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The PC-A76X isn't just a premium enclosure, it's a concerted effort by Lian Li to produce an E-ATX/HPTX case in relatively small dimensions. Our testbed is admittedly going to seem a little mundane, dwarfed by this monstrous piece of aluminum designed and destined for only the most powerful of workstations (or enthusiast builds), but that may not matter as much as it first appears. Has Lian Li produced a knockout case, or have they missed the mark?
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My bottom line is this: when a case costs $210, it needs to be well made. Period. It needs to be fairly easy to build in and failing that, it needs to at least justify the difficulty. The PC-A76X only justifies itself in its performance, performance that I'm not entirely convinced makes up for the lack of conveniences. More than that, I'm skeptical as to just how well it can serve its intended purpose as an E-ATX/HPTX enclosure as the severe lack of cable routing holes in the motherboard tray could very well cause the interior to start clogging up with cabling in a hurry.

There's a very good case waiting to be discovered in the PC-A76X, but this design is in dire need of refinement and Lian Li needs to both get with the times and justify the exorbitant price they're asking for this case. It's not the disaster that Cubitek's HPTX ICE was, where Cubitek wanted $359 for a case that couldn't perform anywhere near as well as cases half its price, but it's a lot of money for a case that's missing the features and polish competing cases have. If all you're concerned about is performance, the PC-A76X is probably going to fine in the short and medium term, but if you want to get the most for your money, this isn't it.

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It was a very informative review, but I disagree with some of his thoughts.

I thought a $200 case was considered high-end, not enthusiast. That word is reserved for cases like Mountainmods, Caselabs, Danger Den, Godzilla, and other $300+ cases. Plus, not many cases support HPTX. He talks about E-ATX/HPTX motherboards as if they require a whole lot more cables than a regular board, when most of the time all you need is an extra CPU power cable. He talks about $210 cases needing to be well made, when Lian Li is well known for making high quality cases, and he got a slightly defected unit (bent front door, rattling sound). Most cases in the A75/76X's price range are usually a steel+plastic combination, weigh a whole lot more, and don't look all that professional, imo. This case weighs 20lbs., which is LIGHT for a full tower case. Other cases in its price range are usually 35lbs.+. He talks about a lack of conveniences when the whole case is tool less, there is a bracket to support long video cards, watercooling support, support for large motherboards, and the inclusion of many hard drive bays. I'm also thinking that the door is restricting air from getting into the case efficiently, so the A75X may offer better performance.

I do agree on some of his points though. No fan filters for the front fans is slight step down, but you could always tape on some pantyhoes biggrin.gif. Lack of acoustic dampening is something that would be nice, but that stuff isn't cheap, and it wasn't even included on the A71F. There could also be some more holes for cables to go through, especially if someone is running a lot of graphics cards, but the bottom two holes should be enough for 4 graphics cards. You could probably use the metal strip in the middle of the case to route the pcie cables without messing up the airflow, but that would probably be an unfavorable decision for some people. Removable drive bays would also be a nice feature to have, but I could care less about that, and it would make the case less rigid. I had that feature in my Fractal Design Define XL, and the drive bays never came out, mainly because the performance differences were negligible.

I really think this is a great case, but you just have to put in the extra cash to make it a top contender. For instance, you could ziptie some more fans to the other side of the drive bays, add some more on the top, or throw in a 240 rad up there to give better cooling performance. If someone likes modding, they could put a 420 rad on the front, a 240 on the top, and probably a 120 on the bottom. This is also the perfect case to do "The Mod"/"The Red Mod" on because you could easily ziptie the rads to the drive bays.
Edited by airisom2 - 9/30/12 at 9:03am
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Well Lian-Li just released this case which IS enthusiast and a modders wet dream.

What I like about Lian Li is how hey have cutouts for exhaust unlike other manufacturers that use perforated vents, which I end up cutting a hole anyway.


Edited by gEEKaDE - 9/30/12 at 9:30am
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