Lian Li Shows Off Massive PC-A79 Full Tower

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 28, 2013 - 04:18 PM |
Tagged: Lian Li, Lian Li PC-A79, full tower, e-atx, XL-ATX, hptx, aluminum

Lian Li recently showed off a new full tower case -- clad in the company’s traditional brushed aluminum -- called the PC-A79. The PC-A79 measures 24.3” x 9” x 23.4” and offers up ample space for high end PC components.

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On the outside, the Lian Li PC-A79 is covered in dark brushed aluminum. It has two front case feet and two rear wheels to make transporting the system easier. The front of the case hosts 12 individually filtered mesh 5.25” bay covers. There are also two LEDs for power and HDD activity in the top right corner of the front panel. The bezel surrounding the bay covers can be removed with needing tools to allow for easy removal of the bay covers and hard drives (depending on which way you install the hard drive cages). The left side panel comes with two pre-installed 120mm fans. Interestingly, Lian Li has designed a connector and routed the fan wires such that the side panel can be removed without needing to worry about disconnecting the fans. Additionally, the top of the case has a filtered vent that can hold up to two 140mm fans (or a 280mm radiator). The fans get screwed into a bracket which in turn is screwed into the top panel, making installation a bit easier.

Front IO on the PC-A79 is hidden under a cover on the front edge of the top panel. IO options include two audio jacks, four USB 3.0 ports, and a single eSATA port.

Rear IO includes six water cooling grommets, a single 120mm exhaust fan, a bottom-mounted PSU, and 11 PCI slots. There is a filter for the bottom mounted power supply that can be removed from the side of the case which is a nice option to have.

Internally, the full tower supports motherboards up to HTPX, E-ATX and XL-ATX in size, graphics cards up to 350mm (13.78”) in length, and CPU coolers up to 165mm (5.7”) tall. The PC-A79 comes with three hard drive cages, each of which can hold three 3.5” hard drives and two 2.5” solid state drives. In addition to the drive cages, users can mount two 2.5” drives on the bottom of the case for a total of nine 3.5” drives and eight SSDs. The drives mount into the cages using brushed aluminum brackets that double as handles. The drives slide into the cages and are locked in place by a thumbscrew latch. The case features a removable motherboard tray with a large CPU cutout and eight rubber grommets that allow for routing cables behind the motherboard tray.

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The case supports up to seven total fans (not counting the PSU fan), including:

  • 2 x 120mm side panel fans
  • 3 x 120mm front panel fans (mounted on hard drive cages)
  • 2 x 120 or 140mm fans on top panel

The massive full tower case will be available in September with an MSRP of $389. While PC gamers may opt for more sylish cases, the Lian Li PC-A79 would be a good fit for workstation builds.

Source: Lian Li

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August 28, 2013 | 05:49 PM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

Lian Li. The world's most overrated case.

August 28, 2013 | 07:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


This case with the exception of the rear wheels looks like pretty much any other black rectangle out there. Nearly 400 bucks? That's just dumb.

People should just go cooler master cosmos if they need a huge case.

August 29, 2013 | 04:44 AM - Posted by tabuburn (not verified)

Traditional brushed aluminium? Finger print magnet right there.

August 29, 2013 | 12:33 PM - Posted by Terminashunator (not verified)

For nearly $400 why not get a Corsair 900D if you really need the space. It has a window and painted interior. And if you don't need the space, a 650D is perfect for an ATX build.

August 29, 2013 | 04:06 PM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

Overpriced for sure, but would make a great server case. Remove all the front slot covers and fill it up with SATA hot swap bays. Is Lian-Li still the only company left making cases with removable motherboard trays?

September 1, 2013 | 12:29 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

It sure seems that way, but Morry said on the Podcast that the Cooler Master HAF XB has a removable mobo tray.

August 30, 2013 | 05:13 PM - Posted by mLocke

The PC-D8000 is only $360 on Newegg.

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