Lian-Li continues its Mini-ITX onslaught with the PC-Q10WX


Lian-Li is certainly betting big on small. Hot on the heels of the PC-Q21 and the PC-Q17WX, the company has added another Mini-ITX case to its arsenal. Meet the PC-Q10WX.

This diminutive aluminum chassis measures 8.2" wide x 10.9" tall x 14" long  (or 207mm x 277mm x 355mm) and weighs only 2.3 kg. It can still swallow 5.9" (150 mm)-deep ATX PSUs and dual slot graphics cards up to 10.6" (270 mm) long. Likewise, you won't be very limited when it comes to choosing a CPU cooler, as you can install an HSF as tall as 5.5" (140 mm)—or at least that's not limited for a Mini-ITX case.

The stars of the show, however, are the transparent acrylic side panel and provisions for radiators up to 240 mm long. Those radiators can be fitted atop the case, and on the inside, the rear 120 mm fan exhaust can be replaced with a radiator of equal size if you so choose. Two 120-mm fans can also be installed outside the case under the bottom panel. We have to question Lian-Li's insistence that  being able to put radiators on the outside of the case equals "compatibility," since that exposed position could result in bent fins or bloody fingers if the case fans are installed on top, too. 

When it comes to storage, the PC-Q10WX doesn't disappoint. Two 3.5" or three 2.5" drives (or a combination thereof) can be mounted on the bottom of the case, and the 5.25" bay can take either a slim optical drive or another 3.5" or 2.5" drive. Lian-Li says the case will list for $119, and it should be available soon.

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