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Lian Li Announces the PC-A05FN ATX Mid-Tower PC Case


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Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd, maker of high-end, all-aluminum computer chassis since 1983, today releases an all-aluminum, high-end, mid-tower PC case available in silver or black called the PC-A05FN. With their commitment to optimizing instead of merely following convention, Lian Li's designers have positioned the PSU mount behind the front-panel at the base of the case, directly below the HDD cage. This unique design characteristic is complimented by a reversal of Lian Li's traditional front-to-back cooling scheme in order to achieve an increase in heat-dissipation within the PC-A05FN while reducing chassis size. With its chic and clean design, this computer case proudly bears all the markings of Lian Li's high-quality products and fits nicely into their list of outstanding 2011 releases.

Thermal Excellence
In most of Lian Li's PC chassis front-panel fans are for intake and back-panel fans are for exhaust, but in the PC-A05FN this is reversed. At the top of the back-panel, a 120mm intake fan pulls cool air into the chassis. Hot air is expelled with the help of a front-panel, 120mm exhaust fan positioned directly in front of the HDD cage with the air escaping through venting along the side edges of the front-panel. For users who want to increase airflow, Lian Li has included a 140mm top-panel fan mount (fan not included). Additionally, designers have included a vent directly beneath the PSU mount, protected by a washable air-filter. Two rubber-lined holes on the back-panel enable LCS and venting along the back-panel also helps to keep temperatures cool, even when components have been overclocked. Also included is a fan speed control-switch mount (switch not included).

Tool-less and Anti-vibration Features
Internally, three 3.5" and two 2.5" HDDs mount using thumb-screws with rubber-suspension. Two 5.25" ODDs mount with Lian Li's tool-less design at the top of the front-panel. Directly beneath them, an external 3.5" HDD mount has been included as well. Additionally, there are eight, tool-less PCI brackets on the back-panel that can mount VGA cards as long as 280mm. Lian Li has made the PC-A05FN compatible with ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. The power switch is located along the right edge of the front-panel right above one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and HD Audio ports.

The all-aluminum, PC-A05FN weighs in at 4.4kg. Its dimensions are 210mm x 385mm x 500mm (W, H, D). This exceptionally designed computer chassis is sure to be a hit with users who like to be on the front lines of innovation without sacrificing quality or style. For more information, visit the product page.

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press release says mid-tower.
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i think i prefer the reverse ATX version
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I like it. I can also predict a cable-management challenge.
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They really haven't changed their PC series case aesthetics much over the years which I think is great.

Sometimes you can't improve much on what already looks great.
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Intake Fan Filter?

I've always kind of liked the styling of the A05, but I've never been down with the idea of sucking unfiltered air through the back 120. I realize you could add an aftermarket filter, but I have yet to see one that is very convenient to clean.

I do like this new version with its update 3.5" drive bays.
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The anti vibration features for HDD in my Lian Li are useless as i can hear all the grinding even with those rubberized screws. But when i suspended the drive on elastic ribbons inside the HDD cage, absolute silence. I have to look at the LED light to see if the HDD is even doing anything.
Makes me wonder why no one makes it this way. I'm sure a full silicone frame would do the same thing more securely as my solution isn't really meant for case carrying, though it could survive it if you don't rotate and shake the box too much.

I also had Scythe HDD silencing thingie (dedicated kit) and it was not as good as good old elastic from pants. Not aesthetic but works better than any expensive aftermarket product.
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This will be an awesome case for a small-but-powerful LAN rig. Now all they need to do is cut it down to mATX size (easily done if a 5.25" inch bay is replaced with a 3.5" mount and the 3.5" cage is removed entirely) and it'll almost be able to compete with Shuttle cases in terms of size, and of course the hardware will be fully configurable.


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Seems like a step backwards from the old design - the PSU will clash with any longer GPUs with this one. It won't be able to have such a small powerful rig theme, whereas the older one had the PSU near the CPU area.
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nice. they move the psu to the front and it result small case
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Hmm, think I like my A05N better.
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They really haven't changed their PC series case aesthetics much over the years which I think is great.

Sometimes you can't improve much on what already looks great.
Like the saying goes.. if its not broken, dont fix it :D