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Lian Li PC-C50A HTPC Case Review

As we have seen with almost all Lian Li cases we’ve looked at in the past, the front of the case consists of a single piece of aluminium which is broken only by the selection of front panel connections and the optical drive bezel.  This drive bezel lets you install any optical drive into the system without detracting from the aesthetic appeal of the case.

We find all the front panel connections along the bottom edge of the front of the case.  Lian Li have covered all bases, including three USB3.0 ports, an eSATA port, microphone and headphone jacks and an SD card reader.  These are accompanied on the right by the power and reset buttons.  Despite USB3.0 being present on quite a few motherboards at the moment, there aren’t many out there that support more than two ports.  So Lian Li include an adapter which lets you plug two of these into an internal USB2.0 header.

There are two 120mm fan vents on either side of the case although only those on the right side are populated by any fans.  At first it appears as if you could mount two further fans in the left hand side but there is actually only room for one.  This is because the second vent on the left side simply acts as extra ventilation for the power supply.  For those who want to boost airflow further, there is an additional 120mm fan vent in the roof of the case directly above the CPU socket.

Moving round to the rear of the case, we can see how Lian Li have compromised in some areas to maintain a compact form for the case.  There is only a small rear exhaust vent which isn’t populated by a fan – and as far as we can see there isn’t any easy way of attaching a fan to it.  On the far right of the back panel there is a large cutout for a full-size ATX power supply which is a great feature for a HTPC.  Along the top edge of the back there are two thumbscrews which secure the top panel in place.

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