Lian Li PC-7HX Chassis
|Lian Li PC-7HX Chassis|
|Close Look Inside|
|Lian Li PC-7HX Installation|
|Conclusion and Final Thoughts|
Today we have a brand new product from Lian Li on our bench - the Lian Li PC-7HX mid-tower case. Lian Li is a well-known manufacturer of pc components like: PC chassis, power supplies, storage (HDD enclosures) and some laptop accessories. They focus on making high quality products, not just more of the same old steel and plastic that everyone else makes.
The Lian Li PC-7HX arrived in your standard cardboard box with minimal graphics on it. The first thing I noticed was how light it was. It only weighs 5Kg (that’s just a little over 11lbs in the US). The Lian Li PC-7HX is constructed from Aluminum, not steel like other cases out there. Once you open it, you find that the case is packed as you would expect. It is in some Styrofoam that is covered by a plastic bag. After removing it from all its protective coverings we can see that it arrived it perfect condition. The Lian Li PC-7HX comes in three variations: black, black with black interior and silver.
The Lian Li PC-7HX is plain. It has very clean lines and is not all chopped up like some other mid-tower cases out there. The outside of the PC-7HX is done in a black brushed Aluminum. Starting with the front it has 3x 5.25” optical drive bays and an intake fan area. It also has two LEDs in the top right corner for power and HDD activity. The top has your standard buttons; the main power button, a reset button and a little door that covers the front I/O panel. The front I/O panel has a 2x USB3.0 ports, a headphone jack and a microphone jack. The top does not have any openings for exhausting hot air from the case like other cases, but it does have two covered openings for an accessory kit to mount a 240mm radiator with 2x120mm fans.
The left side has a meshed area for mounting an optional140mm fan and the right side panel is solid. The rear of the PC-7HX has the standard motherboard I/O panel opening along with 8 expansion slots. It also has a 120mm exhaust fan that has a wire guard on it. This is something you just don't see in most mid-tower cases, but I have come to expect from Lian Li. The rear also has two aperture openings for installing water cooling and an opening for the bottom mounted power supply. The bottom of the Lian Li PC-7HX has four large rubber feet for it to rest on along with a removable intake filter for the power supply intake.
On the next page we'll take a closer look inside.