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I'm using the official measurements provided by each manufacturer. The SG09 is able to mount an optical drive, btw wink.gif As well as 4x 2.5" drives and 2x 3.5" drives in its stock configuration.

The design of the Q28 just seems very uninspired, and the interior layout of the Q28 looks relatively unchanged from quite a few older Lian Li cases. Sad to see the lack of innovation from one of my favorite case makers frown.gif

I was going off the SG09's specifications;
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Expansion:
External 3.5" Drive Bays
No
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
1
Expansion Slots
4

Which is quite a bit less than what you've listed there tongue.gif

And in order to fit a slim slot load optical drive, it looks like you have to make the decision to loose the mounting of one of the 2.5 or 3.25 drives from that position tongue.gif

But slot loads don't have many options ( I think Newegg has 1 on the entire site last time I looked, lol ).

I'm not sure where you got that info, but it is not correct.

The SG09 can fit 4 x 2.5" drives and 2 x 3.5" drives behind the motherboard tray, AND a slim optical drive. I would know, I own the case wink.gif If you do some light modding, you can fit a few more 3.5" or 2.5" drives in front of the GPU. The Q28 is advertised by Lian Li as supporting up to 7 hard drives total (2.5" and 3.5" combined), and the SG09 can support 6 in its stock configuration.

Here are the official specs from Silverstone's website:
SG09Specs.PNG


In any case, my main point is that the Lian-Li is an ITX case, with the ability to only fit 1 GPU and without the ability to use any decent heatsinks because the PSU is right over the motherboard. Sure, it can use a regular DVD drive and mount a couple of more hard drives, but for me it is very "meh" for an ITX case to be larger than a Micro-ATX which can support SLI and full-sized air coolers.

Other manufactuers have been much more innovative in the layout of their ITX cases IMO. One example, the Fractal Design Node 304, which is smaller than the Q28, fits 6x3.5" hard drives, and supports tall heatsinks, and has a better airflow design with the PSU getting intake air from the outside.

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^Your SG09 doesn't provide you with a place to mount 4*3.25" hard drives ( stock, without modification or imagination ) nor an optical disk. It's a fair trade off. Also are you using the measurements of the actual cage or the entire product? As the Lian Li has little "feet" ( front and back ) or whatever you would like to call it and doesn't sit flush on the bottom like the SG09.

Six 3.5" hard drives if you have a single slot video card, and you can probably put 2 2.5s on the bottom if you're comfortable crowding a double slot. It'd make a great server chassis.
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Is there a place in this world for Lian Li? Is their aluminium/steel of higher quality than what the other manufacturers are doing?

Lian Li tends to have really nice fit, finish and generally good attention to detail, which I think is the big draw to their cases. Unfortunately as many point out, some of their layout choices are a bit odd. Their pricing confuses me sometimes, i.e. why is the PC-Q28 more than double the price of the Q27? Seems like 50% more would make sense.

The PSU placement right over the mobo is unfortunate, imo. I've been considering mini-itx recently and thus far the Prodigy seems like the case to beat.
    
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Like others pointed out, stylish on the exterior, but missing alot of features internally. Nearly no cable management and layout required a ton of work. Modded my v2000 case like crazy to get it to look clean inside, if the 800d was available back then, would have just gotten that instead.

I would probably also get a Prodigy instead of this as well.
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A few people saying Lian Li has layout issues and Bitfenix Prodigy is better, but is it really?

Bitfenix Prodigy = 36.25 l external volume footprint / 26.35 l 'internal' say Bitfenix
Lian Li PC-Q28 = 23.88 l
Lian Li PC-Q27 = 14.40 l

These are very different designs, the Lian Li are truer to the philosophy of SFF and the Prodigy has enough volume that it it's similar size to micro-ATX. It's a good case, but it's not for people who want something really small. These Lian Li could have different layouts, but if you move the PSU the case may not have to increase in overall volume but it would have to be taller or longer, radically changing the look, limiting use on a bookshelf or increasing the true footprint.
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