Lian Li Introduces PC-18 Aluminum Mid-Tower Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 15, 2015 - 09:46 PM |
Tagged: PC-18, mid-tower, Lian Li, enclosure, case, aluminum case

Lian Li has announced a new mid-tower enclosure for the North American market, and the PC-18 has a decidedly retro style.

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Dual 5.25-inch external optical drive bays? Boxy styling? Bare metal interior? The hallmarks of a 1990's case are here with Lian Li's new PC-18 mid-tower, but there is an interesting addition to a classic design with a hinged radiator bracket in the center of the enclosure.

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The PC-18 uses this bracket to support up to 360 mm long radiators, though for a CPU I can see how the installation process for a self-contained system (depending on hose length) might be a bit tricky considering the hinge is on the right side, and closing the bracket blocks access to the CPU.

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No rear exhaust fan opening? Retro.

For a GPU, on the other hand, I could see how the bracket's central positioning and hinged mount would make installing a card like AMD's Fury X really convenient.

Here are the full specs:

  • Model: PC-18 A/B
  • Case Type: Mid Tower Chassis
  • Color: Black or Silver
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Expansion Slot:    7
  • MB Type: ATX, Micro-ATX
  • External drive bays: 2x 5.25"
  • Internal drive bays: (HDD bay) 3.5" HDD x3, 2.5" HDD x1; (Remove HDD rack) 3.5" HDD x2 or 3.5"/2.5" HDD x1
  • System Fans: (Front) 120mm x2; (Top) 140mm x1; (Side) 120mm x3 or 140mm x2
  • I/O Ports: USB 3.0 x2, HD Audio
  • PSU Type: ATX PSU
  • Maximum VGA Card length: 285 mm (410 mm with HDD bay removed)
  • CPU cooler height: 160mm
  • PSU length: 160mm
  • Dimensions: (W) 210mm (H) 452mm (D )490mm
  • Net Weight: 5kg

The Lian Li PC-18 carries an MSRP of $149.99 and availability is listed as "coming soon".

Source: Lian Li

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October 16, 2015 | 06:19 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

After the truly GORGEOUS Q21, they shit this FUGLY garbage out...I seriously don't understand Lian Li sometimes.

October 16, 2015 | 08:57 AM - Posted by Epicman (not verified)

150 USD and a PSU on top? Really?

October 16, 2015 | 10:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

But does it come in beige?
I will gladly buy it if it does. Might make a great "sleeper" PC

October 16, 2015 | 11:39 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why are the other three fucking morons here bitching about how "ugly" it is? It's an unobtrusive and functional style. It's not a purse. It doesn't need faggoty plastic edgy shit all over it. Your PC isn't gonna look any cooler if you tart it up like a neon bathhouse.

October 16, 2015 | 01:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I think it has something to do with Lian Li's reputation for aesthetics?

October 16, 2015 | 02:38 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Why your lamer scrub ass hasn't been moderated yet?

October 29, 2015 | 04:52 AM - Posted by Lian Li (not verified)

This case.... Love it or leave it I guess.

I have been building in it, and have a 240 and 360 AIO from EKWB (so think!) inside. It is a nice, simple, useful case. Its a worker, not a show case. You want show, go with the O cases.

November 9, 2015 | 01:19 AM - Posted by Lian Li (not verified)

Darn it, I can't quite get the EKWB 2 and 3x predators inside :( So close. I guess the 360 with the R9 Nano block will do. Darn it :)

What a nice easy case to work in. Not v33 easy, but close and much nicer for water. I may have to custom loop now that Lian Li has a block.

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