure is all aluminum, offering significant cooling functions over standard steel cases, while adding a sleek and superior aspect of elegance. In addition the front mounted I/O ports, include 4x USB 2.0, 1x Firewire 1394, 1x E-SATA, as well as HD+AC97 Audio options.In addition, the acrylic window for the 2.4G wireless remote sensor enhances your HTPC experience.

Smooth Airflow and Silent
Lian Li attention to detail is evident throughout with special anti-vibration spring clips to prevent the panels from rattling, while special rubber grommets support the HDD’s mounted in their bays. The PC-C33 has 2x80mm exhaust ball-bearing fan@1200RPM, with one 140mm ball-bearing fans @1200RPM drawing air into the chassis from the vent holes on the side of the case. The PC-C34F has a 140mm Fan@900RPM intake on the left hand side of the case , and a 80mm fan@1500RPM exhaust.The copious open vents around the case improve airflow and assist the aluminum chassis in cooling down the warmest components inside.

Quality and Craftsmanship
Like all Lian Li products, these HTPC Multimedia Chassis have the finely honed finish to prevent sharp edges, while the structure has been hand-crafted to create the extra attention to detail prevalent in Lian Li chassis. The minimalist design allows the case to fit in with any décor. The special rubber padded metal stands are superior quality reduce vibration. The internals are modular, so components can be pre-fitted and then installed in stages, allowing an organized and structural design for your DIY HTPC Home Theatre system. Tool-less thumb screws keep the case top panel attached, while a structural support bar adds strength to the case design. Everything is designed to comply with Intel Standards for maximum compatibility. The essence of Lian-Li products is the craftsmanship of the engineering. Intrinsic to the workmanship and quality is the customization which includes a whole host of optional extras that can be purchased to add more features to an already feature rich product.Source: Lian-Li
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7 Comments on Lian-Li Introduces New HTPC Form Factor Cases

#1
Jizzler
I like 'em.

Crossfire a couple passive cards in the C33 thanks to the 140mm. If it's the same one in my A17, might not have to replace it as it already moves a decent amount of air (while keeping quiet).
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#2
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
The design looks better than that of the new chieftech H03 HTPC case. I like the better airflow and vents a swell. Id think the price might be a bit cheaper than what weve been seeing too.
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#3
Haytch
Whats with the safety deposit box look on one of the pics ? Maybe thats where you can slap in an optional screen. You wouldnt want a HTPC without the LCD, its something you will always regret infront of a 55" . . . Well atleast i would.

Lian Li make quality products, but i dont think i would opt for the PC-C34F and have to seek a touchscreen display for it when i can just get the Thermaltake DH202 VJ80051N2Z complete. ooOOoo it does German.
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#4
Wile E
Power User
by: Haytch
Whats with the safety deposit box look on one of the pics ? Maybe thats where you can slap in an optional screen. You wouldnt want a HTPC without the LCD, its something you will always regret infront of a 55" . . . Well atleast i would.

Lian Li make quality products, but i dont think i would opt for the PC-C34F and have to seek a touchscreen display for it when i can just get the Thermaltake DH202 VJ80051N2Z complete. ooOOoo it does German.
It's a door for the hot-swap hard drive bays.
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#6
HaZe303
Really nice, I want something better than my old Silverstone LC17, one of these would be perfect for me to swap for...
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#7
Static~Charge
"Unique Profile HTPC Chassis"? They're mid-tower cases lying on their side, with the drive bays turned 90 degrees to be horizontal -- nothing unique about that. The fringe benefit is they have good expansion and good cooling from all that extra space.

Manufacturer's suggested retail price: PC-C33, $160 USD; PC-C34F, $255 USD. Nothing unique about their prices, either (typical Lian Li overpricing).
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