Lian Li has teamed up with ASUS’ ROG division and together they’ve created a unique and great looking Mini-ITX chassis. The new Lian Li case is dubbed the PC-Q17 and is designed to go well with the ROG Maximus Impact line of premium mini-ITX motherboards.
The small chassis has just as a unique shape on the outside as it has on the inside. The side panel is basically just one large piece of tempered glass while the rest of the case comes in Lian Li’s trademark aluminium with a brushed front. You’ll find two USB 3.0 port and audio jacks at the bottom of the case and not on the top as usual and that is because that’s where you can mount a slot-in optical drive and make it pop the disks directly up.
The top-mounted drive bay doesn’t just work for optical disk drives, it also works for 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch hard disk drives and solid state drives. Very few people still want to retain the optical drive, but most people would probably rather use it for a normal storage drive. The place behind the ODD bay is designated for the power supply and that also explains why the bay is upwards. The PC-Q17 uses a default ATX power supply that can be up to 150mm long.
Speaking of storage, there are plenty of options to put your 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch storage drives in this tiny Lian Li PC-Q17 chassis. You can mount two 3.5-inch drives at the bottom of the chassis, two 2.5-inch drives on the side of the PSU and one 2.5-inch on the bottom of it.
The motherboard tray has a large cut-out for easy assembly and maintenance. There is clearance for GPUs with a length up to 270mm and CPU coolers up to 140mm. These are values that you should watch carefully when building in a case like this. Nothing worse than ordering a fancy GTX 980 Ti card, only to find out that it doesn’t fit into the chassis.
There isn’t much room left on the insides for liquid cooling, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible. The top panel can take up to 240mm radiator that will be mounted on the outside of the chassis. A clever design also allows AIO coolers to be used, just remove the top plate and the tubing can be passed through.
The Lian Li ROG chassis measures just 201 mm x 407 mm x 276 mm (WxDxH) and weights 2.7 kg empty. Pricing and availability weren’t announced at this time.
Thank You TechPowerUp for providing us with this information