Thursday, July 5th 2018

Lian Li Unleashes Maximum Airflow with PC-011 Air Chassis

Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd., world's leading manufacturer of aluminum chassis for enthusiasts and custom OEM/ODM case solutions is proud to announce its ultimate platform for cooling with the Lian Li PC-O11 Air high-airflow chassis. Bearing the same multi-chamber design as the PC-O11 Dynamic, the PC-O11 Air takes that design and maximizes it for the best amount of airflow and cooling ever. The perfect chassis for high-performance workstation where cooling is a must for stability and performance, the PC-O11 Air guarantees unmatched cooling potential to take your build to the fullest.

The O11 Air is available from $129, while the O11 Air with Bora fans is available for $149.
Ultimate Cooling Potential
As the name suggests, the Lian Li PC-O11 Air is intended for maximum airflow providing watercooling enthusiasts and performance seekers to get the best cooling possible from the chassis. The PC-O11 Air can mount up to three 360mm radiators concurrently and the front vent can house a 240/280/360mm radiator without interference. This allows a larger amount of watercooling possibilities in the PC-O11 Air than ever before on a Lian Li chassis.

The PC-O11 Air can house a maximum of twelve 120mm fans and two additional 80mm rear exhaust fans. This ensures that the PC-O11 Dynamic always has plenty of options for fan placements and airflow.
The vented front intake provides substantial increase in airflow than the original PC-O11 Dynamic allowing builders to go all-out in cooling. Lian Li also includes fan filters on all five intake vents to reduce dust build up. The fan filters are magnetic and allow ease-of-use and maintenance so you don't need any tools to clean your system.

Excellent Customization Support
Sharing the same internal features as the PC-O11 Dynamic, the Lian Li PC-O11 Air takes the design further and boasts a simpler yet smarter layout that makes planning and building your system and watercooling an enjoyable task. The new internal layout personifies the name of the product the best with Lian Li introducing a revised drive caddy for drive placements, a cable bar to manage cables and make your cabling more visually pleasing as well as expansion support for up to two power supply units (PSU). Maximize storage as well with support for up to six 2.5" SSDs and up to three 3.5" hard drives.

Excellent Support for Modern Systems
The PC-O11 Air features USB 3.1 Type-C out of the box with a compatible front panel header to support modern devices as well as traditional SuperSpeed USB3.0 ports in the front panel. This removes the need to reach over to the back of your motherboard to connect your devices. Lian Li supports motherboards up to EATX standard size. The motherboard tray on the PC-O11 Air is extended and is angled on the far-end to provide a more visually-pleasing passthrough for your cables via the grommet holes.

PC-O11 AIR and PC-O11 AIR RGB
Lian Li will be offering the PC-O11 Air in two variants: the PC-O11 Air and the PC-O11 Air RGB. The PC-O11 Air will be the base configuration of the chassis and will include two 120mm high-airflow PWM fans. The PC-O11 Air is the premium package which will include two 120mm high-airflow fans as well as a pack of 3 Lian Li BORA Lite RGB fans.
The BORA LITE 120(BR LITE 120) case fans improve on the original Bora RGB by adding a stand-out aluminum frame to give it a more reflective property for improved visual appeal. Its compatible with RGB control technologies from the top motherboard brands, allowing it to fully maximize the lighting potential of its 12 RGB LEDs.
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23 Comments on Lian Li Unleashes Maximum Airflow with PC-011 Air Chassis

#1
theoneandonlymrk
I just swapped my main rig into the 011 dynamic, wonderfully designed and built case im Very pleased but torn now on what could have been.
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#2
MetroDetroitGaming
Is it available now? Not finding it. Might be my next case, looks nice
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#3
Ed_1
This looks like a nice design, not so gamer, RBG, and glass everywhere.
Interested to see reviews on this

Yeh, search online only shows dynamic one now.
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#4
Mech0z
Any version without glass window?
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#5
Raevenlord
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MetroDetroitGaming, post: 3866608, member: 179828"
Is it available now? Not finding it. Might be my next case, looks nice
Updated the story with Newegg links; seems they're not yet available.
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#6
phanbuey
Lian li with a plastic front? No thanks.
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#7
Caring1
"This removes the need to reach over to the back of your motherboard case to connect your devices"
and one more editing error:
"PC-O11 Air will be the base configuration of the chassis and will include two 120mm high-airflow PWM fans. The PC-O11 Air is the premium package.."
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#8
bonehead123
Well, if your gonna mount rad(s) on the front panel, presumably with fans attached, what exactly is the point in the side mounted fans? Seems somewhat redundant to me. And who the hell uses 80/92mm fans nowadays anyways (rear exhaust) ?

Appearance-wise this reminds me somewhat of my old Air 540......

But at least it has USB 3 ports on the front panel, hallelujah...'bout friggin time somebody finally read that (2018) memo :)
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#9
Mech0z
bonehead123, post: 3866700, member: 139670"
Well, if your gonna mount rad(s) on the front panel, presumably with fans attached, what exactly is the point in the side mounted fans? Seems somewhat redundant to me. And who the hell uses 80/92mm fans nowadays anyways (rear exhaust) ?

