Wednesday, January 13th 2016

Lian Li Introduces the Fanless Micro-ITX PC-Q04 PC Chassis

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd announces the PC-Q04 Mini Tower Chassis for Mini-ITX systems. While not the smallest chassis Lian Li offers, this case gives builders a bit more breathing room without compromising its compact size. The enhanced vents are designed to mitigate any vibration or noise from case fans and maximize the cooling performance of the internal components themselves. The PC-Q04 employs both its floor and roof space for drive mounting, doing away with externally facing bays for improved airflow.

One of the biggest features of the PC-Q04 is its vents - they are the only things that could be described as "big" on this case. The large side vent lets the PSU draw and vent out its own air to work as efficiently as possible. Meanwhile, the bottom left and right vents as well as the entire floor panel allow the GPU to take in air as needed while giving the CPU enough room to breath. The rear panel is another large vent to let warm air escape. Tall rubber feet prevent vibrations and suspend the case to let air flow readily through the bottom vent.
Construction and Layout
The PC-Q04 uses a familiar Lian Li vertical-mounted Mini ITX system layout. A full ATX size PSU of up to 160mm is mounted opposite the CPU, giving a full 70mm clearance for coolers. Video cards can be up to 190mm long; the case has two expansion slots with an extra margin for especially thick cards. There are two locations to mount hard drives: one 3.5" or 2.5" drive on the floor panel and two more drives, one 2.5" and one 2.5 or 3.5", on a removable tray at the top. The floor can instead be used for a 120/140mm fan if necessary. There is only the power button, two USB 3.0 ports, and HD audio ports on the front panel. On the back panel are the usual two expansion slots, PSU and motherboard cut outs, and the large vent. No fans at all.

Efficiency Of Dimensions
Compared with other Q series cases, the PC-Q04 adds extra volume near the top and bottom panels, instead employing spacious vents to preclude the need for cooling fans. The PSU cycles its own airflow without affecting other components. The GPU similarly can pull air directly from the bottom and side intakes and vent directly from its fan. The CPU is more sheltered and requires a smaller cooler. It vents through the oversized back panel as air will naturally flow that way.

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10 Comments on Lian Li Introduces the Fanless Micro-ITX PC-Q04 PC Chassis

#1
micropage7
why no brands listen to put the psu on the left side of case so the hardware could take more fresh air
placing processor under psu will reduce the airflow to cool the processor
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#2
Disparia
Very much like the Q01 I recently picked up; a little skinnier, a bit taller, more vents.
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#3
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
I still haven't quite gotten the trend of mini-itx towers that rival most mid towers.
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#4
cadaveca
My name is Dave
"micropage7 said:
why no brands listen to put the psu on the left side of case so the hardware could take more fresh air
placing processor under psu will reduce the airflow to cool the processor
Only AMD CPUs need that; Skylake is rather light on power use. This is 2016, not 2006.
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#5
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
"cadaveca said:
Only AMD CPUs need that; Skylake is rather light on power use. This is 2016, not 2006.
Even the AMD ones aren't that bad.
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#6
cadaveca
My name is Dave
"cdawall said:
Even the AMD ones aren't that bad.
APUs, sure. CPUs, GPUs... not so much. Hopefully Zen and Polaris fix that, and given the info from CES, they just might.

"cdawall said:
I still haven't quite gotten the trend of mini-itx towers that rival most mid towers.
That's where all the improvements the past few years have gone. Power use has been greatly reduced. 980 replaces 780 TI, Skylake replaces Hot Haswell, performance is rather equal, with the true engineering going into the reductions in power use while providing the same performance. Polaris seems to follow this line, but Zen is the unknown factor at this time. There is no need for big compute boxes on our desks any more; we've gone from 40-liter mid towers to 10-liter mini-towers.
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#7
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
"cadaveca said:
APUs, sure. CPUs, GPUs... not so much. Hopefully Zen and Polaris fix that, and given the info from CES, they just might.
There are no 990 based mitx boards so those don't count. You can only go FM2/+ and AM1, neither of those are that bad.
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#8
vega22
"cadaveca said:
Only AMD CPUs need that; Skylake is rather light on power use. This is 2016, not 2006.
looks at x99 itx build.....notsureifserious.gif :P
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#9
cadaveca
My name is Dave
"vega22 said:
looks at x99 itx build.....notsureifserious.gif :p
I put my ASRock X99E-ITX/ac into a bitfenix prodigy. ;)
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#10
vega22
prodigy is one of the few you can fit a full tower blower in :D
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