Although Lian Li gets a lot of press for its more exotic cases—from the "twisted" TYR PC-X500 to the Linksys-like PC-888—the company also produces more utilitarian enclosures. The freshly announced PC-A06F seems to fit in that category, because it has a shrunken mid-tower form factor and a sober, minimalist design.
This new aluminum case is only around 15 inches (37.5 cm) tall, so Lian Li made room for full-sized ATX motherboards by positioning the power supply over the CPU area. Still, the PC-A06F is quite deep and includes a side-mounted 3.5-inch cage with room for three hard drives. Lian Li has also squeezed in four 5.25" drive bays, but those are mounted conventionally.
Lian Li has tried to keep things quiet, as well, setting the 140mm front fan at just 900 RPM and the top 120mm fan at 1,000 RPM. The press release describes the hard drive cage as "anti-vibration," and it says the case even has clips to "prevent side panel vibration." Incidentally, the power/reset buttons and "front" I/O ports are at the top—perhaps an artifact of the reduced vertical space.
That said, don't be fooled by the small form factor and sober design: this case isn't cheap. Lian Li quotes a suggested retail price of $100, and that's without a power supply.
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