Lian Li are the original elegant PC case company and continue to stick to their guns when it comes to their case design philosophy. This can be very frustrating when their new cases look the same as all their others; however, you can never deny how well designed in function their cases can be. Lian Li’s new PC-10N brings two interesting innovations to the table.
The Lian Li PC-10N two distinct features are the side mounted 240 mm radiator support and rail motherboard tray. The 100% aluminum case is both light and sturdy so there is no need to worry about your 240 mm radiator falling. The side mounting system is on a hinge to allow easy access to the interior and bolts to the front 5.25″ bay for use. The side mount can also be used with one or two 120 mm fans instead for additional airflow.
The complement to this is the railing mount motherboard tray which Lian Li has used in a few of its other cases. It removes all unnecessary metal from the motherboard tray which minimizes cost, weight, and case clutter. You can still guide your interior cables through the rails for neat cable management. The additional airflow behind the motherboard also assists somewhat in passive cooling.
The PC-10N will be available on NewEgg for the MSRP of $129.99 US which is an incredible price for a 100% aluminum chassis of this quality. There is also plenty of Lian Li signature features including removable drive trays, tool-less design features, rounded grill covers, etc. We’ve posted their official video walk through below and the full press release below that.
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Lian Li Releases the PC-10N Mid Tower Chassis in North America
Side Mounted Radiator Support and Railing Motherboard Tray Design
24 September 2013 – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today releases a new brushed aluminum mid tower chassis with side mounted radiator support, PC-10N, in North America. Besides allowing for a 240 mm radiator to be placed on a hinged bracket, the PC-10N forgoes the traditional motherboard tray, and instead implements a railing mount design for increased thermal performance and better cable management.
Side Mounted 240 mm Radiator Support
A hinged bracket directly across the CPU allows DIY builders to install a 240 mm radiator in the PC-10N. The bracket secured by thumbscrews can be swung open on its hinge to allow for easy access of the internal components.
Railing Mount Motherboard Tray
Lian Li’s railing mount technology greatly improves airflow under the motherboard, helping systems run cooler. This design replaces the traditional solid motherboard tray which can block airflow and adds to system weight and cost. The railing system also provides better routing options for internal wiring and cables, reducing clutter, improving system appearance and further improving airflow.
Tool-Less Hard Drive Installation
Hard drives can be toollessly installed in the PC-10N. The six 3.5” drives and one 2.5” drive are secured in the two HDD cages by quick-access thumbscrews with rubber suspensions to greatly reduce irritating noise and vibrations. An additional 2.5” can be installed using four standard screws. Additionally, the top HDD cage can be removed toollessly allowing for increased airflow and more space for longer expansion cards.
Two 120 mm fans with air filters located in the front of the chassis pull in cool air. Once the front bezel is toollessly popped off, the front fans can be effortlessly removed. The rear 120 mm exhaust fan pulls hot air out of the chassis, and an additional 120 mm fan can be installed in the top panel.
VGA cards up to 300 mm (11.81”) in length can fit in the PC-10N when the top HDD cage is not removed, and 430 mm (16.9”) when the cage is. CPU coolers up to 155 mm are supported.
The Lian Li PC-10N also supports power supplies up to 300 mm (11.81 inches). Ventilation slits underneath the PSU, with a removable pull-out air filter, help increase the life and performance of the power supply and system.
The front I/O panel is stylishly placed on an angle on the right side of the front panel and contains two USB 3.0 ports and HD audio connections.
The PC-10N is available in two color options: silver (PC-10NA) and black (PC-10NB).
Price and Availability
The PC-10N will be available on Newegg for the suggested retail price of $129.99.