Lian Li PC-P80N Full Tower/HPTX Chassis – External
The PC-P80N is a full tower case and is available in Black only at this time. The case uses an all-aluminium design which keeps weight to a minimum and it measures 220x633x610mm (wxhxd) and the front of the case is a lockable door which features perforations from top to bottom, allowing air to pass into the case.
After opening the front door of the case we can see that the main surface is split into several sections. At the top these start with three 5.25" optical drive bays, beneath this is a door which swings open to reveal two hard drive cages which can be removed through this front section, each accommodating three 3.5" devices. Beneath these is a third cage which supports a further four drives along with two 2.5" devices.
Also visible in the above images are the three 14cm intake fans which sit on the back of the door, pre wired to use a single cable which passes into the main body of the case at the bottom corner. These fans all have dust filters which can be pulled out the top of the door and we can also see the grey noise reduction strips which run down the sides of the door which can be changed to open from the opposite side if required.
At the front of the top surface on the P80N we find a sloped area which features the power and reset buttons. These sit above a flap which opens to reveal the front panel connectivity, eSATA, USB 3.0 (x4) and 3.5mm audio in/out. Just below these, inside the door area we find the power and drive status LEDs as well as a fan controller which can vary the speed of five fans from 60-100%.
Further back on the top surface we have a large removable cover which sits above the top exhaust area, populated by 2x 14cm fans as standard.
Turning round to the back of the case we find a layout which is reasonably standard. At the top are four holes with rubber covers which allow us to pass water-cooling tubes, or USB cabling in/out of the chassis. Beneath this is a 12cm fan, covered by a grill and to the left our motherboard IO area.
Further down are 11 vented expansion slots and beneath these is the PSU location. Various perforated sections are also dotted around the back surface to maximise airflow out of the case.
The PC-P80N has two brushed aluminium side panels, painted black, which slide on and are secured by a thumbscrew at the top, middle and bottom.
At the base of the case are four feet that lift the chassis off the floor. Another perforated section is located beneath the PSU location and this is dust filtered.
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