Date: May 23rd, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Big008.com
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Then install your motherboard and expansion cards and slip the tray back into place and secure it.
Attached to the motherboard tray is the lone ADDA 80mm 30cfm exhaust fan. This is one of this case's downfalls. Two intakes and one exhaust creates positive pressure in the case which in other words will create a circulation of warm air in the case, not good. I really don't understand why they wouldn't have installed a second exhaust fan under the existing one. There is room for it and it would definitely help in exhausting the warm air out of the case.
Turning our attention to the inside front of the case, you will notice the lack of any sharp corners within the case frame. This is a relief seeing the cuts from installing components in my existing case is starting to scar up my hands a bit =(.
Have a considerable amount of harddrives in your existing computer, there won't be a problem here.
Remove 2 thumbscrews and a removable harddrive rack slides out and gives you 5- 31/2" bays to install that all-important raid array. And think you still have two free 31/2" bays still at the front of the case after your floppy drive installation.
With your mainboard installed, attach the motherboard connectors and the front USB ports and away you go.
CONCLUSIONS AND AFTERTHOUGHTS
I'll have to admit, I thought aluminum cases were all hype and no practicality. For one, the weight of a case is not really a concern of mine. Once the computer components are installed in the case, the unit usually stays put for weeks on end and is only moved to add and/or replace a component or to do a fan cleaning (which everyone should do once a month). But on the other hand, the quality of Lian-Li's cases are quite surprising good and face it, they look awesome!! Add in the fact that this case has a removable motherboard tray (which is a must for hardware reviewers), a five bay removable harddrive rack, full rigid aluminum construction and a unique black and silver finish, and you have great product.
But, mind you, there are some drawbacks to this case. For one, you will have to install some additional fans somewhere in this case to improve the ventilation or you will find your case temperatures to be unacceptable after an hour or so of quake 3. Another problem is, although the case looks awesome and unique with it's black finish, you have to be very careful while moving and/or handling the case because it scratches VERY easily. Another drawback of the black finish is finding component's such as floppy and CD/DVD/CD-RW drives that are black. If you can't find them, or you can't afford the higher price for the black models, you'll have to break out a can of paint and do some painting. Mind you, the colour is the preference of the customer and if he/she can purchase the Lian-Li PC-68USB which is the silver sister of this case HERE.
When I boil everything down, this is a VERY high quality case with lots of options and would recommend it to anyone in the market whether it be the silver or the black model. In conclusion, I would like to send out my appreciation to my contact at Big008.com for providing Tweaknews.net with a sample of the LIAN-LI PC-86 to review for our great reading population.
-Space for seven harddrives
-Nice front switch to control the fan speeds
-Attractive Black & Silver Finish
-Slightly Expensive ($179.99USD)
-Ventilation needs to be improved
-Black computer components may be hard to find and expensive to match case colour.