Lian Li's PC-M25 microATX case can hold seven drives


— 3:56 PM on January 28, 2016

Aluminum crafting experts Lian Li seem to have a small case for every taste. The company's PC-M25 enclosure looks geared towards mini-server or NAS builds.

The PC-M25 can accept either microATX or Mini-ITX motherboards. Its main claim to fame, however, is its five-bay, 3.5" hot-swap drive rack. Mounting drives on this rack requires no tools, and the assembly mechanism secures the drives with rubber mounts, potentially cutting down on noise and vibration. Should five drives still not be enough, storage addicts can install another two 3.5" spinners on a secondary drive cage, or three 2.5" devices.

The PC-M25's interior can also accept graphics cards as long as 16.1" (or 41 cm), and standard ATX PSUs up to 9.1" long (23 cm). For cooling, the PC-M25 comes with a 140-mm fan at the front, and exhausts air through a 120-mm fan mounted on the case's roof. CPU cooler height is limited to 3.15" (80 mm), still respectable considering how much you can cram into this small package.

The whole enclosure measures 7.8" by 12.7" by 17.4", giving it a total volume of 28.3 liters. Since the case is built out of aluminum, it weighs only 8.2 lbs (or 3.7 kg). Lian Li has not announced official US pricing, but it says the PC-M25 will sell for 160€ in Europe, which is a little over $170 at the current exchange rate. The case is available in either silver or "black" (dark grey) finishes.

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