Lian Li PC-7F Case Review

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Introduction (Cont’d)

This case comes with a 140 mm fan rotating at 900 rpm and glowing blue when turned on installed on the front panel featuring a washable dust filter, which is an excellent feature to have. You need, however, to remove the front panel to have access to this filter. This fan is positioned right in front of the hard disk drive cage, as we will show you later.

Lian Li PC-7F CaseFigure 4: Front 140 mm fan and washable dust filter.

All fans from this case use a motherboard three-pin connector, allowing you to connect them directly to your motherboard and thus monitor their speed. They also come with adapters to install them directly to the power supply. No speed control feature is provided.

The small panel containing the audio and USB connectors is located on the top of the case and are protected by a cover. This case provides one FireWire port, but the FireWire and the two USB ports are too close to each other, preventing you from installing two “fat” USB devices at the same time. The addition of one eSATA port would be nice.

Lian Li PC-7F CaseFigure 5: Available connectors.

The rear panel from PC-7F can be seen in Figure 6. The power supply must be installed on the lower section of the case. This case has seven expansion slots, one 120 mm fan on the rear and two holes for the hoses of an external water cooling solution, which use rubber covers to protect them, so you won’t need to drill or break anything on this case if you want to have such solution.

Lian Li PC-7F CaseFigure 6: Rear panel.

The side panels are fastened to the case using thumbscrews, which is always nice. The left panel has a hook for adding a padlock or a seal (like a warranty seal).

Now let’s take a look inside PC-7F.

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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