Lian Li has teamed up with Asus to make the all-aluminum "Republic of Gamers-certified" PC-Q17 WX Mini-ITX case. The PC-Q17WX has an intriguing liquid-cooler mounting approach, which we'll look at in a sec. For now, admire the angular aluminum and tempered-glass exterior:
The PC-Q17 WX measures 10.9" high by 7.9" wide by 16" deep (276 mm x 201 mm x 407 mm), and weighs 5.7 pounds (2.6 kg). To make room for powerful hardware and bigger coolers, the power supply (either ATX or SFX) mounts at the front of the case, behind the illuminated ROG logo. A total of three 3.5" or five 2.5" internal drive bays are available, and the front panel has an opening for slot-loading optical drives. That bay can also be used for another 2.5" or 3.5" drive instead. The case can swallow graphics cards up to 10.6" (270mm) long, and CPU air coolers up to 5.5" (140 mm) high.
Builders can also bypass tower-style coolers entirely and go with liquid cooling. The PC-Q17 WX's unusual design puts fans and radiators on the top panel, outside the case. Two holes are cut into the top panel for radiator hoses, and it appears that the rear panel comes off for radiator installation. The top mounts support 120-mm and 240-mm radiators. Pricing and availability info isn't available yet.
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