Lian-Li PC-O11 chassis is big and beautiful


— 4:30 PM on February 8, 2017

I was pretty interested in that Lian-Li PC-O10 tempered-glass case until I realized it required an SFX power supply. I didn't tell the company, but apparently somebody did, because Lian-Li just released the PC-O11. This dual-chambered tempered-glass tower case is almost a copy of the O10, just wider and deeper. The PC-O11 is huge, and Lian-Li goes so far as to call it "titanic."  As a result, it will accept standard ATX power supplies and motherboards up to E-ATX size.

Like its predecessors in Lian Li's PC-O line, the PC-O11 encloses the motherboard and graphics cards in a tempered-glass cage, while a separate aluminum-encased compartment holds the power supply, drives, and wiring. Despite the dual-chambered design, the case has more-or-less standard tower dimensions at 20" x 18"x 11" (or 50.6 cm x 45.7 cm x 27.7 cm) The case has no external drive bays, though its front panel sports a USB 3.1 Type-C connector along the usual audio and USB 3.0 ports.

There's plenty of room for drives inside. Builders can mount up to four 3.5" HDDs and four 2.5" drives in the PC-O11. The case has a total of eight expansion slots openings to properly support the E-ATX form factor. Builders with a penchant for vanity can opt to sacrifice the last four slots and use an optional riser-and-bracket kit to mount a graphics card parallel to the motherboard.

Cooling shouldn't be much of a problem in the O11. The case doesn't come with any fans, but builders can attach a 360-mm radiator to the top and bottom of the case. Additionally, Lian-Li includes a removable bracket to mount a 360-mm radiator in the front of the case behind the tempered-glass panel. Of course, any of the radiator mounts can instead accept a trio of 120-mm fans. Unusually, the rear panel of the case only has mounts for 80-mm fans.

Those who like big glass sheets can grab the PC-O11 in from Newegg for $230 in a black finish.

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