Appearance-wise this reminds me somewhat of my old Air 540......

But at least it has USB 3 ports on the front panel, hallelujah...'bout friggin time somebody finally read that (2018) memo :)
My case is mounted under my table to my right, so if I used the side vents I would presume the noise from them would be less compared to using the front fans IF you can block the noise from just escaping out from
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#11
Ed_1
I was thinking the AIR version would be good for HP air coolers but reading specs and the part the rear exhaust is limited to 90mm means the distance from the MB tray to glass side panel would be limited.
From here
http://www.lian-li.com/pc-o11-air/

CPU cooler needs to be less than 155mm, that not even 212evo height, so that would limit a lot of full tower coolers that are in the 160-170mm range.
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#12
ironwolf
Steve over at GN has a good video up on this case. Has two issues that are of concern, not necessarily showstoppers though: video card height concerns with the power cables on top mounted power cable cards smacking up against the side panel, front dust filter murders temps vs. the dust filter removed. Honestly sounds like some of these things were not thought out very well?
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#13
Ed_1
ironwolf, post: 3866818, member: 94359"
Steve over at GN has a good video up on this case. Has two issues that are of concern, not necessarily showstoppers though: video card height concerns with the power cables on top mounted power cable cards smacking up against the side panel, front dust filter murders temps vs. the dust filter removed. Honestly sounds like some of these things were not thought out very well?
Yes, I saw his vid, did you notice that MSI tower, just barely fit the side panel. I checked height on it it was one of the few (only one I found at Newegg) that was 155mm for 120/140mm tower.
All they had to do was widen it a bit (15mm) kind of funny if you really need to run water cooled cooling for "AIR" version.
To me, this "AIR" version was an afterthought and not much thought went into it :)
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#14
theoneandonlymrk
ironwolf, post: 3866818, member: 94359"
Steve over at GN has a good video up on this case. Has two issues that are of concern, not necessarily showstoppers though: video card height concerns with the power cables on top mounted power cable cards smacking up against the side panel, front dust filter murders temps vs. the dust filter removed. Honestly sounds like some of these things were not thought out very well?
He used 3 fans total and max in various locations, in use with adequate fans the filters matter less but it's fair to say all PC's cool better without filters, at least initially.
There are a few nuances to the case not mentioned else where.

I bought it to hold a 360 x60 ek coolstream with fans and shrouds and I fitted the rad facing into the case with shroud then fan on show, that's not the way though it should be in the back with the fans mounting onto it from the front , fair enough mistake and i prefer my way personally but my rads 60 mm deep only it and no pull fans would fit.

Now if you had a slim rad ,say 25-30mm deep and no pull fans you would encounter what I initially did , warm air recirculating into the case and psu.

I fitted shrouds to the back as well as fans to reduce this effect.

This brought the heat sauce exit closer to the vents on the right side panel but not touching so some further work might be done there.
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#15
wolar
Ed_1, post: 3866821, member: 33746"
Yes, I saw his vid, did you notice that MSI tower, just barely fit the side panel. I checked height on it it was one of the few (only one I found at Newegg) that was 155mm for 120/140mm tower.
All they had to do was widen it a bit (15mm) kind of funny if you really need to run water cooled cooling for "AIR" version.
To me, this "AIR" version was an afterthought and not much thought went into it :)
Exactly, this is not a good designed case whatsoever.
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#16
Melvis
I really dont like these cases with the cancer growth on the side.

My current Lian Li case has better air flow then that one......
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#17
Axaion
"maximum airflow"

the dynamic has better airflow due to this one having such poor quality dust filter that impedes airflow to the EXXTREEEMEEE

Its good if you take the filter off though, oh its also too narrow, making some graphic cards hard to use with the side panel on

Gamers nexus made an excellent review of it.
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#19
springs113
I love to see ppl comment on a product they don't have in hand.
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#20
wolar
springs113, post: 3867833, member: 39497"
I love to see ppl comment on a product they don't have in hand.
I do not need to have it in hand to see the design, it won't change. This is an AIR case that has side fans right after the intake(unusable as exhaust, minimal to no difference as intakes),
not a 120/140mm rear mount and the front intake filter is too restricting.
Lian li changed the front panel of their previous case from glass to open(ish) , slapped AIR into the name and called it a day.
I don't need to check it out to know its design is subpar to 50$ cases for air systems.
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#21
enxo218
Don't know about the placement of the side fans...that said will there be a review?
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#23
springs113
wolar, post: 3868003, member: 147350"
I do not need to have it in hand to see the design, it won't change. This is an AIR case that has side fans right after the intake(unusable as exhaust, minimal to no difference as intakes),
not a 120/140mm rear mount and the front intake filter is too restricting.
Lian li changed the front panel of their previous case from glass to open(ish) , slapped AIR into the name and called it a day.
I don't need to check it out to know its design is subpar to 50$ cases for air systems.
You can say whatever...I wouldn't trust a reviewer who is reviewing a product he/she never laid a finger on.
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