Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Lian Li
<--CLICK FOR DEALS ON A LIAN LI COMPUTER CASE IN THE UNITED STATES
<--CLICK FOR DEALS ON A LIAN LI COMPUTER CASE IN CANADA
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Both side panels are secured with large silver thumbscrews and the rear panel is nicely appointed, if somewhat conventional these days. Alongside the mobo I/O plate opening, the exhaust fan placement eschews the more common perforations for a large open hole with a fan guard for maximum airflow and minimal noise. Grommeted tubing holes for the liquid cooling crowd are also in evidence and Lian Li provides a total of eight expansion bays, one more that one would see in most mid-towers. The bottom PSU placement will allow the user to orient the power supply in either direction, and the back panel, along with the interior and bottom panel, are left in the natural aluminum finish.
The front of the case is secured with robust, yet easily released spring clips and the filtered bay covers snap into the chassis making them easy to remove or replace. The fans are mounted with rubber grommets to minimize fan noise and feature a unique mounting scheme, allowing easy removal and replacement. Let's move to the interior and see what surprises Lian Li has in store for us there.
Inside, the front of the 8FI houses the drive cages and the top two big bays feature swing-out mounting brackets while the last one features the 3.5-inch device adapter and is secured with thumbscrews. Below the big bays is the side-facing, removable six-bay cage for 3.5-inch hard drives. Removing three thumbscrews release the cage from the case.
With the cage out of the case, you can see that the cage has a lot of open area to take advantage of the two front intake fans. The thumbscrew on the left side of the cage is used to open and close the sliding locking bar for HDD installation. In the foreground is the floppy adapter and there is also an included adapter allowing installation of up to two 2.5-inch drives in a single bay, which we'll examine in more detail during installation.