Lian Li Releases PC-Q38 Chassis: Small and Versatile mITX Caseby Joe Shields on September 29, 2017 2:00 PM EST
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Lian-Li has announced their latest small form factor (SFF) chassis, the PC-Q38. Lian-Li calls the full aluminum, windowed Mini-ITX case one that focuses on performance per liter, offers liquid-cooling potential, and for those who find the PC-Q37 is too big for their needs. Outside of being smaller than the ITX supporting models surrounding it, the styling has changed. A single power button surrounded by a blue LED sits in the middle of the gray (or silver) brushed aluminum face The edges are rounded lending it to a more classic and subdued look.
The PC-Q38 looks the part of an HTPC and does not take over the room with a flashy appearance. Due to its moveable rubber-padded aluminum feet, it is able to be oriented both vertically, with the windowed panel to the left, or laid horizontal with the window on top. All panels, excluding the front and windowed panel, have long holes cut into them for ventilation purposes while all are easily removed for cleaning. Dust filters were not included, so more frequent cleanings may be required.
The front panel is located on the top (while standing up) and has two USB3.0 ports as well as 3.5mm front panel microphone and speaker plugs. Though many of the latest mITX motherboards will have USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) Type-C port on their back panel IO, I would have liked to see it on the PC-Q38’s front panel as well considering motherboards are offering front panel connections in the latest chipsets already.
Specifications show support for 2x 120mm fans up top and what looks to be another on the back. The top of the case is able to house up to a 240 x 120mm radiator, or if air cooling is the plan, a CPU cooler up to 145mm tall can fit. Graphics card support is up to (L)315mm x (D)142m (over 12.75” long); Enough room for most high-end GPUs. Users are able to mount three HDDs inside the case, two 2.5” and one 3.5”, which should be adequate for many users, particularly those using an M.2 drive. By default, the PC-Q38 requires a SFX based power supply up to 140mm. Lian-Li will offer an optional bracket in order to use the more common ATX form factor units. And with their footprint also coming down in size, options are available.
|Lian-Li PC-Q38 Mini-ITX Chassis|
|Case Type||Mini Chassis|
|Dimensions||(W)180mm x(H)295mm x(D)372mm|
|Color||Black / Silver|
|Front/Side Panel||Aluminum / (L/R) Acrylic|
|External Drive Bays||None|
|HDD/SSD Bays||1 x 3.5", 2 x 2.5"|
|System Fan (Optional)||2x 120mm(top)|
|I/O Ports||2x USB3.0, HD Audio|
|VGA Card Support||(L)315mm x (D)145mm|
|CPU Cooling Support||(H)140mm|
|PSU Support||SFX PSU,(L)140mm|
|Radiator Support||Top: 240mm x 120mm|
The Lian-Li PC-Q38 is available at Newegg for $109.99. The SFX to ATX PC-Q38-1 PSU kit will be available soon (price was not mentioned).
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BrokenCrayons - Friday, September 29, 2017 - link"...front panel connections in teh latest chipsets already."
Minor typo there with the word "teh" in that line.
feelingshorter - Friday, September 29, 2017 - linkThe text says "..a CPU cooler up to 145mm tall can fit" but the table says "(H)140mm" so which is it?
Drumsticks - Friday, September 29, 2017 - linkGetting smaller. Not a bad looking case, considering the radiator compatibility. One thought, by the way; is there any chance that a case's volume could be added to the spec sheet? It's a simple conversion to Literally, but it would make it easier to directly compare case sizes across many case reviews.
Wardrop - Friday, September 29, 2017 - linkI agree, if you could list "litres", that would be awesome.
jospoortvliet - Saturday, September 30, 2017 - linkThat would be interesting yes. Also to compare to the entropy case which I find more interesting to be honest.
meacupla - Friday, September 29, 2017 - linkIt might be mITX, but it's still 19.75L, which is on the larger side, as far as "mITX that can accept longer video cards" goes.
bill.rookard - Friday, September 29, 2017 - linkYeah, that's not small in the slightest. I built my own with a total internal volume of about 9.5L. Holds an ITX board, SFX PSU, dual slot GPU of about 12" long, and two 2.5 HDDs.
jospoortvliet - Saturday, September 30, 2017 - linkCheck the entropy out: https://bottlenext.com/ now that is 8+2 l but round. Very cool ;-)
Wardrop - Friday, September 29, 2017 - linkAttractive, but again, I haven't been impressed by Lian Li's density. With m.2 drives, no optical drive requirement, SFX PSU's, a case like this shouldn't be any more than 12 litres, but I suppose the decision to include space for a chunky radiator dictated the dimensions. Otherwise, an attractive case in my opinion. I'd happily have this sitting on my desk.
etamin - Friday, September 29, 2017 - linkLian Li has really fallen off in terms of market relevance with too many niche designs. They need to take a long hard look at Phanteks.