Lian-Li releases PC-Q39 Tempered Glass Mini-ITX Towerby Joe Shields on August 18, 2017 8:00 AM EST
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On Tuesday, Lian-Li announced a new Mini-ITX Tower chassis with its PC-Q39. A progression from the PC-Q37 case, the PC-Q39 is a bit larger and can now house an ATX form factor PSU, up to 2x120mm radiator, and a triple slot graphics card. The outside of the chassis uses tempered glass on the side with an updated aluminum front panel giving it a high-end look many are after.
Like its predecessor, the PC-Q39 maintains a dual chamber design separating the motherboard, video card, and heatsink/radiator from the HDD/SSD and power supply. Lian-Li strategically placed dedicated grommets for liquid cooling tubes at the top and bottom of the motherboard tray. Along with five other holes, there are plenty of places to route tubing for the reservoir and pumps, as well as other wiring in the wider second chamber. This setup can make for a much cleaner look and allows for less obstructed airflow in the main chamber. The front panel, located on top of the Q39 (was on the front of the Q37), has been modernized to include a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connector, as well as two USB3.0 ports.
The PC-Q39’s additional size, 15mm wider, allows it to use the more familiar ATX form factor for PSUs, up to 160mm in length. The second compartment also contains a tool-less drive rack holding two 3.5” and one 2.5” drive. Two additional spaces for 2.5” drives are found in the back and on the motherboard tray, for a total of three 2.5” drives.
At the top of the chassis, there is room for two 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator. Additionally, there is space on the bottom of the case for two 120mm fans or a single 140 mm fan for increased airflow in the main chamber. All fan mount points come with a magnetically attached dust filter to slow the buildup of dust inside the case. There are three expansion slots for PCIe devices allowing owners to use video cards with a triple slot cooler and up to 300mm in length. Working in the small case shouldn't be an issue due to the front, top, and side panels all being removable.
Below is a complete specifications table:
|Lian-Li PC-Q39 Mini-ITX Chassis|
|Case Type||Mini Tower Chassis|
|Dimensions||(W)252mm x(H)348mm x(D)346mm|
|Front/Side Panel||Aluminum / (L) Tempered Glass, (R) Aluminum|
|External Drive Bays||None|
|HDD/SSD Bays||2x 3.5", 3x 2.5"|
|System Fan (Optional)||2x 120mm(top), 2x 120mm or 1x 140mm(bottom)|
|I/O Ports||2x USB3.0, 1x USB3.1 Type-C, HD Audio|
|VGA Card Support||(L)300mm x (D)60mm|
|CPU Cooling Support||(H)120mm|
|PSU Support||ATX PSU,(L)160mm|
|Radiator Support||Top: 240mm x 80mm x 120mm|
The PC-Q39 is available now at newegg.com for $209.99.
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romrunning - Friday, August 18, 2017 - linkGood to see USB 3.1 Type-C ports being added to cases. For this case, I wish there was an option to have the ports on the side instead of on the top of the case where the dust settles.
Glock24 - Friday, August 18, 2017 - linkWith that size it could hold a mATX motherboard. Why use mini-ITX is such a big case?
HomeworldFound - Friday, August 18, 2017 - linkExtra space for wire managements and drives, comfortable space for the cooling system. Full size power supply support. It's a comfort build instead of a cram everything in the smallest space you possibly can build.
Samus - Friday, August 18, 2017 - linkA lot of it comes down to cooling. My FT03-mini, one of the smallest ITX cases that accepts a full-length video card, is incredibly challenging to cool and is engineered for liquid cooling and requires a video card with a blower.
Lian-Li left themselves a bit of expansion room going with a standard ATX case (not requiring an expensive SFX design that caps out around 600w - limiting what video card you can use in a powerful system) and having more volume for an air cooler (in the event you want to use liquid cooling for the video card - which is more effective than liquid cooling a CPU with half the TDP)
Vatharian - Friday, August 18, 2017 - linkUgh, these slots are ugly! And, most importantly, a dust coven. At least it's noce for Lian-Li to actually start painting insides of their cases. And nice interior. I wish there was one additional cable hole at the very top of the divider, that way EPS cable could be hidden all the way in the back.
Samus - Friday, August 18, 2017 - linkLian-Li always screws up the styling. They used to be beautiful but I can't even take them seriously anymore. I've seen more attractive cases from BitFenix. Lian-Li, obviously, are substantially better quality, but they don't look premium to me anymore.
Hurr Durr - Friday, August 18, 2017 - linkDust coven would be a sick name for some nu-punk group.
Daniel Egger - Friday, August 18, 2017 - linkGlas, because cases aren't heavy enough as is? I'm curious as to when they'll offer a new living room compatible case, the one I have feels a bit dated...
just4U - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - link(...sigh)
I know Lian-Li reads these damn posts and I've suggested this before.. It's literally a no brainer. Take your PC-60 old design. Shorten it for smaller form factors, fatten it to accommodate 120mm/140mm fans. Sell 10s of 1000s. It's a tried and true design with a true removable Motherboard tray. Looks awesome in any setting. Easy to mod. and speaks of quality. The (censored) your bringing out doesn't make sense.
I know lots of people with those old cases still being used today. Why? Because you've never brought out anything remotely comparable.. especially for smaller form factors.
Hxx - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - linkI feel like you need to struggle to make an uglier case than this. All those features, TG , SFF Aluminum and that front grill.. Jesus give these guys an design artist or somebody who can help them make nice looking cases.