Lian Li PC-M25: mATX Enclosure with 5 Hot-Swap HDD Bays

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2016 - 01:33 PM |
Tagged: small form-factor, SFF, PC-M25, micro tower, mATX, Lian Li, hot-swap, enclosure, case, aluminum case

The PC-M25 is Lian Li’s latest enclosure; a small micro-ATX tower with an emphasis on storage.

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“The PC-M25 includes a hot-swap HDD rack where users can conveniently install and remove up to five 3.5” drives with rubber suspension and without needing tools. The bottom HDD tray can mount an additional three 2.5” or two 3.5” drives. This makes a total of as many as seven 3.5” hard drives for advanced RAID storage applications.”

While a small form-factor design (all aluminum, of course), there is still room for a full system including long graphics cards and power supplies; though you’ll want a lower-profile CPU cooler as there is only 80 mm of clearance above the processor. Fans are included, with 140 mm intake and 120 mm exhaust pre-installed, though there is only a screen filter on the bottom intake (below the PSU).

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Specifications:

  • Model: PC-M25 A/ B
  • Case Type: Mini Tower Chassis
  • Color: Silver, Black
  • Material: Aluminum
  • M/B Type: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Expansion Slot: 4
  • Storage:
  • HDD rack: 3.5" HDD x5 (Hot-swap)
  • HDD tray: 2.5" HDD x3 or 3.5" HDD x2
  • System Fan (Front) 140mm Fan x1; System Fan (Top) 120mm Fan x1
  • I/O Ports: None
  • Maximum Compatibility
  • VGA Card length: 410mm
  • PSU length: 230mm 
  • CPU cooler height:80mm
  • PSU Type: ATX
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 199 x 322 x 441 mm (7.83 x 12.68 x 17.36 in)
  • Net Weight: 3.74 kg (8.25 lbs)

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Storage options for the PC-M25

The PC-M25 will be available this month with an MSRP of $169.

Source: Lian Li

February 9, 2016 | 01:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I bet Lian Neeson wants one of these.

February 9, 2016 | 01:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It doesn't look like the front intake is filtered, presuming air would be drawn in the vents on the side panels?

February 9, 2016 | 02:11 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

You're right. I'll correct it. Looks like there's just a filter on the bottom intake

February 9, 2016 | 01:55 PM - Posted by Crion (not verified)

I think Sebastian needs a proofreader.

February 9, 2016 | 02:05 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

Hey I wsa tuping fast

February 11, 2016 | 11:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Oops, there you go again, Sebastian, with your shilly, paid-for case reviews. /s

(lol)

February 9, 2016 | 04:11 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Cheers for updating it, only noticed after spending an afternoon at the office shopping around for a new Lian Li micro box (for home), curiously awaiting the Q34KMP, any new on that would be lovely...

February 9, 2016 | 04:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

News that is!

February 10, 2016 | 01:54 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

28.3L for those who are interested. This may be my home server case as I transition all my home machines to mATX.

February 11, 2016 | 12:22 PM - Posted by madhatter256 (not verified)

looks like it has the same problem as the itx version of the case where you need a small SATA power connector and upside down right-angle SATA cables for any 3.5" hdd connected at the bottom tray.

I have the problem where any standard connector will literally kink when you put the side panel back on when there is an HDD attached to the tray. I have to have them semi secured so that the cables don't bend too much.

Still, it's nice they bring this back but at a more common mATX form factor because ITX motherboards are not as popular as before and many more people have mATX powered servers.

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