Customized Lian-Li PC-12 Case Review
Features and Mods
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.In this section, we will show you many of the Great features built into the Lian-Li Aluminum Mid-Tower Case as well as the modifications made by DesignComp. There are multiple reasons to mod a case, for good looks, to add your personal touches and then there are modifications that enhance the cases cooling properties.
We’ll show you one of these to start off with, the picture shows the bottom third of the cases front bezel, please note that you can see through the little holes. This is a simple but yet, very effective modification. As delivered from the factory those holes are blocked for the most part by plastic and the case would get most of its intake air from an opening in the bottom of the bezel. After seeing this, I drilled out the holes in my Lian-Li PC-10 case with a net result that my system temp is no more than .5 to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit above room temperature. Take a good look at your case, a simple modification like this one could work wonders for your air flow. OK, time to move on!!!
This picture shows the front of the Lian-Li case with the bezel removed. Each one of the bay plates is secured in position by two plastic pins, some people like to remove all of the bay plates, I only remove the plates from the bays I intend to use. By leaving the plates in position of unused bays helps the frame to maintain rigidity (at least I think so). Another feature to notice is the 3.5” drive rack, it’s held in position by three thumb screws, the bay can then removed from the case for the installation of 3.5”drives.
At the bottom of the case is the plastic frame that holds a foam filter that can be easily removed for cleaning. Behind the frame is an open area that houses two 80mm fans for air intake.
Just above the filter frame on the right you’ll notice a 3 position switch labeled 1, 2 and 3 as pictured here. What does it do?? It allows you to change the voltage supplied to the two intake fans 1 being High (12 volts) 2 being Medium (9.8 volts) and 3 being Low (7.5 volts). By changing these settings you can raise or lower the voltage that in turn changes the speed that fans turn and changes the noise level produced by the fans. If you require maximum air intake set it to 1, medium intake set it to 2 and set it for 3 for minimal intake.
On the inside of the case opposite the switch, is the little circuit board that makes all this possible. Please note the two three pin fan connectors. This set up does not offer the opportunity for monitoring the fans RPM, but the principle is much like that employed in Fan Buses/Bay Buses. Just another one of the built in features that help make the Lian-Li Aluminum case so unique!!
It’s now time to examine interior of this fantastic case and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that there are NO sharp edges anywhere on this case that would cause you to spill your blood. Please note the plastic piping around the edge of the 5.25” bay rack and also on the edge of the 3.5” bay rack, a real touch of class.
You can see the removable hard drive rack that sit raised in front of the intake fans that make hard drivers coolers unnecessary. If you look real hard, you can just about see one of the real neat features that I have not found in any other case. It’s the split power harness; you can just about make out the connector in the middle of it.
In this picture you have the removable motherboard tray fully loaded and ready for installation into the case. Notice the wiring harness at the right bottom of the motherboard. This neat little feature means that you no longer have to remove the connectors from the motherboard every time you take it out to work on and you know what a pain it is to reconnect them with the motherboard tray half into the case.