A selection of parts
AMD is without a doubt going through some very tough times with massive personnel issues as well as some problems with products and profitability. But that doesn’t mean the current product line from AMD is without merit and that you can’t build a great system for various environments, including those users looking for a mainstream and small form factor gaming and home theater PC.
While preparing for Quakecon 2012 we needed to build a system to take on the road for some minor editing and presentation control purposes. We wanted the PC to be small and compact, yet still powerful enough to take on some basic computing and gaming tasks. I happen to have some AMD Llano APUs in the office and thought they would fit perfectly.
If you are on the hunt for a small PC that can do some modest gaming and serve as an HTPC, then you might find our build here interesting. And while it isn't nearly as exciting as building a Llano PC while blindfolded - it's pretty close.
Case: Lian-Li PC-Q08B
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2012 - 04:33 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thin itx, mini ITX, Lian Li PC-Q05, Lian Li, case, aluminum
Lian Li, a case maker specializing in sleek brushed aluminum computer cases showed off (video link) several cases at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few months ago. One of the cases they touted was an extremely thin aluminum case that conforms to Intel's Thin Mini-ITX form factor. The super small case employs indirect cooling much like that found in laptops and utilizes Mini-ITX motherboards that use laptop style ram. As far as physical dimensions, the chassis measures 284 mm (W) x 47 mm (H) x 307 mm (D) according to the product page.
The silver version PC-Q05 Chassis
The new product page further details that the aluminum case has a gross weight of only 1.5 KG (about 3.3 lbs) and, in addition to housing the Mini-ITX motherboard, will hold up to two 2.5" hard drives (or SSDs). The skinny case will further be available in either silver or black colors. The front of the case is a curved piece of brushed aluminum interrupted by two status LEDs on the right of the panel (but no drive bays or buttons to speak of). The right side of the case houses the power button, and the sides and bottom of the case contain plenty of ventilation holes.
A top down view of the internals
I have to say that this PC-Q05 case would make for a sexy home theater PC (especially the black brushed aluminum case), though the case is certainly going to limit the amount of hardware you can have at your fingertips. Unfortunately, there is no word yet on pricing or availability.
Subject: Systems | February 29, 2012 - 01:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: htpc, Lian Li, Lian Li PC-Q25
Lian Li's PC-Q25 has a look to it that mimics other HTPCs but adds a few interesting tweaks to the basic block design other cases sport. At 199mm x 280mm x 366mm it will only fit mATX or mDTX motherboards but it is long enough to handle graphics cards up to 12.5" in length. The brushed aluminium exterior is meant to be shown off, not hidden with other components and could be a nice addition to any room devoted to entertainment. Missing Remote was a little disappointed that even though the case can accomodate two decent sized graphics cards it cannot handle a long PSU. Apart from that they like what Lian Li is doing.
"The Fractal Design Array R2 chassis instantly recalled for us the decidedly niche, but incredibly functional, cube-style cases popular a few years ago. which were incredibly niche but very functional. The R2 was flexible, silent and sleek in a very limited amount of space. The Lian Li PC-Q25 chassis shares many of the same appealing traits, but goes for a taller design in a similar footprint. This allows it some interesting arrangements inside and allows for even more internal storage options. As a small form factor case there are always trade-offs to be made, and the omission of an optical drive space is just one of them. With some very attractive features in a small form factor cube-like chassis, the Lian Li PC-Q25 has a lot to offer a variety of consumers, which we will examine closer."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Patriot Memory PBO Alpine Media Player @ [H]ard|OCP
- AC Ryan Playon!HD Mini 2 Full HD Network Media Streamer Review @ Madshrimps
- Noontec A9 Smart TV Box Review @ eTeknix
- Noontec A9 Android Smart TV Box Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX HTPC Case @MissingRemote
- VooMote Zapper Universal Remote for the iPod/iPhone/iPad Review @ MissingRemote
- Lian Li PC-90 HPTX Chassis Review @ MissingRemote
- Pulse-Eight USB CEC Adapter @ AnandTech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 20, 2011 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Lian Li PC-P90, hammer, Lian Li
The Lian Li PC-P90, also known as the Hammer, is a vertically challenged HPTX case. An HPTX case is a rare bird, but is used in server builds as well as anyone wanting the Extreme Machine from the HWLB as the EVGA SR-2 happens to be an HPTX board. At 230mm (0") by 512mm (20") x 489mm (19") the Hammer is a little shorter than most case that support board of this form factor but Lian Li has managed to pull it off, as well as leaving space for 10 expansion slots and up to a dozen 3.5" disk drives. TechPowerUp was very disappointed with the fact that the expansion slots on the back of the enclosure did not match the SR-2's slots, but did find some nice things to say about it.
"HPTX cases are usually so tall that they do not fit under a normal desk. Lian Li - the company who first offered such a chassis - has managed to shrink things down to mid tower size while still offering HPTX compatibility and the ability to install up to 12 hard drives. We rip the case apart to see how everything is suppose to fit in such cramped spaces."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Arc Midi Case Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Thermaltake Armor A30 Micro ATX Gaming Case Review @ Tweaknews
- BitFenix Shinobi Case Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T @ Hardwareoverclock
- BitFenix Merc Alpha @ Overclock3D
- Diablotek Legend Mid Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers
- Fractal Design Array R2 Mini-ITX Chassis Review @MissingRemote
- In-Win BUC Midi Tower PC Case Review @ Real World Labs
- Cooler Master Enforcer Review @ Tech-Reviews
- ian Li PC-Q25 Mini-Q SFF Chassis @ Tweaktown
- BitFenix Shinobi Case @ Kitguru
- Akasa Venom Voodoo CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- SilenX Effizio 80mm and 140mm Fan Review @ OCC
- Ultra Products U12-40659 Carbon X4 Fan Power Cable Mod / Fix @ Frostytech
- NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler @ TechwareLabs
- Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro Heatsink @ Frostytech
- Thermaltake Frio OCK & Jing CPU Coolers Review @ Techgage
- Corsair Hydro Series H100 Review @ OCC