Wednesday, February 17th 2016

Lian Li Announces the PC-7N Classic Design Chassis

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd announces the PC-7N chassis. This mid-tower PC case may look familiar to long-time Lian Li customers, but internally it hosts important design updates. It includes an improved, customizable storage rack for drives, tool-less building features, and great clearances in a lightweight, minimal chassis.

The PC-7N includes four drive trays fitted with vibration-dampening rubber washers. Each tray can be installed in one of eight slots near the front intake fans. Builders can easily remove, replace, or reposition each drive tray as needed. The drives are secured by a removable aluminum arm secured by thumbscrew.

The PC-7N can mount robust CPU coolers as tall as 170mm. It includes two 120mm intake fans at the front panel, with another 120mm exhaust fan on the rear panel. The front panel fans can be removed to accommodate a radiator as large as 140mmx280mmx60mm. The rear 120mm fan includes grommets for AIO water cooling systems.

The PC-7N mounts ATX or mATX motherboards. By repositioning the drive trays, this chassis can fit large VGA cards as long as 370mm. If blocked by drive trays, it could still fit cards as long as 250mm. It mounts high-wattage ATX PSUs up to a maximum 270mm in length. It includes eight expansion slots.

Drives can be freely installed and repositioned without tools - thumbscrews secure the support arm, and slot-in without losing small screws. The two 5.25" bays are tool-less as well; the front panel and fan filters can be removed and cleaned without screws. There's 14mm of space behind the motherboard tray, and 27mm space behind the drive rack for convenient cable management. It stands on four adjustable aluminum feet, with power, HD audio ports, and two USB 3.0 ports positioned above the front panel with a closable cover.

The PC-7N will be available in silver and black at the end of February for $99.

For more information, visit the product page.
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6 Comments on Lian Li Announces the PC-7N Classic Design Chassis

#1
Kursah
I run my server in an older K7, excellent case overall! If I didn't have a Corsair 600Q I would consider this. Sure it looks limited for wiring, but the holes that are there are in smart places, and I love the build and overall quality of these cases and for $100 new I feel its a good purchase!
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#2
Parn
The classic models all have the same layout from Lian Li. This PC-7N is almost identical to my PC-9N except for the front fan grille. Also I believe the slide in/out HDD cage is much easier to use than the design shown in the picture here.
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#3
9700 Pro
Finally a good budget oriented case from LiLi, looks good!
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#4
Kursah
Parn said:
The classic models all have the same layout from Lian Li. This PC-7N is almost identical to my PC-9N except for the front fan grille. Also I believe the slide in/out HDD cage is much easier to use than the design shown in the picture here.
This is a pretty easy design to work with and I appreciate it for cable management of data and drive power moreso, the slide cages are still effective though. Plus you get better direct airflow if you don't use all slots since there's no cage blocking the fans in the first place. :)
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#6
Orijin16
Am I the only person that actually doesn't like Lian Li cases?

The styling always looks so dated (except for occasional limited edition "crazy" cases like the yacht and train), and I don't like their insistence on using bare aluminum.

I get that they have excellent build quality, I just wish they would bring the styling into the 21st century, and also make some cases that are more watercooling friendly without having to mod (especially given how much they charge for them).
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